Chapter RCDS was offered to revive the Ministry of civil aviation

The Chairman of the RCDS Alexander Bastrykin

The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) Alexander Bastrykin in an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, a fragment of which is published on the newspaper’s website, has proposed to revive the Ministry of civil aviation, passing the national aviation authorities.

According to Bastrykin, nowadays, the aviation authorities of Russia consists of three departments — the Federal service for transport supervision, Federal air transport Agency and the Ministry of transport, but the responsibilities between them often “are not clearly delineated, not to mention responsibility”. The provisions of the International civil aviation organization (ICAO) require that aviation authorities in a state party to the Chicago Convention “must be unified, led by a particular person responsible for the operation of the entire industry, and not its individual branches,” he said.

“In this regard, it seems appropriate to consider the transfer functions of these agencies to a single government Agency — the Ministry of civil aviation, as it was in the days of the Soviet Union”, — said Mr. Bastrykin.

There are “some grounds” to speak about system crisis in aviation safety, he said in an interview. According to him, the conclusions of Russian investigators in the preliminary investigation of crashes that indicate “the existence of serious problems in the industry.” In particular, he noted that “many questions” raised to the status of the aircraft. According to Bastrykin, the fact that foreign aircraft operating in Russia, often registered in foreign jurisdictions, “pre-empts” the Supervisory authorities the possibility of obtaining detailed information about the technical condition of vessels. In addition, the Russian legislation does not oblige the airline to prevodit technical documentation of the aircraft on Russian language, said the head of the RCDS. According to him, the result is the possibility of violation of the rules of operation of the aircraft due to an incorrect translation.

The Ministry of civil aviation has existed from 1964 until 1991. After liquidation of the Department its functions transferred to the Ministry of transport.