July 2018


    AESA sends to the Secretary of State the report of PESO 2017

    Article 11.5 of Law 21/2003 on Air Safety provides 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.

    In compliance with the provisions of the Law, AESA has sent to the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, the higher body responsible for promoting the State Operational Safety Program (PESO), the annual report on the degree of implementation and implementation of the Programme for 2017.

    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.

    Publication of the Event Analysis and Monitoring Guide (Follow-up)

    Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on occurrence reporting in civil aviation lays down for organisations, in its Article 13, the requirement to develop a procedure for analysing occurrences in order to determine the associated safety risks. Following the above-mentioned analysis, organisations should identify appropriate measures to address security deficiencies, implement them in a timely manner and establish a process for monitoring implementation and effectiveness.

    In order to clarify, on the part of AESA, the acceptable way of complying with the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 in relation to the analysis and monitoring of events (Follow-Up) efficiently defining guidelines with which the analyses and monitoring of the same should be developed, the “Follow-Up” Guide has been developed for the organisations in the sector, which can be downloaded at the following link:


    Complimentary English translations of AESA general aviation triptychs

    AESA has made a courtesy translation into English of its different triptychs aimed at the general aviation sector. The objective is to achieve even greater dissemination of these compilations of good practices and safety recommendations to help users to know the main dangers of this type of aviation and try to minimise the occurrence of events in this field.

    The documents available on the AESA website are:

    • Recommendations to prevent impacts with birds. Recommendations for avoiding bird strikes (courtesy translation).
    • Operational recommendations in air traffic. Operational Air Traffic recommendation (courtesy translation).
    • Recommendations in training, maintenance and operation. Training, maintenance and operational recommendations (courtesy translation).
    • Notification in general and sports aviation. Occupation Reporting System General and Sports Aviation (courtesy translation).

    They can be found at the following link:


    Publication of new safety assessment methodologies for AESA

    Following the publication last year of methodologies for commercial air transport, air work and air traffic services (ATS) supervision, AESA has also published the safety assessment methodologies of Air Navigation-CNS and airports, both the Spanish version.

    You can find the following links to the AESA website:


    The Agency published the safety management system guidance material

    The Agency published the safety management system guidance material

    The objective of the Guide is to present and clarify the conceptual foundations of the processes to be established by an operator to implement its SMS, its constituent elements, and its underlying activities, without specifying more than in global terms how elements and activities are to be established. In other words, the Guide is not prescriptive. For example, the Guide conceptually develops the activities underlying “hazard identification processes” and provides examples, but does not prescribe a method such as the most appropriate method for identifying hazards. The reason is threefold. On the one hand, the availability of the highly prescriptive OACI Safety Management Manual (Doc. 9859) meets this need. Second, methods that are useful for one operator may not be useful for others. Third and perhaps most importantly, AESA considers that there is abundant knowledge, experience and relative state of maturity among Spanish operators so as not to need an “abc” of the implementation of SMS. The perspective of AESA is that the current need is the clarification of aspects and unification of criteria, the most complete assessment of which is decisive in the success of the implementation of SMS by an operator. This Guide essentially points to the latter.

    This guide material is available on the AESA website and you can consult it at the following newsletters-information-of-weight-guides or download directly through the link to_dea_gsms_01.pdf

    Meeting of the General Aviation and Sport Working Group

    On 14 June the meeting of the General Aviation and Sport Working Group was held in AESA, which serves as a common forum between the different associations of the general and sports aviation sector and the supervisory authority, so that the concerns and challenges of the sector can be shared.

    Representatives of the Association of Experimental Aviation (AAE), the Spanish Association of Light Aircraft Pilots (AEPAL), the Association of Pilots and Aircraft Owners (AOPA), the Official College of Commercial Aviation Pilots (COPAC), the Infante de Orleans Foundation (FIO), the Royal Aero Club of Spain (RACE) and the Royal Spanish Aero Federation (RFAE), as well as representatives of AESA, attended this call.

    During the meeting, the new licensing procedures for maintenance personnel and national maintenance centres were presented as a way to adapt the regulations to this sector. On the other hand, the standard modifications and repairs forms contained in CS-STAN were submitted as part of the AESA roadmap to make General and Sports Aviation requirements more flexible. The new section of General Aviation was also presented on the AESA website, in which, among other things, you can find a help document with all the regulations applicable to ultra-light structure aircraft and amateur construction aircraft. To conclude the meeting, AESA presented the “Tryptic of Recommendations to Prevent and Mitigate Airspace Infringements” recently published on the AESA website.

    Publication of the triptych “Recommendations to prevent and mitigate airspace violations”

    In May the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) issued a series of recommendations to prevent and mitigate airspace violations. The information leaflet is intended for general aviation users, air operators and air navigation providers, with the aim of reducing the number of incidents in this field of aviation.

    These recommendations are part of the safety promotion activities of the State Operational Safety Programme (PESO), with airspace violations being one of the priority areas of operational safety identified in the Operational Safety Action Plan (PASO).

    The information brochure is available on the AESA website and can be downloaded by all interested persons.


    Information day on safety and airspace violations at Sabadell airport

    The air navigation service provider FerroNATS organised last June a “Operational Safety Meeting and the Disclosure Day of Airspace Infringements” at Sabadell Airport with the aim of dealing with different operational and security aspects. AESA participated in the event with a presentation on airspace violations.

    The day was especially focused on pilots who regularly operate at Sabadell airport including, in addition, instructors and students from the pilot schools of Sabadell Airport.

    Air Space Infractions are one of the priority areas of the Operational Safety Action Plan (PASO). For this reason, staff of AESA’s Safety Assessment Coordination, as part of its safety promotion activities, participated with a presentation showing the evolution data of this area at national and local level during the last years and presenting examples of incidents of greater severity.

    It also took advantage of the day for the presentation of the triptych “Recommendations to prevent and mitigate airspace infringements” published by the Agency and is available on its website. Information material on this topic was also disseminated by EASA and Eurocontrol.

    Fair Culture Days

    On May 10th and 11st, the “Jornadas sobre Cultura Justa” was held for the second consecutive year. Judicial and Aviation World. The conferences were organised by APROCTA (Professional Association of Air Traffic Controllers), in collaboration with Eurocontrol, IFATCA and with the support of Enaire. The agenda of the conference combined theoretical sessions and discussion tables with the presentation of real case studies. The conferences and round tables were given by judges, prosecutors and staff of legal and safety departments of Eurocontrol, ENAIRE, IFATCA and AESA among others. On behalf of AESA, the Head of Security Reporting Service participated with a conference.

    Reissue of the triptych “Recommendations on training, maintenance and operation” for general aviation

    The triptych “Recommendations on Training, Maintenance and Operation” for general aviation has been reissued to incorporate new safety recommendations.

    The main objective of the reissue is to insist on the need to:

    • Keep in mind the maximum certified weight of the aircraft and consider whether one or two persons are flying on board, as well as the amount of fuel and luggage.
    • Receive updated information (engine and aircraft) by subscribing to a communication channel with the manufacturer.
    • Know and train emergency procedures to know how to deal with this type of situation in case they occur.

    The new edition can be found at the following link:


    AESA hosting the EASA Workshop on the implementation of the new regulation of air navigation services

    Last April, the State Aviation Safety Agency organised a workshop on the implementation of the new Regulation (EU) 2017/373 in collaboration with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), addressing the key aspects that must ensure the implementation of the new regulation in the European provision of air navigation services from 2 January 2020.

    The new regulation introduces significant developments, both for National Supervisory Authorities and for service providers. These include changes in the areas of human factors, the processes of analysis and mitigation of risks to changes in the air navigation system and the training and qualification requirements of personnel providing air navigation services. Many other aspects have been addressed in the two discussion sessions following the formal presentations of each of the invited organisations highlighting the high participation and high technical level of the discussions.

    The workshop included the participation of the main actors in the sector, including the different service providers: ENAIRE, AEMET, FERRONATS, SAERCO and INECO-, as well as AENA - airport manager - and ANSMET - National Meteorological Supervision Authority and the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation.

    The European Agency published the 2018-2022 Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS)

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published last March the European Aviation Safety Plan 2018-2022 (EPAS), which also includes the Agency’s regulatory programme. The Plan is a key component of the European Aviation Safety Programme and provides a coherent and transparent framework for safety work at European level, helping to identify the main safety risks and defining the actions to be taken. The national plan (PASO) is drawn up taking into account the European plan.

    Collaboration of AESA with the French National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC)

    For the second consecutive year, 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 operational safety in civil aviation.

    The presence of the Agency was a request of the Civil Aviation Authority gala, after the good criticism received the previous year, in which, among other things, the different risk prioritisation methodologies developed by the Coordination of Safety Assessment of AESA, some of which have been included as an example in the EASA document “Practices for risk-based oversight”.


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