Ten airports in Russian Federation Arctic zone modernized by 2027
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Ten airports in Russian Federation Arctic zone modernized by 2027

December 29, 2021

A seminar on small aviation in the Arctic was held in Moscow as part of Russia's Arctic Council chairmanship.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The event operator was the Roscongress Foundation. The organizers are the Ministry of Transport together with the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia). The seminar was attended by the transport authorities and the Arctic Council member countries organizations, the Arctic Council Working Group on Sustainable Development (SDWG) and the Working Group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) and the Arctic indigenous peoples representatives.

Arthur Chilingarov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, noted in his greeting that small aviation in the Arctic ensures not only the delivery of people and goods to remote territories, but also the scientific research and international projects’ implementation, as well as search and rescue operations.

The participants discussed the Arctic region’s route network improvement, the air transportation’s development, the unmanned aerial vehicles implementation, the search and rescue work’s coordination between the Arctic countries. The experts noted the need to strengthen interaction between the Arctic states on the region’s infrastructure’s development, including the route network’s development to ensure the transport accessibility of Arctic residents.

The Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, together with the Ministry of Transport of Russia and the Federal Air Transport Agency, are working to increase the air Arctic territories accessibility and modernize the airport infrastructure. Today, at least 39 airports operate in the Russian Arctic zone, ten of which are being modernized by 2027.

The participants also discussed the air navigation services’ development prospects in the Arctic zone. Amendments to the Federal Aviation Regulations are now being prepared, which will allow to use remote video surveillance for air traffic control. The technology will be especially relevant for remote airports in the Far North.

The experts reviewed the runways’ construction’s technologies in the Russian and Canadian Arctic regions, the operating aviation equipment’s experience, the pilot training’s features, the helicopter technology’s prospects and the Russian Post plans for the unmanned goods’ delivery. The tourist routes’ development to increase tourist flow between the Arctic states was discussed separately.

The seminar’s results will be included in the agenda of the next Arctic Council working group on sustainable development’s meetings.

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Text: Viktor Tsaryov, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

December 29, 2021

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