Rostransnadzor supported the idea of extending the maintenance of Western aircraft, TASS reports . The agency cites a department statement. A number of airlines approached the Federal Air Transport Agency and Rostransnadzor with such a proposal, Rostransnadzor notes.
“This practice is also provided for in the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization and has existed in many leading aviation administrations for several decades and has proven itself,” the press service of Rostransnadzor said.
Earlier, Aeroflot and a number of private airlines proposed to extend maintenance periods “in exceptional cases”. The proposal is due to the fact that due to the sanctions, the repair time for the components of the liners has increased several times. In particular, instead of 20 days, the repair of the fuel supply control unit (HMU) in the Airbus A320 engines lasted for four months.
According to Russian pilot and aviation expert Denis Okan, "exceptional cases" could very soon become commonplace.
““No one will go to reduce the exactingness! No one will release a plane without proper maintenance, ”they said more recently. “Maintenance intervals invented cowards! they say now. "Safety will not be affected!" How soon will exceptional cases become commonplace?
As an aviation expert explained to The Insider on condition of anonymity, the practice does exist, but it requires mandatory consultations with the manufacturer - that is, Boeing, Airbus or Embraer.
“Such a practice is indeed provided for in aviation. But it is of an exceptional one-time nature and in agreement with the manufacturer. If it is necessary to increase the overhaul or service life of a part, unit or unit, then the technical condition of this unit is examined, and then a consultation with the manufacturer takes place. As for the situation in Russia, most likely it will not be exclusive and not one-time, it will all become commonplace and a habit. And since neither Boeing, nor Airbus, nor Embraer will most likely engage in consultations, decisions on this will be made by airlines without the consent of the developer, but after consultations with employees of the Federal Air Transport Agency, Rostransnadzor, and so on. Given the competence of these people to assess the possibility of further operation of an aircraft with such a part, I doubt that this decision will be adequate. In the end, everything can lead to flight incidents - either to accidents or to disaster.