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The Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) is putting a hold on certifications of airworthiness for all Russian-operated aircraft registered in the country, due to safety concerns amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict.

Beginning 12 March 2022, the regulator has suspended these certificates for aircraft operating under Article 83bis, which is an agreement between Bermuda and the Russian Federation.

Aircraft are not allowed to take off in the absence of an airworthiness certificate. The civil aviation authority in the country, where the aircraft is registered, issues this permit.

In a statement, the BCAA said: “International sanctions on the aviation sector have had a significant impact on the ability to sustain safety oversight on Russian operated aircraft on the Bermuda Aircraft Registry.

“The airworthiness system has been restricted to the point that the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) is unable to confidently approve these aircraft as being airworthy.”

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The move is expected to impact more than 700 aeroplanes.

Russia has now called for enabling foreign aircraft leased by Russian carriers to be registered as the property of the airlines and provide them Russian airworthiness certificates, stated Reuters.

Last week, Interfax reported that Russia’s Rosaviatsiya is exploring various alternatives to ensure aircraft parts supply after China refused to deliver aircraft parts amid sanctions. At the beginning of this month, Boeing, Airbus and Embraer halted aircraft spare parts supply to Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.