Vladimir Lavreniuk, information and public relations representative of the State Military Industrial Committee says that experts of the Committee are planning to draft over 20 aviation regulations and other documents to bring experimental aviation under regulations until 2016.
"Introduction of experimental aviation is stipulated by increasing demand in utilization of aviation capabilities to meet macroeconomic objectives, provision of defense and security potential of the country. Apart from that, we observe the increasing level of research and development in the field of aviation, active and energetic performance of the homeland enterprises in design, development and production of aviation products. Increase of the number of aviation projects implementation, including groundbreaking projects, like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has been registered. Experimental aviation is being introduced with the objective to test the produced UAVs, new equipment and its admission to batch manufacturing", - states Vladimir Lavreniuk.
Along with active development of aviation utilized in scientific research and development, engineering works, and test of other types of aviation equipment, there emerged a necessity to develop a legal framework that regulates procedures, rules and usage responsibility of experimental aerial vehicles’ proprietors. The Government of the Republic of Belarus has vested the State Military Industrial Committee with authority to regulate activities in the field of experimental aviation.
Representatives of the Committee add: "The experts of armaments prospective development and regulations in the field of experimental aviation department of the State Military Industrial Committee are currently drafting aviation regulations that will govern the procedures of experimental aviation utilization, including UAV, along with the procedures of joint airdromes utilization and joint cooperation during flights of experimental aerial vehicles".
Several draft decrees of the State Military Industrial Committee on approval of the new aviation regulations have been either approved or currently under approval, including “On approval of the List of experimental aviation personnel positions in the Republic of Belarus”, "On approval of aviation regulations related to state registration of experimental aerial vehicles in the Republic of Belarus", "On approval of Aviation regulations related to certification of experimental aerial vehicles, aircraft engines, aircraft propellers, aircraft simulators for experimental aviation in the Republic of Belarus", "On approval of Aviation rules related to investigation of the airborne accidents, that involved experimental aerial vehicles in the Republic of Belarus, their classification and registration" etc.
It is also pointed out by the representatives of the State Military Industrial Committee that the process of certification of experimental aviation objects will be delegated to a structural subunit under the supervision of “558 Aircraft Repair Plant”. Similar subunit is to be established at OJSC “AGAT – Control Systems” – managing company of Geoinformation Control Systems Holding.
It is also claimed that “As a result of the abovementioned activities, the practical tool will be created for closed cycle certification of the aviation objects in the field of aerial vehicles and their onboard systems, ground systems and flights maintenance, and in the field of ground maintenance and control stations, onboard and ground components of the automation systems maintenance and service. In order to put into action the requirements of the Air code related to experimental aviation, before the end of 2015, it is planned to finish the process of accreditation of the abovementioned structural subunits and their receipt of the accreditation certificate to conduct certification of the aviation objects, including UAVs”.
It is also contended that design entities of various ownership forms and proprietors of the experimental aerial vehicles that wish to create and use UAVs or any other type of aerial vehicle in their activities, are obliged to cooperate with structural subunits of the State Military Industrial Committee.
That form of cooperation will ensure goal-directed activities in the field of experimental aviation, allow early detection of projects that lack prospects and will eliminate duplication of the projects. It will also lead to quality formation of the state and inter-state programs on implementation of the most prominent projects in the field of experimental aviation. More than that, it will provide security and control of the whole process of design, development and production of the new aerial vehicle.