Aviation Lawinspection

Gave RAMPA, now what?

Initially, I must explain that the term ‘ramp’ is used in aviation to designate the inspection procedures performed by the ANAC – represented by the INSPAC, usually while the aircraft is parked in the airport yard or hangar. Technically, it is the Ramp Operational Safety Inspection Program – PISOR.

That said, it should be said that the purpose of this text is to convey some non-absolute guidelines to Brazilian aeronauts who routinely encounter ramps and know the various types of annoyances they sometimes cause.

In this sense, the first point to be remembered is that INSPAC is a public agent in the exercise of its state functions. This confers to the latter the presumption of legality and legitimacy of the administrative acts practiced. In addition to the power to prevent or restrict the use or enjoyment of goods or rights, such as in establishment bans, for example.

In this context, the presumption of legitimacy and veracity are not absolute, that is, they can be deconstituted by evidence to the contrary. They are also imposed on the individual even if the latter does not agree and may be enforced by the ANAC, in the case under discussion. I must remember that the testimony of witnesses is a means of proof for the right, so it helps a lot if the inspection is accompanied by some colleagues by profession.

In fact, they are micro points of power. This power can lead, or stimulate, a series of abuses and behaviors that are known, mainly, by the aeronauts. As an example, there are reports from INSPAC that treats the inspector in a disrespectful way, even to the point of embarrassing the aviator. In this context, there may even be abuse of authority.

On the other hand, some inspectors also, to a lesser degree, disrespect INSPAC. This fact can be considered, in extreme cases, contempt of public servants. Thus, in both cases, respect, politeness in treatment, and good use of words should never be overlooked. In fact, it deserves a lot of attention.

At another point, INSPAC cannot, as a rule, delay a scheduled flight and plan already sent. In addition, it should be noted that INSPAC, unless a crime is committed within its aircraft or with a court order, cannot, without its permission, enter the aircraft. This, as obvious, is a private good of his and, therefore, only has access that is authorized. To escape from this would be to violate the right to property.

In fact, the aeronaut, especially the pilot – I am sure everyone knows – must bear in mind that only mandatory documents can be required by INSPAC. These documents are required in several different standards. A list of items that are inspected by INSPAC (link) and other tips to assist before and during surveillance (link) is available on the internet.

In addition, I have tried to convey this basic information that, I hope, will be useful the next time you witness a ramp, or are monitored in this.