European safety regulators have held discussions with Russian counterparts over several aspects of system certification for the Irkut MC-21.

The European Aviation Safety Agency talks took place in Cologne in the last week of June, says Russian federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia – which has taken over certification duties from the Interstate Aviation Committee.

Rosaviatsia says the discussions covered approaches to certification for areas including project management, air conditioning and pressure-control systems, cockpit security, minimum equipment lists, and other software and hardware.

It states that work is being undertaken with 18 working group panels following an agreement earlier this year on procedures to support EASA validation of the twinjet.

Rosaviatsia says a “significant amount” of research, bench- and flight-testing has been conducted since the original application for MC-21 certification was submitted in 2010. Efforts to pursue EASA approval were stepped up in 2016.

Irkut aims to secure certification initially for the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G-powered version of the aircraft, followed by the version equipped with Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines. Rosaviatsia says it held several meetings with the MC-21 and PD-14 developers during April-June this year.

Source: Cirium Dashboard