First semester 2019


    AESA forwards to the Secretariat of State the report of the PESO 2018

    One more year, the Agency has complied with Article 11.5 of Law 21/2003 on Aviation Safety and has submitted the PESO’s annual report to the Secretary of State for Transport. The Ministry of Public Works will then forward this report to the competent committees of the Congress of Deputies and the Senate.

    The report summarises the degree of implementation and implementation of the Programme during 2018 and is based on the information collected by AESA from the responses provided by the various parties concerned: public bodies linked by the PESO and suppliers of aeronautical services and products.

    The degree of compliance with the actions planned under the Programme has been high, at 86 %, above the target of 75 % initially defined.

    Update of the recommendation to prevent and detect Hard-Landings

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has updated the Recommendations for the Prevention and Detection of Hard-Landings, in particular information on pre-warning levels, obtained through the Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) analysis.

    This Edition 2.0 is the result of the study of the events that occurred, and of the learning of the implementation of preventive and corrective measures applied in the monitoring of events (Follow-up) of various air operators.

    The document can be found at the following link:


    Opening edition of SAFE (Safety in Aviation Forum for Europe)

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) attended the inaugural edition of the Safety in Aviation Forum for Europe (SAFE) 360°. This event, organised by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), took place in Brussels from 13 to 15 May and provided an equal opportunity to address the different safety issues using a cross-cutting approach between different aviation domains.

    The event brought together around 250 professionals from across the European aviation community in order to exchange experiences and propose solutions to the different safety issues by dealing with them through the expanded vision that provides the presentation of combined and cross-cutting risks.

    The first day covered the strategic vision, the main risks and their possible collaborative mitigation actions. The second and third days, following the same vision of collaborative action, dealt with ramp incursions, lithium batteries and ground safety, followed by separate event reporting sessions and Flight Data Monitoring (FDM).

    Participation in key international safety fora

    AESA participated from 6 to 10 May in the meeting of the Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SM ICG) in Brisbane, Australia. In the SM ICG, regulatory authorities cooperate jointly to promote a common understanding of safety management principles and requirements and facilitate their implementation throughout the international aviation community.

    AESA collaborates in the translation into Spanish of the products produced by the SM ICG to facilitate their promotion. Translated products can be downloaded from our website:


    On this occasion, the theme chosen for the group’s plenary session was SSP Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities. OACI (International Civil Aviation Organisation) shared with the group the results of the last meeting of the OACI Panel on Safety Risk Management, EASA showed the new European regulatory framework and some national supervisory authorities explained their progress in activities related to safety management programmes.

    The theme of the industry day was Safety Management Beyond 2020: Challenges and opportunities. Several representatives of the Australian local industry had the opportunity to show the group members and the rest of the industry their progress and the difficulties encountered. The ICG SM took the opportunity to present to the industry the material already developed and which is useful as a guide for the implementation of safety management systems in the organisations.

    Finally, during the working days of the group, AESA participated in a new project that develops guidance material on the management of operational safety risks at the state level. The objective of this project is to make available to regulators and state civil aviation organisations a reference guide that identifies those changes at state level that may affect the management of safety risks, the process of risk management of these risks and, finally, different human factors associated with the process.

    In addition, the OACI Panel on Annex 19 Operational Safety Management held its 4th official meeting at OACI facilities in Montreal from 23 to 26 April.

    Progress continued in the development of the website associated with the 4th edition of the Operational Safety Management Manual (OACI document 9859), SMI website, and discussed topics such as proposed amendments to the Annex, the emergency response plan or the need for revision of the ALoSP concept, an acceptable level of safety performance.

    Participation in the final of the 48th Franz Edelman Prize

    During the month of April, the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) participated in Austin (Texas, USA) in the final of the 48th Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Advanced Analysis, Operations Research and Management Sciences, awarded by the International Association of Operations and Analysis Research Professionals (INFORMS).

    AESA has been one of the six finalists for its methodology of the preventive approach to safety. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) dictates that each country must develop a State Security Program (SSP) to develop a preventive approach to safety oversight and management at the national level.

    These programmes enable strategic decision-making and the allocation of resources to support hazard identification, risk assessment, security assurance and safety promotion. The Agency partnered with the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain to introduce analytical methodologies that support the SSP.

    Its methodology, the Aviation Safety Risk Management Tool (RIMAS), means that for the first time advanced analytical techniques have been used in a preventive approach to civil aviation.

    AESA has shared this experience with five other finalists, all of which are renowned organisations:

    • Boston Public Schools, for developing with MIT an algorithm that made the city’s school bus system more efficient.
    • IBM, for introducing time-consuming, subjective business judgement analysis and operations research tools for informed decisions based on information and data.
    • Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and Tetra Tech, for implementing the RTC software solution developed by Tetra Tech, CSOFT® to efficiently manage sewage networks in real time according to rain forecasts and sensor readings.
    • Microsoft, for developing an innovative fraud detection system based on advanced artificial intelligence, operations research and automation.
    • Vattenfall, for operations research techniques (O.R.) in the design of wind farms, combined with technical knowledge, commercial knowledge and system design to achieve great savings.

    All the finalist organisations were awarded a trophy that recognises the merit of having reached this stage. Finally, it was Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and Tetra Tech that won the triumph. In addition, all the authors participating in the articles associated with these five projects were distinguished as laureates Edelman

    Information day for air operators

    During the month of April, the State Agency for Aviation Safety (AESA) gave an informative day at the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Works of Paseo de la Castellana, with the assistance of air operators.

    Topics related to:

    • Regulatory changes (New EASA Basic Regulation, NAT HLA/PBCS Operational Approval, New Entry Policy Requirements (AIROPS/SERA), New Controls (Alcohol and Psychoactive Substances) - Pilot Support Programme and Dangerous Goods).
    • Changes and Frequently Asked Questions.
    • Electronic notifications, new regulatory framework.
    • Monitoring (Continued Surveillance Plan, Performance Based Monitoring, Frequent Non-compliances).
    • Operations Manual.

    Workshop on fair culture

    On 4 and 5 April, the 3 rd Workshop on Fair Culture was held at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). Judicial and aviation world, jointly organised by APROCTA (Professional Association of Air Traffic Controllers), EUROCONTROL, UIB and ENAIRE, to which AESA was invited as a partner.

    During these days, we worked together with professionals from the judicial world, to improve the dissemination of the fair culture, and the understanding of it within the field of civil and criminal law.

    Topics such as non-contractual liability and indictment in criminal proceedings, the protection of the notifier or fair culture in Air Navigation, among others, were discussed, as well as a round table between AESA, COPAC (Official Association of Commercial Aviation Pilots), UIB, ENAIRE, FerroNATS and Gatco (Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers), where the evolution of the model of accident and incident investigation was discussed.

    Workshop “Think Safety” organised by OACI and IFATCA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations)

    In partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), IFATCA organised another “Think Safety” workshop on 27 February, 1 and 2 March. With the support of the Spanish member association, USCA, the headquarters of this edition was Madrid. The aviation safety workshop was aimed at aviation professionals with the aim of improving their understanding of safety processes and safety culture.

    In response to the invitation made by ENAIRE/APROCTA, AESA, through a representative of the Commission for the Study and Analysis of Air Transit Incidents (CEANITA), participated in the Workshop “Think Safety”, which analysed the latest developments in terms of incident investigation and fair culture. The seminar, as a “participatory workshop” of all attendees, proved to be a great use for the participants.

    RI and RE triptychs

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has issued recommendations of good practice to prevent and mitigate ramp incursions and departures from aircraft.

    The information leaflets are intended for aerodrome and vehicle operators, air and crew operators and ATS service providers, with the aim of reducing the number of incidents in this field of aviation.

    These compilations of good practices are within the thirteen priority areas of the Operational Safety Action Plan (PASO) which is associated with the State Operational Safety Program (PESO).

    Runway incursion is an event at an aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person in the protected area of an area designated for landing or take-off of an aircraft.

    The Track exit is any event in which an aircraft deviates from its route or exceeds the runway surface, during take-off or landing operations.

    The information leaflets produced by AESA are available on the AESA website and can be downloaded by all interested persons:

    AEMET conference for aeronautical users

    On February 27, 2019, the 2019 Aeronautical Users Forum took place, held at the Central Services of the State Meteorology Agency (AEMET).

    The Forum was presented by various AEMET technicians and as key presentations highlighted the presentation of the Aerodrome Meteorological Guide at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport, a study on shearing at Barcelona Airport, the visualisation of various reports such as AIREP, SIGMET and AIRMET, a study to improve visibility prediction at Tenerife North Airport and finally, the development and improvement of the AMA (Aeronautical Meteorological Self Service). The Forum concluded with a panel discussion in which speakers and all the participants who wished to speak took part.

    For the third consecutive year, AESA has explained at the French Civil Aviation School (ENAC) the implementation of PESO in our country

    For the third consecutive year, staff of the Directorate for Security Assessment and Internal Technical Audit of AESA explained at the National School of French Civil Aviation (ENAC) the process of implementing the State Operational Safety Programme (PESO) and our country’s firm commitment to achieving a high level of operational safety in civil aviation.

    The participation of AESA staff is a response to the invitation of staff from the French DGAC, in charge of the coordination of the State-level operational safety module of the Advanced Master on Safety Management in Aviation organised by ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile).

    Students in this Advanced Master’s Degree come from different countries around the world such as France, Colombia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Mali, Somalia, Macedonia, Congo, Nepal, Serbia, or Moldova, among others, and most of them are personnel of the respective CAAs - aviation authorities - of these countries.

    ENAIRE Security Forum

    ENAIRE, air navigation manager in Spain, gathered representatives of the aeronautical sector at its headquarters in Madrid on 29 and 30 January to celebrate the 8th edition of the Safety Forum in coordination with EUROCONTROL and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The aim of this forum is to advance coordination between actors involved in aviation safety.

    The meeting was attended by representatives of EUROCONTROL, IATA, Aena, airlines (Iberia, Air Europa, Air France, Ryanair, Iberia Express), Colegio Oficial de Pilotos (COPAC), Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (AESA) and the General Staff of the Air (EMA)

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