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Bermuda, Russia in ‘tug of war’ over aircraft supervision

Bermuda still has hundreds of Russian aircraft on its registry, long after Russian authorities claimed they had re-registered them to the Russian registry.

Aircraft cannot legally be registered in more than one jurisdiction.

But faced with global restrictions on where they can fly because of the lack of airworthiness certificates, the Russians want Bermuda to withdraw registrations and defer to Moscow, so they can be the regulator for airworthiness.

Bermuda withdrew airworthiness certificates from aircraft seized by Russia and banned their landing on the island.

The Russian Federation’s Transport Ministry issued a statement which referred to how as a result of: “the unilateral cancellation by the Bermuda aviation authorities of the airworthiness certificates of Russian aircraft, the Russian Federation suspended the intergovernmental agreement with Bermuda” removing the island as the airworthiness authority.

A statement Tuesday from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority said: “Whilst we have not received a request from the Russian authorities to deregister aircraft, we have received a number of letters from Russian air operators requesting that we deregister aircraft formerly operated by them.

“Our response is consistent in that we will deregister aircraft on request from the owner, in accordance with the relevant Bermuda legislation and procedures.”

The BCAA media statement also included its general notice attached to the BCAA website.

The notice included the state of affairs back to March.

The Russian statement says: “Russian aviation companies sent Bermuda’s aviation authority a notice regarding the necessity of deregistering the aircraft.

“In order to avoid breaking Article 18 of Chicago convention by the Bermuda’s aviation authority, said authority has to remove the aircraft, that were registered and are being used in the Russian Federation, from its aviation registry.”

The statement also says that Russia does not agree with the June 15 International Civil Aviation Organization decision that aircraft being registered in more than one jurisdiction posed safety concerns.

The Russians responded: “Transferring the aircraft to the Russian registry gave Russian aviation authority the possibility to oversee the airworthiness of the aircraft and issue flight certificates in accordance to established norms and requirements.”

Russia wants Bermuda to end its supervision of some aircraft, so Moscow can assume authority to grant their airworthiness.

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Published June 29, 2022 at 7:29 am (Updated June 29, 2022 at 7:29 am)

Bermuda, Russia in ‘tug of war’ over aircraft supervision

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