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An-12 cleared for take-off

by Edward Attwood on May 25, 2009


The An-12 will shortly take to the UAE skies once more after the GCAA cleared several local operators. Courtesy of AFP/Getty.
The An-12 will shortly take to the UAE skies once more after the GCAA cleared several local operators. Courtesy of AFP/Getty.

The Antonov-12 turboprop cargo aircraft, which was banned from the UAE’s airspace five months ago by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) due to safety concerns, has been cleared to fly, according to a report in a local newspaper.

The ban was technically lifted in April, but bureaucratic restrictions, including the need to translate Russian documentation into English, prohibited locally based companies from getting the type into the air.

“They fully complied with our regulations, and they are free to fly,” said Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, according to the National newspaper. Al Suwaidi added that the conditions, which included a demand for documents written in English and extra pilot training, will remain in place.

The An-12 is considered the type of choice to visit particularly hard-to-reach destinations, and remains heavily in use despite production on the aircraft stopping in 1973. Its nearest equivalent, the C-130, remains in production, but is more expensive to run.

Some operators had expressed concern that the blanket ban on this type might lead to other Soviet-era aircraft being barred from the UAE.

“With regard to the An-124, we are more confident that this won’t happen,” said Dennis Gliznoutsa, group commercial director of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, who was speaking to arabiansupplychain.com.

“But the Il-76 is a bit of a worry area, simply because there are so many operators of this type out there,” Gliznoutsa added.


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AN12 is a very robust aircraft continues to fly in Europe with his 50 years of life. even in U.S.A it is still flying, I

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meschaf (Jul 23, 2016)
alger
Algeria

flying AN12
AN12 is a very robust aircraft continues to fly in Europe with his 50 years of life. even in U.S.A it is still flying, I do not understand why the Emirates want to ban AN12 to fly!

Dave Richards (May 26, 2009)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

An-12
Surely the sensible option is to nail the operators and not the plane itself. Although old, the An-12 serves a purpose. Lots of these companies also use other types of Soviet aircraft as well. What are you going to do - ban all the types? If you regulate the companies, you regulate the aircraft. Simple as that.

Paul Smith (May 26, 2009)
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

An-12 cleared for take-off
The GCAA should be appalled for keeping these cowboys from our skies - the interview in the National said it all, these paper airlines that are based in SHJ, that don't have an operators certificate, yet lease aircraft from these dubious former Russian states, where registrations are under a flag of convenience and the airworthiness and insurance certificates are produced on their laptops with Photoshop. God forbid that one of the poor maintained Russian aircraft crashes on take-off from Dubai or Sharjah, the loss of life would be tremendous and then the discovery that there is no insurance in place - the authorities are doing the right thing by trying to control these rogue operators


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