On October 27, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US Department of Transportation planned to update the Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFAR) 113 regarding the prohibition against certain flights by US operators in the airspace under the responsibility of Ukraine. The document states that Ukraine has implemented effective measures to ensure the safety of civil aviation flights in the Simferopol area of flight information, in particular in international airspace, where the responsibility for air traffic services is delegated to Ukraine.
"We are proud of this result of constructive cooperation of specialists of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine and UkSATSE with international aviation organizations and aviation authorities of various countries, and in particular with the Federal Aviation Administration of the US Department of Transportation," said Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Kryklii.
Based on the analysis of risk management monitoring reports over the past three and a half years, it is noted that due to Ukraine’s targeted efforts, the number of cases that had a potential impact on flight safety related to Russian aggression in Ukraine has dropped to almost zero. At that, the airspace over the temporarily occupied territory of the ARC was and remains inaccessible for flight planning and execution in accordance with the decision of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine. Andriy Yarmak, Head of UkSATSE, said: "The conclusions of the FAA, as one of the world's most authoritative aviation safety regulators, on the proper level of safety in international airspace over the high seas, are another very important recognition for the aviation community around the world. They are based on a professional assessment of a set of measures that have been implemented to minimize threats and increase the level of flight safety in the western part of the Simferopol area of flight information.
The head of UkSATSE notes that this decision is a confirmation of the accuracy of the results of the post-implementation monitoring of Ukraine, as well as the conclusions by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency published in late August this year.
The FAA also extends for one year the current ban on American civilian operators from flying in the eastern part of the Dnieper area of flight information due to the possible risks to civil aviation associated with the conflict in eastern Ukraine.