The IAC investigates all aircraft accidents of contracting states of the Agreement both within and outside their territories and within the framework of agreements with other states. The main principle of the IAC investigation system – independence. This is consistent with the ICAO, IATA recommendations and European Community Directive concerning independent accident investigation. The IAC accident investigation activity fully complies with recommended international practice (Annex 13 to Chicago Convention on international civil aviation).
The IAC main goals are coordination of making and implementation of policy in the field of civil aviation functioning with a high degree of safety and meeting economic interests of contracting states of the Agreement, creation of economic and organizational conditions ensuring availability of aviation operations based on fair competition. The IAC coordinates the contracting states of the Agreement collaboration in the field of aviation specialists training, tariff policy, border-crossing and customs procedures facilitation, cooperation in emergency situations and adoption of general measures to counteract aviation terrorism, aviation medicine and others.
Coordination of national programs harmonization for the development of ATM systems of the contracting states of the Agreement is based on implementation of provisions of Concept on harmonization of ATM national systems adopted by heads of contracting states of the Agreement. Provided that closer attention is paid to solving problems of aircraft safety control, aviation security, implementation of the ICAO Global ATM operational concept provisions and Conception of transition to prospective means and systems of communication, navigation, surveillance (CNS/ATM) in order to integrate in European and global air navigation system based on international standards. The IAC collaborates with the ICAO European Office and Eurocontrol on different aspects of SMS in air traffic management.
The IAC takes part in implementation of the ICAO-IAC projects aimed at the development of flight safety in contracting states of the Agreement based on global harmonization of national legislation, norms and regulations with international norms and standards and training of aviation specialists of contracting states of the Agreement in the ICAO programs.