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The document ‘Proposal for a Competency Framework for the Competent Authorities' Inspectors’ is now available on the EASA website. This report illustrates the outcome of the Working Group established by EASA Management Board that developed a competency framework for Civil Aviation Authority Inspectors.

Activity Report - June 2015 – May 2016

Aviation by nature operates across borders. Member States and their competent authorities, therefore need to work together. Such cooperation between competent authorities ensures that aviation activities of organisations/persons active in one Member States, but certified by the competent authority of another Member State, are properly overseen.

After the initial draft was issued in July 2015, several comments were received and incorporated. At the same time the text has been updated to reflect the amendment of ICAO Annex 19.
The document is published under the provision of Art. 5(3) of Regulation (EU) No 628/2013: “The Agency shall provide competent authorities of Member States with relevant information to support the uniform implementation of the applicable requirements.” and is intended to offer a possible solutions to a common issue.

The analysis in this paper seeks to identify the main safety risks involving Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations.

The European Aviation Safety Agency Task Force has assessed the risks resulting from collisions between drones of varying masses and different categories of manned aircraft, considering their design characteristics and operational requirements.

The growth in numbers of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or “drones”, is matched by the significant range of benefits that their use promises. Those benefits will not be fully realised, however, unless there can be confidence that such UAS can be operated safely.

EASA Newsletter: On Air

New Start for Rotorcraft
EASA on the international scene
EASA and the world of Drones
Annual Safety Conference Special: New Technologies & New Business models
Flight Tracking
Cybersecurity – EASA Internal Occurrence Reporting System (IORS) – Airworthiness Directives (ADs) and Safety Information Bulletins (SIBs)
EASA Vision for 2020 – Revision of the Basic Regulation
Interview Director-General of DG MOVE (Joao Aguiar Machado) – Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs)
Air Traffic Management – Interview Airbus (Charles Champion) – Operational Suitability Data (OSD)
General Aviation
Crisis Coordination – Interview with the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates (Al Blooshi) – Certification of the Airbus AB 350 XWB
EU License for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCO) and Data Link – Interview Ryanair (Michael O’Leary) – Third Country Operators (TCOs)

European Plan for Aviation Safety

Safety Promotion

Here is a link to the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) webpage dealing with Safety Management. Several Safety Promotion materials and toolkits are available.
In particular, SMS toolkits (please use the latest version) are available in English and Spanish.

ECAST sponsored the European Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursion (EAPPRI) and ECAST organisations participated in its development.
The link below redirects to the EAPPRI web-page of the SKYbrary website.

The EHEST MARIA Risk Assessment Toolkit contains a methodology and a database system that support safety studies and keep track of hazards and other risk assessment elements. Safety studies are organised around causes,  hazardous events (or hazards), consequences and safety barriers. Elements are linked together to describe cause-effect relations and orient action. MARIA functionalities include producing reports and exporting data to external databases and safety documents.

This tool has been developed to allow pilots and technicians to evaluate the actual risk of the flight or of the maintenance.
The tool is based on the PAVE (Pilot, Aircraft, environment, External pressure) check list and adapted for the type of flight (HEMS, leisure, training, passenger, etc.).
The final purpose is to make pilots and technicians aware that simple factors, when combined, can raise the total risk significantly, eventually resulting  in a situation where the helicopter should not flight unless some of the risk factors are mitigated.

The following link redirects to the Runway Incursion Portal of the SkyBrary website.

This leaflet provides guidance and safety tips for pilots, instructors and examiners on the subject of training and testing of emergency and abnormal procedures.

This leaflet provides guidance to helicopter instructors and examiners on how to conduct aircrew training and testing in Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTDs), and provides basic principles on how to get the best use of this invaluable training asset. The benefits of FSTDs are covered in the previously published leaflet HE6 Advantages of Simulators (FSTDs) in Helicopter Flight Training.

This leaflet addresses safety at flying displays and events and provides guidance for pilots. Originally published by UK CAA, the leaflet was adapted by EGAST for wider use in Europe. The European Airshow Council (EAC) supported this work. The leaflet addresses various important subjects such as managing the risk involved in airshows, planning your display, and practicing and preparing for your display. It also addresses the airshow itself and provides measures to take on the display day and after the display.

This leaflet identifies current best practice on automation and flight path management. Over the years helicopter manufacturers have used more automation to assist crews and reduce manual flying workload. The rapid advances in technology have given rise to significant capabilities. Automation has contributed substantially to the sustained improvement of flight safety. Automation increases the timeliness and precision of routine procedures reducing the opportunity for errors and the associated risks to the safety of the flight.

ECAST sponsored the European Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursion (EAPPRE) and ECAST organisations participated in its development.
The link below redirects to the EAPPRE web-page of the SKYbrary website.

The EHEST European Helicopter Safety Analysis Team (EHSAT) published between 2008 and 2015 three accidents reports using an adapted version of the taxonomy developed by the IHST Join Helicopter Safety Analysis Team (JHSAT) and the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS). 

EHSAT Regional Teams (RTs) spread all through Europe analysed hundreds of national accident reports and EASA aggregated and further analysed results centrally.

The following link redirects to the Runway Excursion Portal of the SkyBrary website.

This leaflet focusses on In-Flight Icing.
It provides guidance to pilots of non-complex aeroplanes without modern ice protection systems. Topics include icing after landing, effects of icing, propeller icing, pre-flight planning, pre-flight checks and ground de-icing, and typical in-flight icing scenarios.
Actions to be taken when encountering icing are presented in a summary section.

EHEST has developed this Helicopter Flight Instructor manual based on a manual developed by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), incorporating extensive feedback from the helicopter training community. CASA has kindly made this manual available to EHEST for dissemination. EHEST has incorporated  changes to reflect European terminology and syllabus contents and also enriched the manual.

This leaflet introduces and illustrates the concept of Threat and Error Management (TEM) to flight crews and training organisations. Data analysis confirms that a continuing significant number of helicopter accidents occur due to poor decision making and human performance  both prior and during flight. This leaflet contributes to address these weaknesses by describing and illustrating a methodology to manage threats and errors. 

Technology is not high on the list of accident factors, as it is merely the lack of technology that may have led to an accident.
Technology provides a variety of solutions that can contribute to prevent various types of accidents or to increase survivability.
The EHSIT Specialist Team Technology of EHEST was created to assess the potential of existing and emerging technologies to mitigate accident factors.

This Toolkit has been created by the Specialist Team Operations & SMS of EHEST. The SMM Version 1 for Non-Complex operators has been developed with consideration of Annex III of the EU regulation on Air Operations, Part ORO Subpart GEN Section II ‘Management System’ and the relevant AMCs and GM published in October 2012. It will be particularly useful for Non-Complex operators with limited experience of running a Safety Management System (SMS).

EASA Brochure

A risk based approach to regulation of unmanned aircraft

General Aviation Leaflet

Hypoxia Conditions, Associated Risks and Mitigating Measures

Annual Safety Review

Annual Activity Report

Annual Safety Recommendations Review

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