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Bill in Russia at GASR meeting
Bill Voss returned this weekend from Russia where he had been attending the Global Aviation Safety Roadmap meeting in St. Petersburg. There were two main themes of the meeting. The first was on better monitoring of foreign aircraft in a manner consistent with the European SAFA program. Bill is pleased to note that there were real steps taken in the effort to counter flights taken by aircraft with purposely confusing ownership, operations and regulatory oversight as many of these aircraft are operating for shady operators for shady reasons. Several of the CIS states that made up the former Soviet Union have agreed to do better and more frequent inspections of these foreign-owned aircraft. This is a real step forward. The other focus was the problem of loss of control. The meeting came up with several tangible recommendations regarding education efforts targeting the unique problems encountered by eastern operators
Both of these efforts involved the exchange of safety information and many of the airlines in attendance expressed grave concern over the increasing lack of protection for aviation safety data. This issue is near and dear to the heart of FSF.
Posted - 10/25 - 9:40am