The standards and contracting requirements for aircraft that assist wildland firefighters can vary widely among countries. This can create roadblocks for sharing these important tools if a company wishes to operate their aircraft in more than one country.
Flight Global reports that a group of fire aviation industry representatives, the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations, is urging a United Nations agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to establish international standards for certification and operation of firefighting aircraft.
“Lack of a common approach to certification, validation and operation of these aircraft has led to jurisdictionally-unique and often cumbersome regulatory approval processes, often resulting in impractical limitations for the missions intended,” the council claims in a paper submitted to the upcoming ICAO Assembly in September.
The relatively small size of the market for firefighting aircraft can make it impractical to configure them to meet the standards in multiple countries.