Ukrainian Antonov design bureau published a statement in response for many requests for information about the intention of the Russian Federation Aviation authorities to refuse the Antonov’s maintenance services for An-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ airworthiness and transfer the Developer functions to one of the Russian enterprises, Joinfo.ua reports.
“SE Antonov officially declares that it did not and will not transfer its rights and obligations prescribed by international aviation standards, and continues to perform all the Developer functions for civil aircraft An-124-100 ‘Ruslan’,” said in the press release.
“SE Antonov complies with international aviation standards contained in the Airworthiness Manual (Doc 9760) of the Manual of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as the organization responsible for the type design (Part I, “Definitions and Abbreviations”), type certificate holder responsible for the design documentation of aviation products, the permanent compliance of the product type design to the aircraft airworthiness standards,” said the company.
According to these standards, “the organization-developer of the type design that receives information from all operators of aircraft of this type, is best qualified to develop recommendations to address the problems arising during the operation of aircraft equipment.”
“SE Antonov is a developer of the commercial aircraft AN-124-100 and a holder of certificate №TL 0021, issued by the aeronautical authorities of Ukraine and №24-124-100 Type Certificate issued by the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC). SE Antonov is also a holder of the Developer Certificate №UA.21J.0016 aircraft, issued by the aeronautical authorities of Ukraine, the Aviation Equipment Developer Certificate No P-2 issued by AR IAC. In accordance with the ICAO Airworthiness Guidelines, Antonov performs all the duties of the certificate holder of the type and organization responsible for the type design in respect of the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan’, “ said in the statement.
“Thus, only the SE Antonov has a complete set of design and evidential documentation on the results of the certification of the aircraft,” the company stressed.
“The company did not transfer test materials to any recipient, allowing to carry out responsibilities for maintaining the airworthiness of the aircraft. SE “Antonov” as a developer of aviation equipment has a full staff of highly qualified engineers and specialists, laboratories and equipment for static and fatigue tests, for continuous monitoring of the technical condition of these unique aircrafts, which enable [Antonov] to react promptly in advance and exclude the occurrence of an unsafe condition of an aircraft structure in operation,” Antonov stated.
According to the statement, “any attempt to transfer the functions of the organization responsible for the type design to another company in the presence of a functioning Developer grossly contravenes the ICAO standards, as well as aviation rules and regulations of the EU, the US, Ukraine and Russia.”
“In the case of the withdrawal of civilian aircraft AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ from the supervision of the SE Antonov, the company will be forced to appeal to the international aviation organizations a statement of withdrawal from responsibility for ensuring the safe operation of the aircraft on international flights. Any accidents, possible in this case, will cause a threat to life or property of the citizens of the countries, operating those aircrafts,” SE Antonov said.
“In this regard, the State Enterprise Antonov takes a principled and consistent position: operation of Antonov aircrafts should be carried out in strict accordance with the requirements of international aviation laws and operational documentation developed by the SE Antonov,” the company stressed.
It should be recalled that Antonov design bureau signed a contract with Canadian Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) on supply of cockpit avionics.
Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) will supply cockpit avionics for AN-124 transport aircraft, as well as the An-148/158/178 aircrafts, according to the two contracts signed by the management of the Ukrainian concern and Esterline CMC Electronics during Farnborough Air Show in the UK.