While the demand for air travel services in Russia & the CIS region rises, more and more regional aviation industry companies try to pass the EASA Part-145 or Part-147 certification process. The increasing demand for Part 145 approvals reflects the ongoing successful fleet development in the CIS region. The region is forecasted to be delivered a total of 1,140 new airplanes valued at $130 billion over the next 20 years. It seems that the prognoses are reasonable: in the last 10 years local operators have phased out over 680 Russian-built aircraft, replacing them with Western-built models. However, there is one ‘but’ - there are still a large number of investment shortfalls in the key areas such as commercial aviation industry and skilled technicians.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, most of the CIS countries started to pay attention to the issues of safety with regard to commercial fleets. This has created not only new opportunities for third party foreign MRO providers, but also the Age of transferring western ‘know-how’ for the local players, including but not limited to manufacturers, repair shops, MROs, training academies and etc.
As concerns the ongoing fleet modernization and development in the CIS region, the scope of the MRO services for Western types of aircraft will certainly grow in the upcoming years. Alongside with the interception of western ‘know-how’, consultations with regard to the potential for the development of EASA Part-147 and Part-145 training organizations as well as the prospects of integrating qualified programs from the non-CIS providers is looking better than ever.
‘Many skilled technicians became unemployed after airlines refused to use the aging Soviet/Russian types of aircraft. Lots of them think they don’t have any chance of acquiring the qualifications necessary to provide aircraft maintenance services Western-built aircraft due to language barrier. But this could be fixed easily, ’commented the Deputy Head of FL Technics Training Dainius Sakalauskas.
The immediate target for the MRO companies based in the CIS region is to meet the growing demand for maintenance of imported aircraft. On the other hand, more and more of non-technical staff from the region are involved in managing and/or supervising aviation services and intercepting the Western know-how in management process. By acquiring basic technical knowledge managers gain the competence required to ensure higher quality and reliability of outsourced services.
‘Our experts not only possess the necessary know-how, but also bring the hands-on experience that is essential in order to resolve many of the pressing issues in this region. Having highly skilled people with dual certification will enhance the capabilities of the Russia & the CIS region-based MROs and increase the opportunities to attract new aviation related investment to the region. ’ - said D.Sakalauskas.