Opinion 01/2021

Occurrence-reporting requirements and requirements for meteorological services

The objectives of this Opinion are to:

  • align Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 laying down common requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions and their oversight with Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 on the reporting, analysis and follow-up of occurrences in civil aviation. The aim of the proposed amendments is to mitigate the risks of overlaps and ambiguities that exist in the current regulatory framework due to the coexistence of reporting requirements in the delegated and implementing acts adopted on the basis of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (the Basic Regulation) and in Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 and its delegated and implementing acts. The proposed amendments will increase legal certainty and support the implementation of effective occurrence-reporting systems as part of safety management; 
  • transpose within the European Union (EU) regulatory framework the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as regards meteorological services, especially the provision of SIGMET/AIRMET by meteorological watch offices (MWOs), the coordination between themselves, and the facilitation of area forecasts for low-level flights. The proposed amendments will assist Member States (MSs) in fulfilling their obligations under the Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as the ‘Chicago Convention’) by providing a basis for a common interpretation and uniform implementation of the respective Chicago Convention’s provisions; and
  • to correct the instructions for the completion of the SNOWTAM format in order to facilitate the correct and proper implementation of the ICAO Global Reporting Format (GRF) at EU level.

In order to achieve these objectives, this Opinion proposes amendments to Annex I (Part-DEFINITIONS), Annex II (Part-ATM/ANS.AR), Annex III (Part-ATM/ANS.OR), Annex V (Part-MET) and Annex VI (Part-AIS) to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 as regards occurrence reporting, follow-up and analysis requirements, specific requirements for providers of meteorological services (Part-MET), as well as to the instructions for the completion of the SNOWTAM format.