July 2016


    Submitted to the Ministry of Development the Annual Report of PESO

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) sent on 29 June to the General Secretariat for Transport, for submission to the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, the Annual Report on the degree of implementation and implementation of the State Operational Safety Programme (PESO) corresponding to the year 2015, thus complying with the provisions of Article 11.5 of Law 21/2003 on Air Safety. Subsequently, the Ministry of Public Works will forward the report to the competent committees of the Congress of Deputies and the Senate.

    The annual report deals with the degree of implementation and implementation of the State Operational Safety Programme for Civil Aviation and the level of compliance in the financial year 2015 with the objectives set in it. The status of the objectives, indicators, and targets presented in the report are based on the information collected by AESA from the responses provided by the different affected parties: public bodies linked by PESO and suppliers of aeronautical services and products.

    This first PESO follow-up report compiles the most significant efforts made by the various actors linked to the Programme with the ultimate aim of achieving an increasingly secure civil aviation.

    I ECCAIRS Software Users Forum

    AESA celebrated last July 13rd the 1st ECCAIRS Software Users Forum, in order to promote the usefulness of this application in organisations that have decided to use this tool and achieve greater standardisation in the notification.

    With the entry into force and application of Regulation 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on occurrence reporting in civil aviation, different organisations requested to use ECCAIRS 5 software for the purpose of using this tool for the management of notifications.

    The intention of AESA is to hold a meeting periodically where the community of user organisations in Spain can raise common doubts and difficulties, give information on the latest updates and trends, share solutions found, etc. In fact, so that there is a more continuous and fluid contact between organisations in Spain that use ECCAIRS, and as a reinforcement to the in-person forum, a virtual forum of ECCAIRS Spanish user organisations will also be created.

    Operational techniques to prevent bird impact in general aviation

    Within the framework of the preventive approach to safety and taking into account the latest events related to the impact of large birds with light aircraft, AESA has analysed and evaluated these types of events with the aim of making a series of recommendations that help prevent and mitigate them.

    For this purpose it has developed a triptych that includes some preventive operational techniques for the navigation of light aircraft in an environment with possible presence of large gliding birds. This information is a collection of different sources, all of them of great prestige in the world of aviation.

    The document is available on the AESA website at the following link: Link to document

    The Event Reporting System reaches 100,000 events reported in Spain

    On June 24, ECCAIRS was registered, which is the tool used in the European Union for the registration of event information, the 100,000th event in Spain. The Event Notification System (SNS) was established in 2005 by Royal Decree 1334/2005 of 14 November 2005. Its objective is none other than the prevention of future accidents and incidents, without the intention of determining faults or responsibilities, except in cases of intent or gross negligence.

    Since 2006, the increase in the number of notifications has been permanent from 1,269 to 27,272 notifications in 2015, a figure that is expected to be exceeded also in this year 2016.

    The collection of data on events in civil aviation is based on the notifications made by individuals and organisations that, in the exercise of their functions or activities, have knowledge of them, so the milestone is a success, not only of the whole team that works in the System, but of the entire Spanish aeronautics community.

    AESA to organise Working Groups to Promote a Safety Culture in the Groundhandling Sector

    Last December, AESA held an Operational Safety Forum in the ground assistance service in which airport managers and ground handling agents participated, with the aim of improving communication, knowledge and cooperation between the aeronautical authority, industry and airport managers.

    For two days, joint strategies to be taken for the improvement of operational safety were discussed, how to make SMS a useful tool and that the different actors involved communicate and interact, since the involvement and coordination of all the actors involved is fundamental to achieve the objectives.

    Within this forum, it was agreed to create a working group to define a format for reporting occurrences of ground assistance agents, which would be useful for all and in which it will be possible to analyse which events should be reported mandatory to AESA.

    It was also agreed to create, together with airport managers, air operators, ground assistance agents, etc..., another working group for the definition of indicators that are useful and meet the premises defined in an operational safety management system.

    The groundhandling event reporting working group has already been launched and met twice, in March and May. These two meetings focused mainly on three points:

    • Agree between AESA and industry criteria to clarify mandatory reporting occurrences as defined in European Regulation No 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1018 of 29 June 2015. As a result of the dialogue held in the group, consensus criteria were reached that have been published on the AESA website.
    • Clarification of the available means of reporting to AESA’s Event Notification System. In this line, and in order to facilitate compliance with regulatory reporting requirements for this industry sector, AESA has been provided with a customised Excel notification template for groundhandling agents.
    • Proposal for the definition of an outreach campaign to promote the reporting of occurrences in the field of groundhandling. As a result of this point, a competition has been launched for the creation of a poster with this objective that will be distributed by Spanish airports with the intention that it is placed in those places to which the personnel involved have access.

    Publication in Spanish of the documents of the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST)

    Different products produced by the EHEST group are available in Spanish on the AESA website. Launched in 2006, this group brings together manufacturers, operators, research organisations, regulators and some European military operators and is committed to contributing to the goal of reducing the accident rate and overall improving operational safety in Europe.

    AESA collaborates with EASA and Airbus Helicopters in the Spanish translation of the products produced by the group to facilitate their promotion. The translated products, and available through the AESA website, are:

    AESA publishes recommendations to minimise risk in interrupted landings

    The State Aviation Safety Agency has published a document setting out recommendations and best practices to minimise risks in interrupted landings. Following the identification by the Air Traffic Incident Analysis and Study Group (CEANITA) of the manoeuvre to be carried out by a pilot in the event of an interrupted landing as a potentially dangerous and not sufficiently regulated situation, a working group was set up with the participation of AESA personnel, pilots and air traffic controllers.

    Any contingency that unexpectedly causes a sudden interruption of the final sequence of the landing manoeuvre at any point on the flight path below the minimum obstacle clearance altitude published for the approach in question ‘OCA/H’ and up to the beginning of the interrupted landing surface, which requires an engine and air manoeuvre, is understood as interrupted landing.

    The recommendations and best practices identified by this group to minimise the risk of this type of manoeuvre have been incorporated in a document that has been published on the AESA website and which can be found at the following link: Security Recommendation RECS-2016/001



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