Support to the Development of Civil Aviation Administration in the Baltic States
The development of national aviation structures has been similar, although not identical, in each of the three Baltic states. After independence, each country inherited its part of the Soviet Aeroflot system, including airline, airports and air traffic services. The overwhelming majority of the key personnel were Russian nationals, and still remain so. There were no civil aviation authorities nor safety inspectorates in the Aeroflot package, as these functions had previously been handled centrally in Soviet. Financed by BITS, the Swedish aviation consultant company Swedavia worked together with the newly organised authorities from the very start. The initial help covered language training, basic civil aviation seminars, drafting of civil aviation acts etc.