December 2016


    AESA signs the European agreement of the Safeclouds Consortium for the improvement of aviation safety

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has signed together with fifteen other European bodies the Safeclouds Consortium Agreement, a project to develop data analysis solutions to provide new capabilities to the various aviation agents involved with the aim of improving safety.

    SafeClouds is the latest safety-focused project awarded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 programme and brings together a consortium combining airlines, air navigation service providers, authorities and research institutions.

    Leveraging the combination of the skills of the different team members, the project will contemplate new ways of processing a large amount of data to identify security hotspots, provide predictive analysis of various security events, and support authorities to have a deeper understanding of the different levels of security.

    SafeClouds will cover a wide range of technologies, seeking to manage and merge data from a variety of sources and configure specific storage and computing architectures. SafeClouds will also develop specific technologies to ensure that data analysis can be performed while maintaining data confidentiality, exploring secure computing techniques that allow “blind benchmarking” market comparisons across the industry.

    The SafeClouds consortium is coordinated by the Innaxis research institute and in addition to AESA is composed of: Fraunhofer ITWM, TADOREA Innovation, CRIDA - ATM Research, Development and Innovation Reference Centre, LFV - Luftfartsverket, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pegasus Airlines, Iberia, Air Europa, Vueling, Delft University of Technology, Münich Technical University, Linköping University, EUROCONTROL and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

    SafeClouds technologies will be delivered and rolled out progressively over the next few years. Commitment to other research and technological innovation programs will help to effectively and impactful deployment of the various solutions. For more information you can visit

    Published the Joint Annual Report of the AESA and CEANITA Event Report for 2015

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has published the Joint Annual Report of the AESA Event Notification System (SNS) and the Panel on Study and Analysis of Notifications of Air Traffic Incidents (CEANITA) for 2015.

    The purpose of the SNS is to receive, collect, store, classify, operate and analyse all notifications received in the system in accordance with the applicable rules set out in Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on the reporting of occurrences in civil aviation. It thus contributes to the improvement of aviation safety, ensuring that its sole objective is the prevention of future accidents and incidents, without the aim of identifying faults or responsibilities and that relevant event information is treated with due confidentiality.

    CEANITA, Interministerial Collegiate Body whose operating rules are established in Order PRE/697/2012 of 2 April, aims to provide advice and collaboration to the State Aviation Safety Agency and the Air Force Staff of the Ministry of Defence for the prevention of air traffic incidents and accidents. To this end, CEANITA studies and analyses these incidents and, where appropriate, proposes safety recommendations, thus contributing to the improvement of air navigation safety.

    The purpose of this report is to present, on the one hand, a statistical exploitation carried out by the AESA Success Notification System (SNS) from the notifications received during 2015, through which you can obtain:

    • objective statistical measures reflecting the state and evolution of civil aviation events, incidents and accidents in Spain during the period considered,
    • information that will allow the identification of deviations or trends that may compromise the safety of operations, thus favoring the implementation of actions aimed at their mitigation; and
    •  assessment of the effect of actions from previous studies or exercises through comparative analyses.

    On the other hand, this report contains a summary of the activity of CEANITA corresponding to the study of those Air Traffic Incidents (ITA) that occurred during 2015 that have been analysed by this body, due to the associated risk assessment carried out by DESATI.

    This report also complies with the requirement set out in Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on occurrence reporting in civil aviation, which obliges Member States of the European Union to publish, at least once a year, a report to the public on the level of civil aviation safety.

    Workshop on the implementation of the European Air Operations Regulation

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) in collaboration with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) organised a Workshop on November 21, in the Event Hall of the Centre for Applied Techniques Studies of CEDEX (Center for Study and Experimentation of Public Works) on the implementation of the European Regulation in Air Operations (Air Ops Regulation (EU) 965/2012).

    The objective of the same was to deal with the issues, doubts or questions raised in the implementation of the regulations, seeking to be an interactive workshop where commercial aviation of fixed wing and helicopters and the authorities had the opportunity to exchange views.

    The workshop was dedicated to flight time limitations (ORO.FTL), fuel policy (CAT.OP) and crew training (ORO.FC), also taking the opportunity to report new regulatory developments by EASA.

    Day on storms and their impact on air transport and navigation

    On November 17, the day on storms and their impact on transport and air navigation was held jointly organised by AEMET (State Meteorology Agency), APROCTA (Professional Association of Air Traffic Controllers) and COPAC (Official College of Commercial Aviation Pilots) in the event hall of AEMET headquarters in Madrid.

    Storms are one of the weather events with the greatest impact on safety and efficiency in air transport. The conference, attended by a hundred people, mostly professionals from the air sector from different organisations, highlighted the need to review the protocols of action, as well as to establish new procedures for the exchange of information in case of severe adverse weather.

    Flight Safety Day at the Centennial of the Four Wind Air Base Officers Pavilion

    On Saturday, October 29, the Flight Safety Day took place within the events of the Centennial of the Officers Pavilion of the Four Wind Air Base. The day was organised by the Four Wind Air Base belonging to the Air Force, it was aimed mainly at sports aviation and its main objective was to contribute to an improvement of the safety culture in this area.

    The conference included interventions from various institutions related to aviation safety such as the Commission of Inquiry into Civil Aviation Accidents and Incidents (CIAIAC), the System of Notification of Events of the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), ENAIRE and the Air Forces, as well as individual speakers.

    Participation in the Mathin Workshop organised by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT)

    The Head of the Data Analysis Service of AESA participated, on October 28, as a speaker in the "Workshop of Mathematical Solutions for the Industry: Success stories and perspectives" (mathin) organised by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT).

    The objective of the Workshop is to promote the transfer of mathematical technology to companies and institutions while showing the most advanced technological solutions for each industrial sector.

    The participation of AESA consisted of the presentation of the risk management methodology for the safety of civil aviation RIMAS, developed within the framework of a collaboration agreement between the Royal Academy of Sciences and AESA, and its integration into the State Operational Safety Program.

    New edition of the ECCAIRS Software User Forum

    AESA celebrated on October 19 the second edition of the forum of ECCAIRS user organisations in Spain, which aims to promote the usefulness of this application in organisations that have decided to use this tool and achieve greater standardisation in the notification.

    In this edition, exhibitions related mainly to the use of advanced ECCAIRS tools were made:

    • use of templates for automated reporting,
    • batch processing tools,
    •  use of auxiliary databases for recommendations and registrations,
    • data capture tool in Excel.

    Likewise, the electronic support of the forum was launched, by creating within the section of the Forums of the Electronic Headquarters of the State Aviation Safety Agency, a new thread to support this forum and create a more agile means of exchange of information among the participants.

    Course of investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation at the General Council of the Judiciary

    Within the framework of the Program of Continuing Training of the Judicial Career for 2016, the course on Investigation and Prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation (EX1624) was held in Madrid on 17 and 18 October 2016.

    This course is part of the “previous agreements” signed between the CIAIAC and the Administration of Justice, pursuant to Article 12(3) of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation.

    The training activity itself was part of the program of Continuing Training of the Judicial Career this year, within the planning of the Judicial School of the General Council of the Judiciary. The Director of DESATI, Pablo Hernández-Coronado Quintero, participated as Rapporteur, in the presentation entitled: “The importance of the protection of safety information and its sources in the framework of the preventive approach to aviation safety oversight”.

    Other speakers of the course were:

    • Mr Rafael Mozo Muelas, Vocal of the General Council of the Judiciary.
    • MS. María Jesús Guerrero Lebrón, Professor of Commercial Law at the Pablo de Olavide University (Sevilla). Commission of Inquiry into Civil Aviation Accidents and Incidents (CIAIAC).
    • Mr Juan Javier Pérez Pérez, Judge of Instruction No. 11 of Madrid.
    • Mr Nicomedes Expósito Márquez, Chief Commander of the Identification Department. Criminal Service of the Civil Guard.
    • MS. Ana Rosa Curra Rojo, Judge of the Criminal Court 15 of Seville.
    • Mr Manuel Moix Blázquez, Prosecutor of the Supreme Court.
    • Mr Jorge Valero Rodríguez, Secretary of the Commission of Inquiry into Civil Aviation Accidents and Incidents (CIAIAC).

    The course closed with a visit to Adolfo Suárez Airport, Madrid-Barajas CGA (Airport Management Center), Department of Aeronautical Safety.

    The participants in the training activity, judges and prosecutors, valued very positively the development of the same, and the objectives set were widely exceeded

    Published the Annual Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Civil Aviation Accidents and Incidents (CIAIAC)

    On the website of the Commission of Inquiry into Civil Aviation Accidents and Incidents,, is, since September 13, available to all Internet users, a digital copy of the report of the activities that this body, member of the State Operational Safety Program, carried out throughout 2015

    It is the Ministry of Development itself, which, every year, after receiving the report of the president of the CIAIAC, is responsible for giving it the timely dissemination, in particular, by transferring it to the Committees of Development of the Congress and the Senate.

    Participation in the II Operational Safety Conferences organised by the Airport Services Directorate of IBERIA

    The AESA Event Notification System (SNS) participated, on November 23, in the II Operational Safety Conferences organised by the Directorate of Airport Services of IBERIA. These conferences have a double institutional and operational aspect, since they had the presence of both the Heads of National Scale and Managers of the Directorate of Airport Services and the Heads of Operational Safety of the company at airports.

    A number of topics related to Operational Safety were addressed, such as the importance of groundhandling occurrence reporting, human factors, or various internal communication and safety initiatives within the safety or maintenance management system.

    New General and Sports Aviation Working Group

    At the plenary session of the Committee of Experts on Aircraft Safety, the creation of a General Aviation and Sports Working Group was unanimously approved on 3 December 2015.

    The main objectives of the group are:

    • Its participation in the regulatory development affecting non-EASA aircraft (ULM, amateur and historical).
    • The establishment and maintenance of media between the sector and AESA.
    • The development of guidance and information material related to the sector.
    • Boosting the applicable actions of both the PASO and the Eurocontrol Plan in relation to airspace infringements.

    The group consists of a group of experts in the field of reference and of staff of AESA

    • AESA: Initial and continuous airworthiness.
    • AESA: Operations and training.
    • Royal Spanish Aeronautical Federation (RFAE).
    • AOPA-Spain (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association).
    • Spanish Association of Light Aircraft Pilots (AEPAL).
    • Real Aero Club of Spain (RACE).
    • Infante de Orleans Foundation (FIO).
    • CIAIAC.

    This group met in June, October and December of this year with the main objective of developing new regulations in this sector. The draft airworthiness part and the licensing and training part with excellent collaboration from the participating associations have been submitted for comment.

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