NPA 2023-08

Regular update of the air traffic management / air navigation services rules

The provision of air traffic management/air navigation services (ATM/ANS) is subject to constant evolution generated by a variety of factors, such as the introduction of new technologies and operational concepts, the acquisition of experience from the implementation and oversight of the applicable rules or the evolution of the interdependent EU and/or International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulatory frameworks. It is therefore necessary to perform regular reviews and maintenance of the currently applicable regulatory material for the provision of ATM/ANS, as regulatory consistency is a key enabler to ensure a safe and efficient aviation system.

The general objective of the amendments proposed in this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to ensure a high and uniform level of safety in ATM/ANS and other ATM network functions and to reflect the state of the art and best practices by proposing amendments based on the selection of non-complex, non-controversial or mature subjects originating from European Commission requests, ICAO developments, stakeholders and expert groups or individuals which EASA has assessed as suitable and beneficial.

It includes proposed updates to a variety of provisions in Regulation (EU) 2017/373 and associated AMC and GM, in particular concerning air traffic services (ATS) and aeronautical information services (AIS) requirements. Consequential amendments to Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 and Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 and related AMC and GM are also proposed for consistency reasons.

NPA 2023-08 is divided in four parts. The present NPA 2023-08 (A) includes the background information pertaining to the regulatory proposal.