Foreign pilots will be allowed to join Russian flight crews
Foreign specialists may join Russian flight crews of civil aircraft due to a shortage of flight personnel. According to the draft law, a foreign pilot can fill the function of a commercial aircraft commander, however it is only temporary allowed just for 5 years from the moment the amendment comes into legal force.
Moreover, it is allowed to include foreign employees in flight crews to train them in order to obtain admission to the profession as a flight crew member (provided that the other members of the crew are citizens of the Russian Federation).
The Government of the Russian Federation shall determine the maximum number of foreign pilots, recruits, and the rules for the distribution between Russian airlines and conditions of their employment contracts with foreign pilots.
We note that earlier a foreign specialist could join a flight crew as a trainee, but he could not perform the duties of an aircraft commander.
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