EASA Slams the Door on Russian Aerospace

 - March 24, 2022, 9:38 AM
This Kamov Ka-32A11M made its first flight in Bashkortostan, Russia in November of 2021 and has now been stripped of its EASA type certificate as a result of Russia's conflict with Ukraine. (Photo: Rostec)

The continuing conflict in Ukraine has prompted EASA to suspend the type certificates of Russian-made aircraft, strip Part 145 approvals from Russian MROs, and remove Third Country Operator (TCO) certificates from Russian operators. Affected are aircraft such as the Irkut SSJ 100/95, Beriev BE-103 and BE-200ES-E, Tupolev Tu-204, and Russian Helicopters Ka-32.

This action is seen as de minimus on Russian airlines, which the European Union previously banned from its airspace. However, the Ka-32 utility helicopter is operated by a variety of European countries, including Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.

EASA said it was taking the action in accordance with EU sanctions that prohibit providing "technical assistance or other services related to the goods and technology suited for use in aviation or the space industry, whether or not originating in the [EU], and to the provision, manufacture, maintenance and use of those goods and technology, directly or indirectly, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia.”

Thus, EASA has suspended all certificates it has issued—including those for products, parts, and appliances, as well as the certificates for organizations and flight simulation training devices—where the holder is located or residing in Russia or otherwise subject to the sanctions. The move also applies to pending or new applications for EASA certificates, in addition to aircraft leasing and airline code-sharing agreements.