First semester 2021


     New Corporate Image and Logo of the Program

    The State Aviation Safety Program (PESO) premiered in April a new corporate image and logo independent of public bodies linked to the Program.

    As part of the review process of the Programme, the need for the PESO to have an independent image of the public bodies linked to the Programme had been identified.

    In 2020, a competition was launched among the workers of the State Aviation Safety Agency, and extended to the other public bodies linked to the Programme.

    11 proposals were received and evaluated in the coordination committee of the PESO, resulting in finalists two of them:

    The proposal chosen as a logo has been designed by María Sánchez Fernández, who worked as an advisory member in the General Directorate of Civil Aviation. The proposal chosen as an image has been designed by Óscar Muñoz Martínez, who works in the Coordination of Safety Assessment of Desati, at the State Aviation Safety Agency.


    The updated documents that make up the programme: updated PESO Consolidated Document with the new provisions of the Council of Ministers agreement of 15 December 2020, and Operational Safety Action Plans (PASO), as well as the internal documents, incorporate both designs and new format.

    See here the unified document of the PESO


     AESA forwards to the Secretariat of State the report of the PESO 2020

    One more year, AESA, in compliance with Article 11.5 of Law 21/2003 on Aviation Safety, has submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda the annual report of the State Operational Safety Programme (PESO).

    The report summarises the degree of implementation and implementation of the Programme during 2020 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.

    As regards the degree of implementation of the actions planned under the Programme, 62 % of the actions foreseen in the Programme have been completed, below the 75 % target originally defined.

    Many of the deferred or partially completed actions were replaced by other activities not covered by the plan and which had to be prioritised to minimise the impact on aviation safety of the COVID-19 crisis in the aviation sector. Considering the actions that have been carried out during 2020 under the 2019-2021 PASO and the additional actions taken to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, the percentage of actions carried out reaches 75 %.

    On the other hand, as reported in the bulletin of the second half of 2020, the Council of Ministers approved on 15 December, at the initiative of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, the amendment of the State Operational Safety Programme (PESO) for Civil Aviation, with the aim of strengthening aviation safety by strengthening collaboration between all the agencies involved and the consolidation of the Security Policy and the objectives in which it is developed.

    The approved Agreement amends the above objectives in order to adapt them to the maturity of the Programme and the 2020 report will therefore be the last to reflect the implementation and implementation of the Programme in relation to the previous objectives, given that the new ones have been applicable since 2021.


     Protocol between the Air Force General Staff and AESA

    A protocol has been signed between the General Staff of the Air Force and AESA, which implements the fourth additional provision of Royal Decree 1088/2020 of 9 December 2020 supplementing the regime applicable to the reporting of civil aviation occurrences.

    The purpose of the protocol is to establish cooperation procedures between the two organisations for the analysis of civil aviation events involving military aircraft, airport and air navigation systems and national defence services, activities and facilities, as well as their personnel.


     Meetings of the General Aviation and Sport Working Group

    On 24 February AESA convened a meeting of the General Aviation Working Group (GTAG), composed of the main organisations in the sector, with the aim of enhancing collaboration with the sector and presenting the status of regulatory projects in relation to general aviation.

    In addition, on 23 June, a new meeting of the General Aviation and Sport Working Group was held in which the draft Ministerial Order on Airworthiness was presented, as well as the draft Royal Decree of Annex I aircraft and explained the working methodology to be followed in relation to the latter point.

    The drafts are currently under review in the sub-working groups set up for this purpose in close collaboration with industry organisations and associations.


     OACI audit of Spain on its system of assistance to victims of aviation accidents and their families.

    On 22 and 23 June 2021, within the framework of the USOAP Programme, ICAO carried out an audit of its system of assistance to victims of aviation accidents.

    This was the first time that OACI carried out a completely virtual audit of a State and involved experts from AESA, OAV and DGAC.

    During the audit, OACI verified Spain’s ability to deal with victims in the event of an air accident, auditing the complete system: from basic implementing rules, to procedures and requirements related to airports and airlines, to coordination between all actors.

    The result of the audit was very positive as OACI moved to the Spanish team its intention to qualify as satisfactory this question of protocol of the USOAP Program.

    With the result of the audit, Spain improves its effective implementation rate (IS) and becomes the first country in the world with a system of victim assistance audited by OACI with satisfactory results. For this reason, the OACI has asked Spain to show our system to the other countries, to put it as an example of good practices.


     Publication of EASA guidance material to support the implementation of the SSP by States

    EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) has published guidance material on the Acceptable Level of Safety Performance (ALoSP), safety performance management and safety assurance.

    European states that have embarked on the implementation of the State Operational Safety Program (SSP) have faced the challenge of implementing the Acceptable Level of Safety Performance (ALoSP). In addition, in Europe, the context should in turn consider the general objectives set out in the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) resulting from Regulation (EU) 1139/2018, which sets a level of safety performance to be achieved at Union level.

    This document therefore provides guidance on the acceptable level of safety performance and its implementation at national level within the European context. It is primarily addressed to member states, but deepens the relationship between the state and the organisations, in order to achieve the defined security objectives in a collaborative manner. Greater clarity is provided on the concept of safety performance management (SPM) and safety assurance, in particular on how it should be implemented in practice at the state and organizational levels.

    EASA has prepared the document with the collaboration of some Member States, including Spain through AESA.

    The document can be found on the EASA website:

    Acceptable Level of Safety Performance (AloSP) | EASA (


     Prevention of airspace infringements

    The Working Party of the European Action Plan for Airspace Infringement Risk Reduction (EAPAIRR), to which the State Aviation Safety Agency (ESA) belongs, has produced an informative video for general aviation users on how to prevent airspace infringements and the importance of updating aeronautical information.

    This group was set up with the aim of revising the 2010 European Action Plan for Airspace Infringement Risk Reduction and working on a new renewed version covering the period 2020-2030.

    The video, which is available on Skybrary’s website, is aimed primarily at general aviation pilots and aeroclubs, and emphasises the importance of proper flight preparation, updating both GPS charts and databases.

    The video can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish, in which AESA has collaborated. To use them you have to select it in the settings of the video.


    Participation in key international safety management forums

    During this semester, Spain has participated in the main forums dedicated to safety management. Thus, among others:

    • Between 27 January and 8 February and 14 and 18 June respectively, the 5th and 6th Working Group Meeting of the OACI Panel on Annex 19 Operational Safety Management took place virtually. Work is already under way on the following amendment to Annex 19.
    • EASA SM-TEB (Safety Management-Technical Body) group met telematically on 4 May. Topics discussed include the acceptable level of safety performance (ALoSP) or safety issues arising from COVID-19.
    • Meetings of the Steering Board of the European Data4Safety programme were held on 18 February and 21 April, which aims to collect and collect all data that can support the management of safety risks at European level. The programme, in which EASA has been involved since its inception, has entered the last year of the “Proof of Concept” phase and is preparing for the transition to the operational phase in 2022.
    • The Network of European Analysts (NoA) and its sub-working groups have held numerous telematic meetings during this period. In particular, the plenary meeting took place on 3 and 4 March with a follow-up meeting on 24 June. During this period, a new AVSEC subgroup has been established to support the integrated approach to risk management with a safety and security component. This subgroup joins existing data quality and taxonomy, UAS, exposure data and safety indicators. A new subgroup for the implementation and development of the European Risk Classification Scheme (ERCS) will be set up shortly.
    • The ECCAIRS 2 project of the European Commission and EASA continues its development and the ECCAIRS Steering Board (ESB) has stepped up its pace of work to drive the project forward. These changes are for the most part transparent for users, so their relationship with the EASA SNS has not been changed.
    • The European Action Plan for Airspace Infringement Risk Reduction Working Group continues to work on updating the Action Plan to prevent airspace infringements. Its participants have continued to cooperate actively during these months.
    • From 8 to 10 June the SAFE conference of EASA was held and from 21 to 24 June the “Safety Ramp-Up Week”.


     Working Group Airspace Infringements Committed by VFR

    Last April, the AESA Internal Working Group set up to address airspace infringements committed by VFR flights presented a summary of the work done and the conclusions reached.

    In addition, the group proposes, as a follow-up to these conclusions, a series of additional actions to those already contained in the PASO and the European Plan for Aviation Safety, which are part of a safety monitoring and promotion campaign with a subsequent assessment of their effectiveness through the measurement of the performance of the actions promoted. The new actions will be incorporated into the active action plans.


     EASA publishes guide on bird and fauna control in aviation in collaboration with AESA

    Last May, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in collaboration with the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) published the Guide to the Control of Birds and Fauna in Aviation, which sets out guidelines and recommendations for aviation authorities, aerodromes and airlines to take measures that can facilitate the restarting of operations after Covid-19 safely by reducing the impact of birds on the airport environment.

    Download guide


     Approved modification of PISO operational safety indicators

    Last February, the new safety indicators approved by the State Agency for Aviation Safety (AESA) were published in the Official State Gazette and included in the Operational Safety Indicators Portal (PISO).

    Piso is a primary source of data for the analysis and management of the safety of airlines, which has been used for more than 10 years, and which was integrated into the State Program of Operational Safety (PESO) after its implementation.

    In the process of evaluation and continuous improvement of the programme, it has been observed that some of these indicators are not suitable for the management and analysis of operational safety at the present time, and some modifications are necessary.

    Examples of these new indicators, reported on a monthly basis and by fleet, are the number of flights analysed by FDM, extensions of required delays, repetitive defects identified, technical cancellations, operational deviations, etc.

    The resolution amending the indicators can be found here:


     II Telematics Disclosures on European drone regulations

    On 2, 3 and 4 February, the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) held the II Disclosure Days on the New European Drones Regulations, for the users in general, operators authorised in accordance with previous national legislation and Security Forces and Corps, with the aim of improving security and publicising the new standard that has been applicable since 31 December 2020.


    Dissolution of the Commission for the Study and Analysis of Notifications of Air Transit Incidents (CEANITA)

    The Committee on the Study and Analysis of Notifications of Air Transit Incidents (CEANITA) held its last plenary session on 19 January, since the adoption of Royal Decree 1088/2020, which completes the regime applicable to the reporting of civil aviation occurrences in line with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 376/2014, includes the abolition of this Commission by repealing its constituent rule, Order PRE/697/2012.

    Since 1980, the Commission for the Study and Analysis of Notifications of Air Transit Incidents, with different names, had been operating as a stable working group for the aeronautical authorities, carrying out studies, formulating proposals for action to the administrative bodies responsible for air navigation and publishing an annual report containing statistics of reported occurrences and analysing the risk they pose to air safety.

    This same newsletter contains two news about the mechanisms to articulate the cooperation of aeronautical organisations and professionals in the analysis of events that the State Aviation Safety Agency has authorised to replace CEANITA.

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