July 2017


    Safety recommendations and compilation of good practices for general aviation users

    Within the framework of the preventive approach to safety, AESA has developed a trilogy of triptychs dedicated to general aviation with the aim of disseminating useful information and a series of recommendations that can help users to know the main dangers of this type of aviation and avoid the occurrence of safety events.

     The trilogy consists of the following documents:

    • Recommendations to prevent impacts with birds: this triptych has been reissued to be part of the trilogy dedicated to safety recommendations and good practices in general aviation.
    • Operational recommendations in air traffic.
    • Recommendations on training, maintenance and operation 

    The documents are available on the AESA website at the following link, in the Information section:

    Directives, Recommendations, Guides, and Information

    Referral to the Cortes de la Memoria del PESO 2016

    The Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, the higher body responsible for promoting the State Operational Safety Program (PESO), has sent the Secretary of State for Relations with the Courts, the annual report on the degree of implementation and implementation of the Programme for 2016.

    The provisions of Article 11.5 of Law 21/2003 on Air Safety have been complied with, which stipulates that in the first half of each year, the State Aviation Safety Agency shall submit to the Secretary of State for Transport an annual report of PESO and that, subsequently, the Ministry of Public Works shall forward this 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 2016 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.

    Pablo Hernández-Coronado new president of ICAO’s Operational Safety Panel

    The Director of the Directorate of Safety Assessment and Internal Technical Audit of AESA, Pablo Hernández-Coronado Quintero, has been appointed Chairman of the Operational Safety Panel of ICAO (SMP-Safety Management Panel). The election took place during the third general meeting of this expert group, which was held at ICAO headquarters in Montreal from 13 to 16 June.

    On 28 May 2010, the ICAO Council adopted Recommendation 2/5, (a), (1) of the High-Level Conference on Security (HLSC 2010), which recommended that ICAO, in close cooperation with States and national and international organisations, develop a new Annex dedicated to the processes and responsibilities of States in relation to safety management.

    Thus, on March 15, 2011, the Air Navigation Commission (ANC) agreed to establish the Panel to provide the necessary recommendations in the elaboration of the new Annex, Annex 19, whose purpose, as mentioned above, is to help States manage aviation safety risks. Due to the increasing complexity of the global air transport system and the interrelationship of its aviation activities necessary to ensure the safe operation of aircraft, the Annex supports the continued evolution of a preventive strategy to improve safety performance.

    In order to highlight the importance of the Annex in the field of aviation, and therefore of the work carried out by the Panel, it should be noted that the previous ICAO Annex that entered into force, Annex 18, which regulates the safe transport of dangerous goods by air, did so in 1983, being applicable from January 1984. That is, 30 years have passed until the publication and entry into force in 2013 of a new ICAO Annex, the first edition of Annex 19.

    AESA and the sector agree to collaborate in the development of the National Aviation and Fauna Programme

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), under the Ministry of Public Works, held on June 8 the 1st National Aviation and Fauna Forum, in which the sector’s commitment to jointly elaborate the development of the National Aviation and Fauna Program was reached.

    The objective of this forum has been achieved, once an agreement has been reached to work together and develop a joint strategy for the entire sector concerned and that will make it possible to reconcile the development of aviation with the environment, in particular with birds, with safety being the main priority.

    The Agency, aware of the need to implement joint actions, has promoted the holding of this First National Forum of Aviation and Fauna, whose main intention was to promote the relationship and coordination between the actors involved and interested in the risk generated by the fauna - mainly birds - in aviation, so that all contribute, as far as possible, to the reduction of that risk.

    Throughout the day, technicians of the Agency spoke explaining among other issues the “analysis of wildlife risk” and the importance of the “reporting of occurrences in fauna”. In addition, representatives of AENA, Enaire, the Air Army, the Official College of Pilots (COPAC), the Association of Air Companies (ALA), the Association of Spanish Air Transport Companies (ACETA), the Spanish Association of Light Aircraft Pilots (AEPAL), the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, and the University of Lleida, explained the management and control of fauna in its various areas of action.

    In this first edition, due to the transversality of the topic, in addition to airport managers, air navigation service providers, airlines, pilots, aviation associations, AESA invited representatives from other areas such as the Autonomous Communities, municipalities, authorities of the air army, environment, etc.

    Publication of good practices for towed retreats at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport

    The AESA Airport Inspections Division (DIA) aims, beyond the inspection function, to promote awareness and good practices in operational safety, providing the airport industry as a reference and support in those matters in the field of civil aviation.

    As part of this work, the triptych of Good Practices for towed recoils has been developed at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, which is mainly aimed at improving coordination and precise and fluid communication between the different actors in the towed recoil maneuvers; companies, groundhandling agents and platform management service provider, among others.

    The triptych was published in May on the AESA website and sent to the airport manager for dissemination to different stakeholders.  You can find yourself by clicking here.

    Vertical speed restraints when performing traffic separation by ascent/descent regimes

    AESA has published a series of recommendations and guide material with the aim of clarifying the operation of action and establishing a single criterion regarding the validity of vertical speed restrictions when performing traffic separation by ascent/descent regimes.

    These recommendations have been addressed to air traffic control service providers and air operators after differing interpretations of Articles and of the Air Traffic Regulation have been detected that had contributed to the occurrence of air traffic incidents.

    The document with the recommendations and best practices has been published on the AESA website and can be consulted by clicking here.

    Fair Culture Day in ATM

    ENAIRE, in collaboration with APROCTA (Professional Association of Air Traffic Controllers), EUROCONTROL and IFACTA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations) organised a conference on Fair Culture in Barcelona last May. Under the title of “Fair Culture: you wanted to know everything about Fair Culture and you did not dare to ask” in this day were treated from different perspectives Fair Culture in the field of ATM: What is it? What ain't it?

    The day featured the presence and intervention of professionals from the judicial field (judges and prosecutors), and the fit of Fair Culture in the European and Spanish judicial system was explained.

    Working day at Madrid-Barajas airport Adolfo Suárez to prevent incidents of blows of wing tip and tail tip of aircraft

    On April 3 rd, the meeting of a working group, organised by AESA, took place at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport on incidents and accidents of blows of wing tip and tail tip of aircraft. The main objective of this working day was the analysis of this type of incidents at runway waiting points both in Spain and in the rest of Europe in order to establish the contributing factors and mitigating measures to reduce the prevention of hits between an AC1 aircraft stopped at a waiting point and another AC2 aircraft that rolls down a taxiway behind AC1.

    The working group focused on identifying the causes that could motivate the crew to stop the AC1 aircraft at a distance from the standby signal or, in the case of AC2, to continue its trajectory when there are doubts as to whether the safety margin is sufficient.

    The seminar was conducted by personnel of the Division of Airport Inspections (DIA) and was attended by AENA, ENAIRE and SAERCO, as well as representatives of the main airlines, and staff of the DIA itself and the Coordination of the Safety Assessment of AESA.

    Safety recommendation for aircraft fleet SA226/SA227

    On March 23, AESA issued the Safety Recommendation “Operational analysis of the pitch trim actuator of the aircraft fleet SA226/SA227” (RECS-2017/002/1.0). As a result of the risks associated with events or clusters of events collected, the Event Notification System (SNS) has implemented an analysis process in relation to the operation of the pitch trim system in the SA226/SA227 aircraft fleet, in order to obtain the corrective/preventive measures necessary for the improvement of safety based on failure monitoring/reliability of the system, as set out in M.A.202, M.A.403 and M.A.403 of Annex I Part M to Regulation 1321/2014.

    Following the analysis process initiated by the SNS in collaboration with affected operators, the investigation of the failure of the actuator by the holder of the type certificate (M7 Aerospace) is currently under way, in coordination with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration of the USA). In addition, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been informed of the analysis carried out by AESA and of the investigation of the type-certificate holder in order to lead the research at European level. The conclusions of these studies could result in an update of the recommendations of this document.

    This recommendation can be found in the following document on the AESA website: RECs-2017-002_security_actuator_pta_metros.pdf

    AESA explains in France the implementation of the PESO in our country

    In February, staff of the Directorate of Safety Assessment and Internal Technical Audit of AESA explained in the National School of French Civil Aviation (ENAC), in the context of the activities of the Advanced Master on Safety Management in Aviation, the process of implementation of the State Operational Safety Program (PESO) and the firm commitment of our country to achieve a high level of safety in civil aviation.

    The presence of the Agency was a request from the Gala Civil Aviation Authority, after visiting AESA to learn about the different risk prioritisation methodologies developed by the AESA Safety Assessment Coordination, some of which has been included as an example in the EASA document “Practices for risk-based oversight”.

    Operational safety workshop

    On 19 and 20 January 2017, a workshop on safety was held at Madrid Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport organised by ENAIRE-AENA - IATA - EVAIR (EUROCONTROL), with the participation of air navigation service providers, pilot associations, companies, airport managers and AESA.

    The first day focused on the problem of non-compliance with speed restrictions during the approach by pilots and possible causes, as well as the violation of airspace by drones, especially in the approach phase.

    The second day focused on the analysis of cases of collisions on the ground within the manoeuvring area due to a poor position at the waiting point (tail blows - wing tip between aircraft) or a wrong maneuver in the push-back maneuvers on the platform.

    During the second day Ryanair presented the mitigation plan that it has implemented in its fleet to improve situational awareness in cases of runway incursions and Barajas airport presented the plan to improve horizontal signalling in the area of movement.

    Risk mitigating measures in autogiro operation

    Last January, a series of risk mitigating measures in the operation with autotours were published on the AESA website to disseminate among the users of this type of aircraft, pending the publication of an Airworthiness Directive whose objective is to increase the safety of the operation in terms of load factor and speed of this type of aircraft.

    You can access this information by clicking here.

    In the development of this Directive, AESA and the manufacturers of this type of aircraft are working in coordination.


¿No encuentras lo que buscas?

Preguntas frecuentes