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The European Aviation Safety Agency published Opinion No 11/2013 on the licensing and medical certification of air traffic controllers on 3 December 2013. This Opinion provides the final outcome of the rulemaking task ATM.003, which started in November 2009 and resulted, as intermediate steps, in Commission Regulation (EU) No 805/2011 laying down detailed rules for air traffic controllers’ licences and certain certificates pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008, as well as in the Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2012-18, published on 22 November 2012.
This rulemaking task aims to ensure and maintain the high and uniform level of safety while filling the existing gaps between the safety objectives and essential requirements of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 and the currently existing Implementing Rule, to facilitate the mobility of air traffic controllers and the integration within the Functional Airspace Blocks by the establishment of common training standards, including supporting Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM), by the recognition of licences at EU level, and by the establishment of a clear framework for ATCO training organisations and the recognition of their certificates. It also establishes the necessary synergies for aero-medical examiners and centres involved in the medical certification of pilots and air traffic controllers, provides for cost-effectiveness and contributes to the reduction of regulatory tasks at national level and ensures smooth transition towards the truly harmonised qualification and training requirements and to the supporting uniform licensing scheme by a flexible opt-out time frame.
NPA 2012-18, which has been the basis for this Opinion, has been subject to extensive public consultation, including a public workshop organised on 16 January 2013 in Cologne. As a result of the public consultation the Agency received 2 926 comments. The Agency reviewed the comments and provided individual responses thereto with the contribution of experts who participated in the drafting and of individuals and organisations who were not members of the initial rulemaking group.
The related Comment-Response Document (CRD) 2012-18 has been published on 1 October 2013. The Agency considers that the comments received contributed significantly to the production of balanced and efficient rules. To complete the consultation process, stakeholders had 6 weeks to react to the responses provided by the Agency, as result of which the Agency received 199 reactions in total. Reactions in general showed that stakeholders are to a large extent satisfied with the review undertaken by the Agency based on the comments received and support the modifications introduced compared to the first draft issued via the NPA. Some reactions brought further inconsistencies to the attention of the Agency, which were taken into consideration for the establishment of this Opinion. Where reactions highlighted misunderstandings or pointed out that the proposed text was not well understood, the Agency undertook further clarification either at Implementing Rule level or via additional AMC and GM material. Many reactions also acknowledged the efforts made by the Agency when establishing the compromise solutions and the responses to the comments.
This Opinion contains the proposed draft Regulation and is addressed to the European Commission, which uses it as a technical basis to prepare a legislative proposal. For the information of stakeholders, the Agency published the draft resulting text for the related Agency Decision containing AMC and GM. Such resulting text is, however, without prejudice to the final text to be aligned with the Implementing Rule and published as the final step of the subject rulemaking activity. The final Decision adopting the AMC and GM will be published by the Agency once the European Commission adopts this draft regulation.
Out of a series of six ACI/EASA events, the workshop in question formed the third event and took place on 24 and 25 October at Warsaw airport. Some 50 persons attended, all from Polish airport industry and the Polish CAA. EASA was represented by the Head of Section and one rulemaking officer. A well informed audience showed great interest in the rule development and was able to ask questions about specific upcoming requirements. Discussions were very lively and animated. EASA has been invited by the audience to consider installing an IT based exchange platform to help the NAAs to coordinate solutions around implementation issues and to assist Member States in benefitting from experiences made by others. EASA will look into this matter.
The ACI/ EASA work shop series continues in Tallinn on 18-19 November and Turin on 21-22 November, before culminating in Porto on 28-29 November.
On 1 October 2013 the Agency published the Comment Response Document (CRD) to NPA 2012-18 on the licensing and medical certification of air traffic controllers. The CRD comprises the comments received on the subject NPA and the individual responses provided thereto by the Agency accompanied with an Explanatory Note summarising the major changes proposed in comparison to the NPA. The CRD can be consulted under http://easa.europa.eu/rulemaking/comment-response-documents-CRDs-and-review-groups.php .
NPA 2012-18 has been published on 22 November 2012. On 16 January 2013 the Agency organised a workshop which gave stakeholders the opportunity to discuss with the Agency’s and the relevant rulemaking group’s experts the proposed rules and their reasoning. Given the importance of the subject and the significance of the novelties introduced, a longer consultation period has been agreed with the aim to provide stakeholders the necessary timeframe for ensuring constructive, coherent and consistent commenting. The public consultation ended on 29 April 2013.
As a result of the public consultation the Agency received 2926 comments. The Agency expresses its appreciation to stakeholders who have provided not only their individual comments on the draft proposals, but expressed their coordinated views through the relevant European stakeholder groups. The comments received contribute significantly to the production of balanced and efficient rules.
The Agency reviewed the comments and provided responses to the comments with the contribution of experts who participated in the drafting of the subject proposals and of individuals and organisations who were not members of the initial rulemaking group. For this purpose the Agency organised focussed consultation comprising a series of thematic meetings aiming to commonly identifying and analysing the issues behind the comments and establishing guidance for the review of the proposals towards drafting the related Opinion.
The Agency trusts that the responses in this CRD would satisfy the commentators insofar as they provide further clarification on the issues raised. In case where the original proposal has been substantially reconsidered, the resulting text is also provided in the CRD in order to facilitate the understanding and the evaluation of the changes proposed in the responses to the comments. Such resulting text is, however, without prejudice to the final text to be proposed in the Agency’s Opinion to be issued as the final step of the subject rulemaking activity.
EASA / ACI workshop on new ADR Rules in Vienna
A part of the EASA team for the rulemaking on aerodrome safety met with representatives of the German, Austrian and Swiss airports and their authorities on 19 and 20 2013 September in Vienna, Austria. Upon invitation from ACI Europe and Vienna Airport, the subject matter was the upcoming certification specifications and implementing rules on aerodrome design and operations. The workshop allowed the audience to understand the process for the conversion of airport safety certificates and the establishment of the key concept in the future oversight framework for the oversight of aerodromes, namely the certification basis. The hands-on approach to the subject matter using examples and the open format of the event was very much appreciated by the airports present: Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Innsbruck, Linz, Munich, Vienna and Zurich.
|17/08/2013||EASA ATM/ANS department meets Icelandic Transport Agency
On 10 September the Head of Department for Airports and ATM/ ANS of the EASA rulemaking directorate Mr. Jussi Myllarniemi, accompanied by the rulemaking officer for airports, Ms. Sarah Poralla, visited the Icelandic Transport Agency (IceTra). In the morning detailed talks were held on both subjects which covered the recent rulemaking outputs from EASA and their effects on the Icelandic aviation sector, with consideration of Iceland’s special status as EEA country and EASA associate member. Also Iceland’s stewardship of a large part of the oceanic region as an ANS provider in the north Atlantic was discussed. Later in the day a wider audience of representatives of ISAVIA , the operator of the Icelandic airports and the provider of air navigation services, and members of the Transport Agency had the opportunity to listen to the EASA representatives and asked questions. The event was very much appreciated by the hosts and Iceland’s participation in select, relevant rulemaking groups in the future is one of many options that will allow that the exchange to continue.
|04-05/07/2013||EASA – ACI workshop on new ADR rules|
EASA Workshop on the NPA on the ‘Requirements for ATM/ANS providers and the safety oversight thereof’; Cologne 2 July 2013
On 10 May 2013 the Agency published the NPA on ‘Requirements for ATM/ANS providers and the safety oversight thereof’.
In order to present the proposal to the stakeholders and to facilitate the understanding and the consultation process in general, EASA organised a dedicated workshop which was held on 2 July 2013 in the MARITIM Hotel Cologne. Over 120 participants heard the presentations, given not only by EASA staff members, but also by several ANSP or CAA representatives who were members in the rulemaking groups which helped EASA to develop this important proposal. Presentations focused on the main changes regarding requirements for authorities and the requirements for ATM/ANS providers, including some specific aspects related to the provision of air traffic services, meteorological services (MET) as well as other ATM/ANS providers. Moreover presentations were held on the specific requirements for ATM/ANS providers regarding personnel training and competence assessment requirements.
The participants were given time for questions and remarks, which opportunity was well utilised with both well-founded comments and inquiries, which will help EASA to develop its proposals further and make them better understandable.
EASA’s Airport rulemaking section participated in an ICAO Aerodrome Certification Task Force meeting on Sunday 12 to Monday 13 May for the Middle East region. EASA was able to explain its upcoming rules for aerodrome safety to 30 participants from Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the UAE, as well as the US (FAA). EASA invited the countries to harmonise with its rules and the International Cooperation Department will be developing a dedicated activity on airports to this end in 2014 and will also follow up with technical assistance to those countries part of its EU-funded projects, assisting with airport safety in countries such as Lebanon and Jordan.
On 10 May 2013 the Agency published the NPA on ‘Requirements for ATM/ANS providers and the safety oversight thereof’ as a result of comprehensive work involving ATM experts and stakeholders’ representatives in the framework of dedicated rulemaking groups. This NPA follows the adoption and implementation of Commission Implementing Regulations (EU) No 1034/2011 on safety oversight in air traffic management and air navigation services and 1035/2011 laying down common requirements for the provision of air navigation services. It covers the requirements for ATM/ANS providers and safety oversight, accompanied by Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC/GM) where necessary, in order to cover aspects on safety, proportionality and regulatory coordination. The NPA covers also the providers eligible to (self-) declaration. The NPA may be found here.
Comments on the NPA may be addressed via the CRT tool. In order to facilitate a good understanding on the NPA and to support the stakeholders on the consultation process the Agency organises a dedicated workshop explaining the content of the NPA on 2 July 2013 in Cologne. More details could be found here.
|19/04/2013||The European Aviation Safety Agency helps Israel's Civil Aviation Authority in its airport safety certification
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Conference on Future Aerodrome Rules in Europe 17-19 April 2013, Bucharest, Romania
The Romanian Civil Aeronautical Authority (RCAA) in cooperation with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is organizing the Conference on future aerodrome rules in Europe, between 17 and 19 April 2013, in Bucharest, Romania.
The main theme of this event is the aerodromes package with requirements for the national aviation authorities, aerodrome operator organizations and aerodrome operations.
The recently published EASA Opinion 01-2013 presents a mature platform for adopting the future Aerodromes (ADR) Regulation by the European Commission. The Conference will be the first important, formal event, after the publication of the Opinion and, therefore, a potential forum for the participants - representatives of the national aviation authorities and of the aerodrome operators - to be informed by EASA on the draft future rules and to have an exchange of views on the next steps to be taken by all the actors involved in order to ensure compliance with the future rules.
Please find here the provisional agenda of the conference. The Conference will be conducted in English language. More details of the conference you can find on the Romanian CAA internet site: http://www.caa.ro/
|12 February 2013||
EASA Draft Opinion for future EU aerodrome rules is published
The EASA Opinion for a Commission Regulation laying down requirements and administrative procedures related to aerodromes has been published on Tuesday, 5 February 2013 on EASA internet site: http://www.easa.europa.eu/agency-measures/opinions.php
Amended Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 extended the responsibilities of the European Aviation Safety Agency to the areas of ATM/ANS and aerodromes. This new responsibility mandated the Agency to prepare draft safety rules for aerodromes as well as common rules for certification and oversight by the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs)
This Draft Opinion consists of the following documents:
The purpose of this Opinion is to assist the European Commission in laying down Implementing Rules (IRs) for Aerodromes in handing over the final deliberations of the Agency on the matter at stake. Those IRs are supposed to be adopted by the European Commission and to enter into force by the end of the year 2013. The Draft Opinion includes changes to the draft ADR Regulation based on the reactions which were given to the CRD, during the publication period ended on 3 February 2013. Within this reaction period, the Agency has maintained a constant high level of coordination with Member States and stakeholders to ensure all reactions are adequately dealt with. EASA believes that this Draft Opinion is based on strong consensus and presents a mature platform for adopting the future EU ADR Regulation.
Non-binding material (Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC), Guidance Material (GM) and Certification Specifications (CS)) underpinning these future IRs has been developed in parallel and is envisaged to be adopted by the Agency and enter into force at the same time as the IRs. Different from the process for the IRs above, this underpinning material remains with the Agency before adoption and therefore is given more time to be adjusted and finalised during the year 2013.
|21 January 2013||
On 16 January EASA organised the “EASA Workshop on NPA on the licensing and medical certification of air traffic controllers”. At the superb location of the Hyatt Regency Cologne 120 registered stakeholders were informed on the Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA 2012-18) regarding the licensing and medical certification of air traffic controllers which has been published on the EASA website for public consultation on 22 November 2012.
|26 November 2012||
Comment Response Documents (CRDs) to NPA 2011-20
On November 26, 2012, EASA published the Comment Response Documents (CRD) to NPA 2011-20 - Authority, Organisation and Operations Requirements for Aerodromes.
CRDs (Comments and Responses + Resulting Draft Text, in CLEAN)
CRDs (Comments and Responses ONLY)
Resulting Draft Text ONLY, in CLEAN
Resulting Draft Text ONLY, with VISIBLE CHANGES compared to NPA text
To view a particular document, please go to the Agency’s web page containing CRDs and click on the corresponding name. All documents are ‘pdf’ files. The CLEAN ‘Resulting draft texts’ reflect the assessment of all comments received during the consultation period, the thematic review meetings and consultations with the experts from the competent authorities and industry. For reader’s convenience and to see the changes made on the original NPA text, the ‘Resulting draft texts’ are also available in ‘visible changes’ version.
|15/16 October 2012||
International Conference on Future Aerodrome Rules in European Union, 15 – 16 October 2012, Poreč, Croatia
International Conference on Future Aerodrome Rules in European Union, organized by Croatian Civil Aviation Agency (CCAA), together with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been held on 15 and 16 October 2012, in Valamar Riviera Hotel in Poreč, Croatia.
The main topics of the conference were proposals for new European rules related to aerodromes, as well as new requirements for national aviation authorities and aerodrome operator organizations concerning oversight, management and safe conduct of aerodrome operations. The conference brought together around 100 participants – representatives of National aviation authorities and aerodrome operator organizations of Croatia and neighbouring countries, Airports Council International (ACI), academic communities and EASA.
The purpose of the conference was to present proposed new aerodrome rules and the methods of their implementation, as well as to provide a platform where national aviation authorities, aerodrome operators, academic communities, ACI and EASA could discuss and clarify all potential issues.
Up to the present there were no harmonized and agreed rules on aerodromes at EU level; every member country independently managed its national regulation. This practice led to distinctive differences not only in their national rules, but also in their applied practice. Objective of the future European rules, currently under development, is to standardize national rules (including applied practice) of the EU member states related to aerodromes. Proposed set of new aerodrome rules has been entirely harmonized with the provisions of Annex 14 of the Chicago Convention of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Croatian Ordinance on Aerodromes (Official Gazette no.64/12), which entered into force in May 2010, is also completely based on Annex 14 of the Chicago Convention, and therefore content – wise it is already in line with future EU rules. Due to this fact, Croatian aerodrome operators do not have to expect any drastic novelties in the field of aerodrome regulation once Croatia becomes EU member.
Overall conclusion from the conference is that it has significantly contributed to all attendees of the conference in the better understanding of the basic principles of the future aerodrome rules in European Union.
|21/22 May 2012||
Conference on the “Future aerodrome safety rules”
More information can be found here
|Spring 2012||Interview with Gernot Kessler, Head of Section for airports in the Department for ATM and Airports in the Rulemaking Directorate of EASA. It appeared in the ACI Airport Business Magazine in Spring 2012.|
|25 January 2012||
Aerodrome Safety Regulators meeting: EASA has hosted the 60th joint meeting of the Management and Working Group of Aerodrome Safety Regulators (GASR) on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January. The Group, which was founded in 1996 and involves representatives from 30 states, is mainly working on harmonisation of aerodrome requirements in Europe. The group will continue its work in support of EASA by sharing the knowledge and expertise on aerodrome safety.
|13 December 2011||The Agency published the NPA 2011-20 - Authority, Organisation and Operations Requirements for Aerodromes. To see the NPA please click this link. The public and stakeholders can now comment on the documents using the CRT tool until 31 March 2012.|
|07 November 2011||Two new Commission Regulations on ATM/ANS enter into force
The first Commission Regulations on Air Traffic Management and Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS) based on the EASA’s opinions enter into force today. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1034/2011 on safety oversight in ATM/ANS and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1035/2011 laying down common requirements for the provision of air navigation services were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 18 October 2011. Click here for more information.
|31 August 2011||ATCO Regulation enters into force
Today Wednesday 31 August marks the entry into force of new European rules for the licensing and medical certification of air traffic controllers. With this, EASA has contributed the first Implementing Rule of the extension of the Agency’s competence to Air Traffic Management (ATM). Click here to read the related press release and here to access the briefing.
|16 May 2011||EASA publishes study on the complex matter of ground de-icing at European airports and the current regulatory approach thereto. Please follow the link to the study.|
|27 January 2011||
On Wednesday 19th January the first Technical Steering Group (TSG) Meeting was held in Cologne.
The TSG is established to monitor and steer the cooperation between the two organisations various
tasks that EASA has to perform in different domains of its responsibilities in accordance with the Basic Regulation.
Amongst the EURCONTROL Delegation was the freshly appointed Director of the Single Sky Directorate, Mr. Luc Tytgat. He will assume his office per 15 March.
The delegations of EASA and EURCONTROL signed the annual Working Programme and Task Specifications for 2011.
|24 January 2011||Latest news on EASA in the ACI Airport Business magazine|
A study launched by EASA to obtain an overview of the state of the implementation of the provisions contained in ICAO Annex 14 on Aerodromes in the EASA Member States has been completed recently. A Horizontal Report (anonymised) is now published on the Agency’s internet page.
|9/10 September 2010||
Better cooperation and partnership: EASA-Eurocontrol Workshop took place in Brussels. Please find the workshop report here.
|17 August 2010|| EASA launches the aerodrome rulemaking activities
The Basic Regulation foresees that by the end of 2013, the implementing measures for aerodrome safety shall be adopted. To this end, the Agency has planned the necessary rulemaking activities.
|16 August 2010||"Towards Common Safety Rules – first phase ATM Opinions", Cologne 24 June 2010– please find the conference report here|
|07 June 2010||Latest news on EASA in the ACI Airport Business magazine|
|22 March 2010||Latest news on EASA in the ACI Airport Business magazine|
|03 March 2010||
On the initiative of Espen Slyngstad, Director Aerodromes and ANS of the Norwegian CAA, an EASA information day on the 2nd extension was held in Oslo, Norway, on 22nd January 2010.
The well organised event was open to all Nordic CAAs, air traffic service providers and aerodromes as well as industry. Led by EASA’s Director of Rulemaking, Jules Kneepkens, the morning session featured detailed presentations by EASA representatives. The views of the European Commission were also presented. The afternoon featured dedicated breakout sessions on ATM/ANS and aerodromes, enabling participants to discuss in more detail the subjects of the morning. 144 experts – almost 50% more than expected - were able to make it to Oslo for this regional event.
|10 December 2009||Latest news on EASA in ACI Airport business magazine.|
|12 November 2009||The Group of Aerodrome Safety Regulators met on 10-12 November in Cologne for a series of workshops in which they undertake preparatory work/recommendations for the future rulemaking groups in the area of aerodrome safety.
The meeting was hosted by the Department R.5 ATM and Airports. The rulemaking activity should start in early spring 2010 and deliver the EASA opinion in mid-2012. Adoption of the rules has to be achieved by the European legislator by the end of 2013.
|04 November 2009||The latest release of EASA News (issue 3) has been published.|