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About the 36th Session of the Interstate Council on Aviation and Use of Airspace

On March 2018 the 36th Session of the Interstate Council on Aviation and Use of Airspace was held in its headquarters in Baku. Representatives of almost all countries of the Region took part in the meeting. 

The session was opened by the President of the Council, doctor Tatiana Anodina. She expressed gratitude to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, government, aviation authorities of Azerbaijan and "AZAL" CJSC for creating conditions for work and supporting the international activities of the Council and its staff in Baku.

Minister of Communications, Transport and High Technologies Ramin Kuluzade gave a welcoming speech to participants of the meeting fr om the President and Government of the Republic of Zaerbaijan. 

Ms. Anodina presented a report on the results of the work, programs, innovations and initiatives of the Interstate Council/IAC on the implementation of the decisions of the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, implementation of the ICAO-IAC unlimited project agreement (Montreal 2016) and agreements with IATA (Moscow, Geneva 2017), Interstate Council decisions and over 90 existing international agreements. T. Anodina informed about the results of the negotiations with the Director General of IATA Alexandre de Juniac held in February 2018 on further development of cooperation in the field of security on civil aviation of the Region and international aviation.

During the Council session a wide range of issues was considered and discussed including the progress of ICAO-IAC project; the state of flight safety in civil aviation in the region; the improvement of the aviation regulation system and their further harmonization with the ICAO standards and IATA recommendations; the initiatives of the Interstate Council/IAC in the field of improving air traffic management and air navigation support; liberalization of air transport activities, increase of the availability of aviation services for the population of the states-parties of the Agreement and implementation of the international training program for aviation specialists in cooperation with ICAO and IATA; the development of research and expert activities, the financial audit of IAC, further improvement of activities of the Interstate Council and the IAC and others.

On the proposal of the President of the Interstate Council, the Head of Aviation Authorities of the Republic of Belarus, Kostin Vladimir Borisovich, was unanimously elected vice-president of the Interstate Council by consensus. Previously, the First Vice President of the Interstate Council (Headquarters), the Head of the Aviation Authorities of the Republic of Armenia and the Vice Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan were unanimously elected at the request of the states.

At the end of the Session of the Interstate Council a solemn ceremony of awarding the leaders of aviation authorities, aviation enterprises and representatives of the states of the region in various nominations for achievements in the field of flight safety, development of international integration cooperation and high professionalism, as well as active participation in the ICAO-IAC Project took place. A special place in the ceremony was taken by awarding of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute for outstanding scientific contribution to the development of international aviation and the aerospace industry and in connection with the 100th anniversary of its foundation.

All participants of the Council Session approved the programs and initiatives of the Interstate Council/IAC, as well as the importance of the work of the Interstate Council/IAC on the implementation of international safety programs, primarily independent investigation and development of measures to prevent accidents, aviation security, and stressed the need for further development of these activities in close cooperation with ICAO, IATA, states of the region and international aviation community.

All participants of the Session reaffirmed their commitment to the ICAO 'No Country Left Behind" and the IATA 'Partnership for Security programs" Programs.

At the Session, the presented draft decision on all items on the agenda was discussed and, taking into account a number of additions, the Decision was adopted unanimously.

Working papers on the Agenda and all materials presented at the Session were forwarded to the meeting participants.

The Session was held in a constructive, professional and friendly atmosphere.




36th Session

Headquaters of the Interstate Council Baku, 15 March 2018


1.                   Welcoming remarks by the President and Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

2.                   The outcome and further improvement of Interstate Council/IAC activity. Interstate Council/IAC programs, innovations and initiatives on implementation of the recent decisions of the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, implementation of the ICAO-IAC open agreement of 2016 (Montreal 2016), agreement with IATA (Moscow, Geneva 2017), Interstate Council decisions. 

Tatiana Anodina – President of the Interstate Council, Chairperson of the Interstate Aviation Committee 

3.                   Flight safety level in civil aviation and need for continous process of hazards identiication and risk management. 

4.                   About IAC activity within the framework of the ICAO flight safety programs, about regional cooperation and counteraction with states within the framework of the ICAO continous monitoring mechanism, implementation of innovative technologies and exchange of best practices based on collaboration with international organisations. 

5.                   The progress of the ICAO-IAC "Flight safety enhancement and continued airworthiness" project implementation. 

6.                   About the initiatives in the field of liberalization of air transport activity, improvement of aviation services availability for population of the member states of the Agreement and implementation of aviation specialists training program in collaboration with the ICAO and IATA. 

7.                   About the initiatives in the field of upgrasing of air traffic management, air navigation support and liberalization of airspace use.

8.                   About upgrading of aviation regulations system and their further harmonization with the ICAO standards, IATA recommendations and avation regulations of the USA (FAR) and Europen Union (CS).  

9.                  About development of innivation-expert and research activity. 

10.                Other.

Presentation of T. Anodina.                                                                                

Dear colleagues!

The previous Council Session with the participation of the ICAO President, as well as the Council Session International Conference in 2017 took place on the basis of of the headquarters of the Interstate Council under the auspices of the 70th anniversary of ICAO and the 25th anniversary of the signing of the interstate Agreement on Civil Aviation and Use of Airspace, establishment of Interstate Council on Aviation - the supreme body of the Agreement and its executive body - Interstate Aviation Committee. Over the years, guided by the principles of the Chicago Convention and ICAO standards, a long way has been passed, filled with fruitful professional work for the safe, economical and sustainable development of aviation as an integral part of the infrastructure of the entire international aviation industry. (slides 1 to 4).

The basic principle of the Agreement, as an international agreement, remains: adherence to international norms, respect for national sovereignty and sovereign airspace, mutual trust and a common desire for the effective and safe development of aviation.

Over the years, according to estimates of leading states, ICAO and other international organizations, we were able to create and implement an effective and balanced mechanism for global-regional cooperation in the field of civil aviation and aviation industry, which served as a model for similar organizations in other regions of the world with which we successfully cooperate. (slides 5 to 6).

The Interstate Council and the IAC cooperate on the basis of international agreements, including within the framework of full-scale agreements with India, Canada, China, the United States, as well as agreements with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, Africa, Middle East and Latin America, international organizations - ICAO, CIS , EurAsEC, IATA, EASA, ITSA, COCESNA, IFALPA and others. A total of 77 states and 19 international organizations, the main of which is ICAO.

Working closely with the main manufacturers of aircraft equipment in the United States, states of the European Union, Canada, China, Brazil and transnational corporations, including Airbus, Boeing and aviation industry in the region, Eastern Europe, the IAC Aviation Register has certified more than 150 types of aircraft and engines manufactured in countries of our region and others (slide 7).

102 international aerodromes in our region and 550 types of air navigation systems and air traffic control centers certified by thr IAC provided qualitatively new opportunities for the development of an international network of air services.

Today, more than 500 thousand km of international air routes have been opened in our region, including the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Asian routes. It is necessary to work more actively with the concerned countries on the development of cross-polar flights, as well as between neighboring states of the region and especially internal regional routes in the states.

Dear colleagues!

The main concep of our activity in accordance with the ICAO guidance on the regulation of international air transport is to promote the creation of economic and organizational conditions ensuring the availability of air transportation on the basis of demonopolization and market liberalization. (slide 8).

In total, 12 specialized expert Coordination Councils for various areas of air transport activity successfully operate within the IAC.

IAC, as an international independent body registered in this capacity in ICAO, has conducted investigations and expert assessments with the participation of representatives of concerned states in accordance with Annex 13 of the ICAO Chicago Convention over 800 accidents, including the largest catastrophes in 76 countries. We actively cooperate with the bodies of the investigation of state aviation, with which we recently have concluded a new Agreement. None of the conclusions of the IAC was appealed in procedural order. (slide 9).

Together with our colleagues from the International Transport Safety Association ITSA, which includes 16 independent peace investigation bodies, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Japan, Australia, which member IAC has been over 20 years, we do our best to ensure that the society so that the society does not lose confidence in air transportation. In May 2018 ITSA meeting will be held under the auspices of the Interstate Council / IAC on the basis of the headquarters of the Interstate Council in Baku. (slide 10).

We constantly publish and inform our colleagues, and also inform the ICAO and the public on the investigation of aircraft crashes in order to jointly develop recommendations aimed at preventing accidents and improving the safety of international civil aviation flights. These recommendations are constantly sent to States and the ICAO. (slide 11).

However, unfortunately, most of them are not implemented, as it will be discussed in subsequent reports and in the Report on flight safety level in Civil Aviation of the contracting states of the Agreement in 2017 (transmitted to the participants of the Interstate Council session and published on the IAC website).

Independent international investigation and implementation of the developed measures jointly with aviation authorities of the region gives certain positive results. The previous 2 years proved to be the most safe for international aviation and passenger commercial transportations in the region's states on heavy transport aircraft. However, this can not be said about transportation by helicopters, small aircraft and general aviation.

Dear colleagues.

The names of the Interstate Council and the IAC are associated with the most important international decisions, accepted and highly appreciated within the framework of the ICAO, international organizations and states, including (slide 12):

• implementation of an effective model of regional cooperation of neighboring states;

• implementation of ICAO standards for independent investigation of accidents on the basis of the latest technologies and the joint opportunities of States;

• organization of international industrial cooperation of developers and manufacturers of aviation equipment not only in our region, but also with the states of the European Union, the American continent, China, India, Israel and others;

• our regional program on aviation terrorism counteraction is assessed by the ICAO as one of the best in the world;

• international program on monitoring and supervision over flight safety at the regional level is successfully implemented.

Finally, the ICAO CNS / ATM concept, based on the use of global satellite communications, navigation and surveillance systems, and the integration of ground, air borne and space systems with digital data links, is being widely implemented. So, based on the results of implementation in Russia and other countries, in accordance with the requirements of the ICAO, all conditions for using GNSS as the main means of navigation are provided, including for PBN flights and landings at  unequipped aerodromes. This is of utmost importance for the economy of all states of our region. (slide 13).

For the exceptional contribution to the implementation of this international program and the civil use of the GPS / GLONASS systems, as well as the establishment of the IAC as a world-recognized regional international organization, the IAC Chairman, on behalf of the ICAO Member States, received the UN's highest award (ICAO) - the Gold Medal and the Edward Warner Award. Only 40 people have been honoured to receive this Award for 72 years. I believe that this is not only my merit, but also the merit of my colleagues. (slide 14).

Dear colleagues!

2016 and 2017 became significant in the development of our cooperation with ICAO and IATA.

I am proud to inform you that during the previous ICAO Assembly with the President of the ICAO, a new Agreement (in addition to the former) on cooperation with the Interstate Council / IAC was signed. The agreement was the result of our long-term fruitful cooperation with ICAO and marks a new stage of counteraction in the field of ICAO Standards implementation in the states of the region. (slide 15).

The President recognized the need to further deepen international and regional cooperation, including those aimed at supporting the ICAO initiative "No country left behind," and also emphasized "the efficiency of the IAC work, its great international authority and experience in the field of security and sustainable development of international civil aviation ".

Signing of this Agreement allows us to make fuller use of the potential of ICAO and our regional cooperation.

Another significant event for us, which took place on the margins of the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, was signing under the patronage of ICAO Secretary-General Dr. Fan Liu of the document on the permanent extension of the ICAO-IAC (COSCAP) project "Flight safety enhancement and continuing airworthiness", specialists training and development of model legislation. (slide 16).

Prolongation and expansion of the ICAO-IAC Project is another recognition of the effectiveness of the Interstate Council / IAC and the result of our successful and fruitful work with the participation of all the states of the region, aviation science and industry. (slide 17).

The ICAO-IAC project, implemented since 2000, and to date is one of the longest and most successful COSCAP projects in the ICAO Bureau of Technical Cooperation Program. With the assistance of partners from ICAO, Russian aviation science and industry, Airbus, Boeing, as well as the FAA of the United States and the EU, it has become an example of successful use of traditional methods of aviation specialists training in the form of seminars, conferences, symposiums, as well as innovative methods involving modern aviation simulator complexes, workshops at air fields and on the basis of aircraft in operation. The project participants emphasize the special contribution made by experts from Airbus and its management.

The approaches and initiatives developed in the framework of the Project in the field of aviation specialists training were highly appreciated by the states as more efficient and cost-effective and with the possibility of attracting more of the best aviation specialists of states. (slide 18).

Within the framework of the Project, over 100 different events were held, 9,500 aviation specialists including state inspectors were trained with issuance of international certificates to them. More than 20 model laws on ICAO and IATA standards have been developed. (slide 19).

Practical cooperation to assist the states of the region and within the framework of the "Continuous Monitoring Approach" (USOAP) program is expanding. This assistance has proved to be effective in such countries as Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, etc.

As part of the work on the development of new ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices at international sites, the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly recommends the expansion of regional cooperation in order to mobilize resources in addressing safety priorities. This is facilitated by the positive results of the establishment of regional organizations and accident investigation (RAIO), in our example of safety oversight (RSOO) in Central and Latin America, Southeast Asia, the African continent. (slide 20).

Within the development of new ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices at international sites, recommendations on he expansion of regional cooperation in order to mobilize resources in addressing safety priorities were given at the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly. This is facilitated by the positive results of the establishment of regional accident investigation organizations (RAIO), in our example of Regional Safety Oversight Organisations (RSOO) in Central and Latin America, Southeast Asia, African continent. (slide 20).

The ICAO Manual on the Establishment of Such Regional Organizations recommends the IAC to be taken as an example of the implementation of effective regional cooperation in this field.

ICAO encourages States to strengthen regional and subregional cooperation in order to contribute to the achievement of the highest level of flight safety.

I want to emphasize that the essential role for fligt safety (2017-2019) is globally given by the ICAO to Regional Safety Oversight Organizations (RSOO) and  Regional Accident and Incident Investigation Organizations (RAIO). It is noted that "The RSOO model, time-honored, is an important tool for many states for sharing resources and prevent duplication of effort." And here as an example Interstate Council / IAC is supported by the management of ICAO, IATA and international community.

ICAO notes that, ultimately, this is the creation of a new mechanism for the Global Aviation Safety Oversight System GASOS. According to the ICAO plan, GASOS should implemented no later than January 2020.

Why did ICAO take such initiative? The answer to this question lies, both in the results of the conducted audits, and in the forecast of civil aviation development, including in the states of our region (slide 21):

1. not all States currently have (and will not have in the foreseeable future) the necessary human and financial resources to comply with ICAO Standards and independently achieve acceptable level of flight safety;

2. currently there is a duplication of effort in the field of monitoring, audit, certification, licensing, which entails excessive financial and time expenditures;

3. according to ICAO forecasts the next 15 years the intensity of civil aviation flights in the world will double, and the current safety management system is not ready for this;

4. business models of ownership, leasing, aircraft registration change, technologies change, and flight safety management system must be ready for this.

IAC is a professional, recognized partner of ICAO and IATA in the implementation of these initiatives and programs.

We are currently actively working with ICAO, IATA, EASA, Eurocontrol and other international and regional organisations within the working groups and are the leading organisation for preparation of working papers for the 13th ICAO Global Air Navigation Conference, which will be held in October 2018.

Dear colleagues!

Today's 36th Session has a special nature and marks a milestone, as well as the difficult time we live in. Our decisions at the Session will determine the policy of the Interstate Council and the IAC for many years to come.

Like the whole world, like many of our countries and international organisations, we have passed through large-scale, difficult change, coped with absolutely new and very complex economic, political, social challenges, preserved our international aviation professional community and adherence to international law, as an independent, non-political international organisation recognized throughout the world, and have now embarked on the path of new innovative and software development.

Over the years of our conscientious work with states, ICAO, IATA and other international organisations, we have ensured sustainability and stable growth in almost all areas of civil aviation. This is critical for such a vast territory as our region, with a complex national arrangement of ATM systems, a variety of airfield infrastructure, with different types of aircraft currently operating in our states.

In the opinion of States and international organisations, the Interstate Council and the IAC are constructive international mechanisms for implementing ICAO's fundamental principles in the region, providing States with undisputed advantages in consolidating their efforts in the field of flight safety. The results of ICAO audits in the states showed not only the high level of standards supported by the Interstate Council / IAC in its activities, but also the high level of confidence to the organisation by auditors and ICAO in general, and, importantly, great potential for further growth. At the same time, I would like to emphasize that the IAC activity received the highest level at audits - more than 80%, which means higher than the world average, pan-European indicators and indicators of our states.

But, all our successes would have been impossible without the support of states, without the support of aviation authorities, aviation science and industry. Undoubtedly, support of the heads of state and government of our region for which the development of civil aviation and its compliance with ICAO standards, primarily on the basis of international integration, is a strategic state task is very important for us.

Over the past time since the previous session, I have met practically with all the leaders and heads of state, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Ministers of Transport, the heads of aviation administrations of our region, the ICAO and IATA management, and I am very grateful for the constructive exchange of views on the main aspects of aviation development and their support.

Dear colleagues.

As you are aware, by decision of the Interstate Council and in accordance with the decisions of the President, Parliament and Government of Azerbaijan the Agreement between the Interstate Council and the Government on working conditions of the Council and stay its headquarters in Azerbaijan. In April 2016 the headquarters of the Interstate Council was opened and today we are here, in the heart of Baku, in its historical part, wh ere the office is able to provide all necessary activities for the Interstate Council activity. The IAC headquarters - executive body of the Interstate Council as previously is in Moscow.

A huge amount of work has been done for 2 years of work of the Interstate Council headquarters in Baku. Over 10 international events, including training courses of the ICAO-IAC programs on Airbus family, expert meeting in the field of flight safety of the European IE-REST flights and meeting of ICAO EUR/NAT Coordination Group (RCOG), FDA workshop on flight data analysis of the ICAO-IAC project, signing of memorandums, meetings with the leaders of civil aviation and many other things were held. (slides 22 - 23).

As I have mentioned, in May, the Interstate Council was entitled to host the meeting of the heads of the independent transport accident investigation body under the auspices of the International Transport Safety Association ITSA, an active member of which the IAC has been for over 20 years.

The headquarters of the Interstate Council, as well as IAC has become an important element in the implementation of flight safety initiatives in the region, advocate of our joint policy in ensuring the accessibility and efficiency of air transport communication, and that is important, the element of cultural, inter-ethnic and inter-state communication.

Dear colleagues!

Over the years, like I said, we have created an effective and sustainable mechanism for implementing advanced initiatives in the field of safe and sustainable flights in the region. However, our impressive results are the basis, but not a guarantee of further development. We have no right to allow the achievements to lead to complacency. Moreover, many problems in aviation are still far from being resolved, and today we are lagging behind in terms of compliance with ICAO standards and security promotion and cost-effectiveness of flights, introduction of new technologies.

The role of civil aviation in the world today is determined by modern, innovative technologies, but first of all by people, the human potential, the development of which requires our focused efforts. It is here that we need to make a decisive breakthrough.

A solid foundation for this has been created. That is why today we can set and solve tasks of a new level. The Interstate Council and the IAC already have experience in implementation of large-scale international and interstate programs and projects. Our model of regional cooperation and development has demonstrated its sustainability. The achieved results and their recognition by ICAO, the world community and states open new opportunities for breakthrough development, for long-term growth.

In the world today huge technological potential accumulates, which allows us to make a real leap in improving the quality of our work, in modernizing civil aviation, infrastructure and management systems. How effectively can we use the colossal opportunities of the innovation-technological revolution, how will we answer its challenge? And in this sense, the next few years will be decisive for us, both for our future and for the future of aviation.

According to the forecasts of ICAO and IATA, in the next 15 years the world expects a doubling of traffic in civil aviation. The technological gap in the control and monitoring system here is fraught with serious consequences for the safety and cost-effectiveness of flights around the world.

And today we need to ensure such a constructive force, such a dynamic development, that no obstacles - interstate and interdepartmental conflicts, and sometimes intrigues - would prevent us from making solid progress for the sake of sustainable, cost-effective development of civil aviation.

Today, the most important competitive advantage is knowledge, technology and competence. This is the key to a real breakthrough, to improving the quality of our work and the level of flight safety.

In this regard, dear colleagues, the Interstate Council and the IAC, implementing the decisions of the 35th Session of the Interstate Council and the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, the IATA programs are actively engaged in creation of new mechanisms for implementing global-regional programs, ensuring safety and cost-effectiveness of flights, both based on newly created international instruments and programs, and on the basis of modernization of existing mechanisms of interaction, about which my colleagues will report.

A new stage in the development of our region can be the creation of an independent and effective Regional Safety Management System (RSMS). (slide 24).

Thanks to the new system in interaction with contracting states of the Agreement within the framework of continuous monitoring program (USOAP) the ICAO will be able to assist States in ICAO Audits and off-blacklisting, by involving high-level experts in order to improve flight safety performance. Unfortunately, not all states have a level that corresponds to the world average.

The concept of a regional safety management system is that states that have significant achievements and good results in some area (say ATC, aerodromes, etc.) provide assistance to those states that have difficulties or problems in this area.

For example, based on the results of the ICAO audit, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan achieved the highest level for air navigation support in the region, Uzbekistan for airworthiness, Belarus and Russia for aviation security, etc. In turn, the Republic of Moldova, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are leading in terms of flight safety performance in the airport activity, Armenia for the implementation of international standards, etc.

Involvement of specialists from these countries could increase these indicators in other State parties of the Agreement. 

I want to enphasize the obvious advantages of this approach:

- closer cooperation and mutual understanding between the states of our region,

- an increase in the overall flight safety in the region,

- unification of approaches to solving problems related to safety and stability of flights,

- community of cultures and understanding, since in communication, along with English may be used as well as the Russian language, which is the language of the UN and ICAO.

The ultimate goal of this work is both a systematic increase in the flight safety performance in each state, and an increase in the average indicator for the results of ICAO audits in the region above the world average of 66% by ICAO.

Currently, this concept is becoming more clearly defined and organizational and scientific and technical base is being created, and I hope that in the near future, within the framework of the Interstate Council / IAC, we will have the opportunity to implement cross-assistance within our region, which allows us to create a Regional safety management system. This is the ICAO task, and we are carrying it out.To accomplish this task, an International Scientific and Expert Advisory Center is being established on the basis of the IAC for the implementation of innovative programs.

To accomplish this task, an International Scientific and Expert Advisory Center for the implementation of innovative programsis is being established on the basis of the IAC.

In 2015, the IAC initiated the establishment of the Scientific and Technical Center (STC) - our common intellectual and technical base for all our states and types of aviation, including not only civil, but also state. The creation of the Center and its software was aimed consolidating efforts to introduce innovative technologies and independent expertise during accidents investigation, flight safety research, aviation specialists training, modeling and monitoring security, potential risks and threats in the region.

In January 2018, a new laboratory of the Scientific and Technical Center designed to become a hub for the development of innovative technologies in the field of flight safety was opened. (slides 25 to 26). Today, our Center for the assessment of international experts is the leading center in the region and one of the best similar organisations in the world. It is ready to develop and introduce innovative technologies in the field of flight safety. The laboratory of STC is unique in terms of equipping and training, mathematical and semi-natural modeling and we invite states and international organizations to participate. Software and technical equipment of the IAC STC Laboratory is intellectual and material property of the Interstate Council and the IAC for general use by the States Parties to the Agreement.


What should be the priority for us? I repeat: the main, the key factor of development is the training of qualified personnel and technological innovation development.

We need to seriously update the structure of personnel employment in civil aviation, which is largely ineffective and archaic today, to give people a good job, especially to flight and technicial personnel which motivates, allows to professionally realize themselves, to create modern, well-paid jobs.

Resolution of all these issues requires an integrated approach. I believe that we have already started working with states and airlines to prepare a special program of system support and to improve the quality of international training of aviation specialists.

Based on the best practices and experience, we need to quickly modernize the system of vocational education, achieve quality changes in the training of aviation personnel, organise centers of advanced professional retraining for modern simulators and simulation complexes for upgrading skills for already operating centers and specialists. And we already have such examples in the states.

In order to implement our new programs and initiatives on September 6, 2017, I signed a new Agreement with the Director General of IATA, Mr. De Jouniac, who has recently took up this high post. The agreement provides for further consolidation of the efforts and resources of organizations to ensure the compliance of civil aviation systems of the contracting states of the Agreement, ICAO and IATA Standards to ensure sustainable and cost-effective development of air transport in the region and the world as a whole. (slide 27).

On February 2, 2018, at IATA headquarters in Geneva, my meeting with the Director General of IATA with the participation of IATA regional leaders on implementation this Agreement and discussion of our new initiatives were held. I will read out a number of them (slide 28):

*    In the field of flight safety, the IAC, supporting ICAO programs - "No Country Left Behind" and IATA - "Partnership for Security" and on the basis of the Global Aviation Safety Plan the ICAO will fully promote the further implementation of ICAO and IATA Standards in States in the region, including IOSA quality standards and other IATA standards.

*    IAC offered IATA to become a partner of the ICAO-IAC project, one of the most successful ICAO projects aimed at improving flight safety and airworthiness.

*    Ensuring flight safety in areas of potential and military conflicts, etc.

At present, we are developing and have initiated the interstate Aviation Personnel Training Program, in which the leading role is given to the cooperation of states based on the most effective use of resources and implementation of best practices. (slide 29).

-       Azerbaijan - Flight crew - on the basis of the training center of the National Academy.

-       Armenia, Georgia - Liberalization of airspace (open sky).

-       Belarus - Overhaul and Aviation security - on the basis of the National traning center. 

-       Russia - Flight crew, aviation security, aviation medicine on the basis of the Aerospace Medical Center.

-       Uzbekistan - Flight standards, maintaining airworthiness.

-       Ukfaine - Training of engineering and technical personnel - on the basis of the National University. 

*    We invited IATA to participate in this Program and jointly coordinate further work in the field of aviation specialists training. 

IAC has developed the Program for Increasing the Availability and Economic Sustainability of Aviation Communications for States in the Region, based on the following aspects (slide 30):

1) development of balanced positions and recommendations/proposals to aviation authorities on the development of new routes and operators activities with different economic models

2) development of recommendations/proposals on non-discriminatory and transparent access to air transportation markets. 

3) preparation of recommendations/proposals on measures of economic state support for airlines - low-costers when opening new routes;

4) assistance to state regulation of air navigation and airfield charges and airport privatization.

To implement this program, the Coordinating Council of the Interstate Council/IAC has been established in conjunction with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia and the Interstate Council on Antimonopoly Policy for the liberalization of airspace, increasing the availability of air transportation, demonopolization and ensuring the economic sustainability of flights.

* IAC invited IATA representatives to become participants in this program.

* In the field of environmental protection, IAC, together with ICAO and IATA, is ready to fully assist the states in the region to participate in the CORSIA program, including at the stage of application of alternative fuels, international certification of aviation equipment and its operation. We are ready to develop a joint plan for the implementation of relevant activities during the ICAO pilot phase.

The IATA management noted the importance and highly appreciated the work carried out by the Interstate Council/IAC on the implementation of international safety programs, primarily independent investigation and development of measures on accidents prevention, aviation security, ecology, aviation specialists training and other our programs and stressed the need for further joint development of these activities.

In the near future, my communication with the ICAO management is scheduled.

(slide 31).

Dear participants of the Session, 

The whole world is now passing through a critical period, and the leader will be one who is ready and capable of change, one who is active and moving forward. We have shown such will at all defining stages of our development.

In order to meet new challenges and international standards, IAC has made serious changes in its activities. Both the structure of the IAC divisions and the management principles, based on the program approach, have changed. In accordance with the recommendations of the Interstate Council, we have developed and introduced the "Provision on the procedure for the formation and implementation of the cost estimates for support of the Interstate Aviation Committee activity", "Provision on the Stabilization Fund", "Provision conditions of service in the IAC", and we have the support of States in implementing data of necessary innovations. I want to thank the Ministry of Finance of Russia and other states for their help in this work.

Today at the Session, the updated version of the "Concept of Harmonization of National Air Traffic Management Systems" based on the extensive use of GNSS systems, which is being implemented in the states of the Agreement is presented to your attention.

New versions of Aviation Regulations in the field aerodromes and equipment certification, aviation equipment certification, which is an important part of the ongoing work to maintain a high level of compliance with ICAO international standards and harmonization with EASA and FAA standards, as well as other working documents are also presented.

Challenges, enormours tasks have a special significance for our aviation life. As before, we need to be bold in our plans, joint actions, take the initiative, responsibility, become stronger, and therefore - benefit our states, our aviation. And then the coming years in uneasy political and economic realities will undoubtedly become a time of our stability and common success.

We are absolutely confident in our success with you.

Dear ladies and gentlemen, participants and our meeting!

I would like once again to thank everyone, and also express special gratitude to the heads of states and government, relevant ministries, foreign ministries for their support of the Interstate Council and IAC, our science and industry, international organisations, ICAO, IATA for fruitful long-term cooperation. In conclusion, I would like to wish successes in the forthcoming elections in Russia and Azerbaijan, to congratulate you on the coming Nowruz and Easter, and also to wish everyone health, peace and a clear sky.

Attached documents:

aIP-01 Повестка дня.docx (236.98 KB)

IAC-36.Выступление Председателя.docx (331.69 KB)

IAC-36.Выступление Председателя.pdf (9.52 MB)