ED Decision 2021/014/R

Standardised European rules of the air — Introduction of radiotelephony phraseologies for the provision of aerodrome flight information service (RMT.0476 — Subtask 3)

The objective of this rulemaking task is to maintain a high level of safety as regards services and procedures in air navigation. 

Common rules for the provision of flight information service (FIS), which includes aerodrome flight information service (AFIS), have been established with the adoption of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/469, applicable as of 27 January 2022. The introduction of radiotelephony (RT) phraseologies for the provision of FIS/AFIS is necessary to ensure unambiguous air–ground voice communication between air traffic services (ATS) units and pilots, thus increasing safety.

A complete and explicit set of RT phraseologies for the provision of FIS and AFIS will provide safety benefits throughout the EU, especially for cross-border flights which receive such services, by considerably reducing the possibility for misinterpretations in air–ground voice communications between ATS units and pilots.

Decision 2021/014/R introduces the necessary amendments to the Annex to ED Decision 2013/013/R of 17 July 2013 adopting the AMC and GM to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 on Standardised European Rules of the Air (the SERA IR), and more specifically to Appendix 1 to AMC1 SERA.14001 thereto, by introducing the following:

  • a comprehensive set of AFIS RT phraseologies for air–ground voice communications between pilots and AFIS units;
  • some additional RT phraseologies applicable to both FIS and AFIS to address specific operational situations; and 
  • structural amendments to the aforementioned Appendix 1 to clearly indicate which RT phraseologies are applicable when different ATS (air traffic control (ATC) service and/or FIS, including AFIS) are provided, thus supporting their harmonised use in a safe manner.