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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Wants Registration Of Aircraft for Use in U.S.

WASHINGTON -- It's certifiably Russian.

That's what the Federal Aviation Administration is trying to change as it teaches the Russian aerospace industry how to bring its new aircraft up to U.S. standards so the planes can be certified for this country.

If the Russians get their wings, aircraft such as the Ilyushin 103 and the Ilyushin 96-300 will be exportable to the United States and other countries.

For anyone who has flown Aeroflot, this may be hard to imagine. The aircraft used by the Russian airline are not exactly noted for sleekness. "They are uncomfortable as hell, but they fly," said Hunter de Butts, president of Trade Russia Inc., a consulting firm in Reston, Virginia with an office in Russia.

Anthony Broderick, the FAA's expert on regulation and certification, has just returned from Russia, where he has been working on the issue.

But so far, explaining how the Russians can meet U.S. standards has not been easy. "A big part of the problem is trying to understand what they are trying to say," said Broderick, who speaks little Russian.

Another is that the standards the Russians have been using were developed in a closed society with the government controlling everything from design to manufacture. The Russian idea of wing stress may very well have been different than that of the rest of the world.

Broderick does not see the Russians being up to snuff on certifying their new aircraft to U.S. standards until 1996 or so.

As far as getting the knack of selling airplanes, he suggested that they have a long way to go. Boeing Co., McDonnell Douglas Corp. and Airbus Industrie they are not.