Agreement between Mexico and Russia to streamline the airworthiness of aircraft

The aviation authorities of Mexico and Russia have reached a definitive agreement to advance the certification and airworthiness of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft that will be exported to corporations, state governments or the federal government from 2021 without major obstacles. The agreement was signed in late November 2020, but was kept confidential at the request of the Russian government so as not to create pressure in the negotiations that resulted in tools that simplify the procedures for the approval and validation of the design and operation of helicopters and helicopters Russian planes that are used in Mexico in versions for civilian use.

The signatories of the agreement are the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (AFAC), the Secretariat for Communication and Transport (SCT) for Mexico and the Federal Aviation Office (AFTA) under the direction of Alexander Neradko for Russia. The agreement includes the Ansat and Mi-171 A2 helicopters. – The first arrived in Mexico in May 2020 and was brought by the Mexican company Craft Avia Center, which operates in the Jalisco Stadium and since 2017 has announced its project to introduce the Ansat in the domestic market as an aircraft for civil and multi-purpose use, designed as an air taxi, executive transport and life support air ambulance.

In fact, the agreement was one of the last instruments that Rodrigo Vzquez Colmenares signed at the helm of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (AFAC) and which was created in 2019 to replace the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC). Vzquez Colmenares left AFAC and was appointed retired general and former commander of the Mexican Air Force (FAM), Carlos Antonio Rodríguez Mungua, in his place.

According to AFTA, the working agreement is intended to create favorable conditions for a simplified procedure for the approval (validation) of the typical design of Russian civil aviation equipment exported to Mexico, including the multi-purpose helicopters ANSAT and Mi-171A2. The working agreement was signed as part of the systematic work of the Federal Aviation Office to establish international cooperation at the level of the aviation departments in the field of certification and airworthiness to support export deliveries. Priority of Russian aviation industry’s products to promising regions of the world, AFTA said when it finally revealed that the deal had been reached.

Both parties, as well as the representatives of the Craft Avia Center, viewed the agreement as a historical fact that will expedite the business relationship between Mexico and Russia in aviation matters and enable the Mexican company, which already has facilities, hangars and repair shops. Maintenance and training modules will add new momentum to their growth plans, including the placement of a first batch of 15 Ansat helicopters in the Mexican market.

Kazan Helicopters’ Ansat is a lightweight, multi-purpose helicopter that uses a conventional single prop system with a tail rotor. The helicopter was designed according to the (AP-29) FAR-29 standards and is powered by two PW 207K turboshaft motors with an output of 630 hp from Pratt & Whitney Canada, which are equipped with the digital motor control system (FADEC), the ensures a continuous flight in the event of an engine failure. (Jorge Alejandro Medelln)

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