Second semester 2019


    Approved the Civil Aviation Operational Safety Action Plan 2019-2021

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has approved the Operational Safety Action Plan (PASO) 2019-2021, through a Resolution of Director Isabel Maestre, which aims to achieve the maximum development of the State Operational Safety Programme (PESO) for Civil Aviation, with the aim of strengthening aviation safety by adopting a new preventive approach in this area.

    The PASO has been developed by the Agency in collaboration with the suppliers and the other public bodies involved, in order to achieve the safety objectives set out in the PESO. The plan describes the activities of both the public bodies responsible for oversight and control of safety, the providers of aeronautical services and products and the other public bodies that are part of the PESO, aimed at improving operational safety in those areas identified as priorities.

    The PESO provides an integrated view of the entire Spanish civil aviation sector, allows the identification and assessment of safety risks, as well as taking decisions to keep risks under control. In addition, it networks all actors in the civil aviation system, taking advantage of synergies between them. The PASO includes the specific tasks to be developed, its targets and indicators.

    The Plan is consistent with the European Aviation Safety Plan (EPAS) 2019-2023, as required by Regulation EU 2018/1139 of 4 July 2018 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency. In addition, both the Plan and the Programme are in conformity with Annex 19 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

    The PASO can be consulted through the following link:


    Evaluation of ICAO to the PESO

    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has carried out an evaluation of the implementation of the State Operational Safety Programme (PESO), coordinated in Spain by AESA. This evaluation was carried out between 4 and 14 November.

    The scope of the activity has included different areas: general, data analysis, operations, aerodromes and accident investigation.

    Spain has volunteered for this process as mandatory ICAO audits of individual states in this area will not start until 2021.
    ICAO will send its report within 90 days of the completion of the evaluation and contain a section of achievements and opportunities for improvement.

    At its closing meeting, ICAO highlighted the fact that Spain had understood the concept of the Programme as a state system from the outset and how it has underpinned its implementation through high-level regulations.

    Publication of the AESA Safety Assessment Report 2018

    AESA has published the previous year’s Safety Assessment Report, 2018.

    The Safety Assessment Report is one of the tools for promoting and disseminating information related to the safety of civil aviation of AESA.

    In addition to this instrument, AESA continues to publish on its website, within the framework of the State Operational Safety Programme (PESO), newsletters of information, guidance material, recommendations, directives, triptychs and reports related to the activity carried out by different units of the Agency.

    The promotion is one of the four components of the State Operational Safety Program, along with the state safety policy, objectives and resources, state risk management and state safety assurance.

    The 2018 security memory can be found at the following link:


    Publication of the CEANITA 2018 report

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has published the Annual Report of the Commission for the Study and Analysis of Notifications of Air Transit Incidents (CEANITA) for the year 2018.

    CEANITA, an interministerial collegiate body whose operating rules are laid down in Order PRE/697/2012 of 2 April 2012, aims to provide advice and collaboration to the State Aviation Safety Agency and the Air Force General Staff of the Ministry of Defence for the prevention of air traffic incidents and accidents. To this end, CEANITA studies and analyses such incidents and, where appropriate, proposes safety recommendations, thereby contributing to the improvement of air navigation safety.

    This report contains a summary of the activity of CEANITA corresponding to the study of those Air Transit Incidents (ITA) that occurred during 2018 that have been analysed by this body, due to the assessment of the associated risk carried out by desati. In addition to the Commission’s activity, the statistical analyses carried out on the basis of the available data and the resulting actions are included. The CEANITA plenary made 353 recommendations related to the 125 incidents analysed for the year 2018.

    The document is accessible via the following link:


    CIAIAC publishes its annual report 2018

    The Commission for the Investigation of Accidents and Incidents of Civil Aviation (CIAIAC) has presented its ninth annual report to the Ministry of Public Works and to the competent committees of the Congress of Deputies and the Senate, thus complying with the various applicable regulations, which make it compulsory to draw up a full report on the activities carried out by the Commission.

    The report includes accident statistics and reflects the research activities as well as other activities carried out by CIAIAC during 2018:

    Publication of the CIAIAC-ULM report 2018

    The document, published by CIAIAC, as described in its executive summary, aims to provide an overview of the operational constraints related to the activity of ultralight powered aircraft in the financial year 2018, based on the information available on 31 March 2019 and the assessments envisaged at that time. The report is structured in the following sections:

    • Safety recommendations derived from the investigation of ULM events.
    • ULM accident data in 2018.
    • Investigation activities relating to ULM events that occurred during 2018 or in previous years.

    The full document can be accessed through the following link:

    North Atlantic Safety Oversight Group (NATSOG) meeting in Spain

    AESA, in collaboration with ENAIRE, hosted the 21st meeting of the NAT Safety Oversight Group (NAT SOG) at Zurbano Palace in Madrid from 11 to 13 December 2019.

    NAT SOG is the ICAO group responsible for safety oversight in the North Atlantic region (NAT): reviewing the system’s operational safety performance, sharing data on events and ensuring that they are analysed to determine the root cause, supporting the development of best practices, maintaining and proposing revisions of Key Operational Safety Performance Indicators, identifying risk areas and evaluating the mitigation measures implemented, monitoring safety assessments associated with the implementation of changes in the air navigation system of the NAT region, etc.

    Among the topics discussed at the meeting the main interest of Spain was those relating to the safety oversight of the South East Corner, a sector collateral to Spanish airspace (EGGX-LECM); and, in particular, the implementation of ATS surveillance and VHF communications in the Shanwick Ocean Control.

    The next meeting will be held in Paris, France from 2 to 5 June 2020

    I National Forum on Track Safety October

    Within the framework established in the State Operational Safety Programme, the creation of a National Forum on Track Safety has been taken as an action by AESA with the main purpose of listening to the Spanish aeronautical sector in the field of road safety.

    The objectives of this meeting place are essentially to publicise those aspects that the sector identifies as relevant in terms of operational safety, to promote the “good practices” implemented by the sector, to design a National Track Safety Program geared to the needs of the sector, to disseminate aspects of interest such as regulatory, technological and organisational changes... and to promote the relationship and cooperation between the different parts of the track operation.

    This 1st Forum, held on 23 October, was attended by many organisations in the aeronautical field; airport managers, air navigation service providers, airlines, pilots, pilot associations and air controllers, as well as the Air Staff.

    Publication of the triptych dedicated to “Flight Approval and Health”

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has published an information booklet "Flight and Health Approval: Tips and Guidelines to Follow" which aims to set limits to the most frequent health risks and facilitate the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and thus ensure the flight fitness of flight personnel and air traffic controllers.

    AESA considers that the good health of flight personnel has a positive impact on safety and passenger confidence in air transport and generates a conviction on the part of crew and controllers that their health is a fundamental pillar of AESA’s objectives.

    This triptych wants to be a simple guide, easy to use and clear in its concepts and contents. The aim is to set limits to the most frequent health risks and facilitate the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and thus ensure your flight fitness.

    The physical fitness for the flight is determined by the objective finding of the crew member’s adequate state of health or ATCO in order to exercise the privileges inherent in the aeronautical licence applied for. In Europe and under the umbrella of EASA this is assessed in accordance with European Regulation 1178/2011 (Tripulants) and 340/2015 (ATCO’s).

    Medicine especially values the preventive aspects and the management of the individual’s health condition to prevent it from becoming a patient in the generic concept of personalised medicine. The crew member and ATCO should not only be a healthy person, but must prove it periodically. Hence the importance, and special significance, which in the aeronautical environment has the follow-up of measures that ensure and mitigate risks and promote behaviors and habits that facilitate health, well-being and therefore a prolonged aeronautical race.

    The document can be found at this link.


    Participation in key international safety fora

    • European Aviation Systems Planning Group (

      EASPG) Spain attended the first meeting of the EASPG (European Aviation Systems Planning Group) from 2 to 6 December 2019 at ICAO’s EUR/NAT region in Paris. The group will promote the activities previously carried out by the EANPG (European Aviation Navigation Planning Group) and the RASG (Regional Aviation Safety Group). The meeting was attended by 129 participants from 40 states and 10 international organisations. The meetings of the group shall be annual.

      The objectives of the group are to: ensure that the plans and actions developed in the EUR region are consistent and compatible with those of adjacent regions and with ICAO comprehensive safety and air navigation plans; monitor developments in the implementation of GANP (Global Air Navigation Plan) and GASP (Global Aviation Safety Plan) and report it to the ICAO Council; manage and coordinate the implementation of the EUR RASP (EUR ICAO Aviation Safety Plan), EUR eANP (Air Navigation Plan for the European Region), Regional Supplementary Procedures (Doc 7030) and other documentation; promote and facilitate the harmonisation and coordination of air navigation and safety in the EUR sub-region; etc.
    • European Action Plan for Airspace Infringement Risk Reduction (

      EAPAIRR) The launch meeting of EAPAIRR, European Action Plan for Airspace Infringement Risk Reduction (EAPAIRR) was held in September in Brussels and the second meeting in November in Langen, Germany.

      The objective of this group, which will meet bimonthly, is to develop a new action plan for the reduction of airspace infringements, amending the previous action plan launched in 2009, taking into account all the changes in the airspace structure since then, as well as its flexible use, technological development, increased traffic in both commercial and general aviation, the evolution of Flight Information Service...etc.

      Both meetings have revised actions proposed in the previous action plan, with the aim of assessing changes or introducing new developments.
    • ECCAIRS Steering Board (ESB) and ECCAIRS Steering Committee (ESC)

      Two meetings of the ECCAIRS Steering Board and one of the ECCAIRS Steering Committee took place in the second half of 2019.

      The mission of the ESC (ECCAIRS Steering Committee) is to guide and support the development of ECCAIRS (European Coordination Centre for Accident and Incident Reporting Systems) in order to continue to help improve aviation safety and achieve the objectives of occurrence reporting and investigation of accidents and incidents in civil aviation.

      The mission of the ESB (ECCAIRS Steering Board) is to ensure strong collaboration and systematic interaction between Member States, the European Commission and EASA between ESC meetings. To do this, it focuses on the needs of the community, while allowing for greater participation of Member States and greater support for the legal requirements of the regulation.

      These meetings focused mainly on the evolution of the ECCAIRS reporting system, due to the material start of the development of the ECCAIRS 2.0 platform (E2). This new system, supported by ICAO, will replace in 2020 the current system used by the European civil aviation and accident investigation authorities.

      The process opened by the European Commission for the evaluation of Regulation (EU) 376/2014 on the reporting of civil aviation occurrences was also present.
    • Network of Aviation Safety Analysts (NoA)

      The second meeting in 2019 of the NoA (Network of Aviation Safety Analysts) took place in October.

      The main objectives of the Analyst Network are to establish a coordinated network of information exchange between Member States’ reporting systems to identify possible safety issues and key risk areas in the European Union, to conduct analysis and monitoring at Union level to ensure better prevention of accidents and incidents in aviation and to support the European Aviation Safety Programme and the European Aviation Safety Plan.

      This edition has focused on four main pillars:
      • Redefining the role of the NoA within EASA’s collaborative group structure.
      • Definition of safety indicators at European level based on the European Central Repository of occurrences, obtaining useful exposure factors for analysis and obtaining general aviation data.
      • Emerging safety issues at European level.
      • Tools and tools for analysis
    • Participation in Data4Safety

      AESA has participated in the meetings of the Technical Board and Steering Board of the European Data4Safety project, led by EASA.

      These meetings, held in October and November 2019 respectively, discussed, inter alia, the state of development of the project, the next steps and challenges to be addressed in the project and the extension of the programme to new members.

      AESA is a founding member of this collaboration programme initiated by EASA together with DGAC France, the UK CAA, IAA Ireland, Airbus, Boeing, Iberia, Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways, Lufthansa and the European Cockpit Association (ECA).

      Data4Safety is a program for the capture and analysis of data from various sources (events, FDRs, meteorology, ATS surveillance data, etc.) to support the common objective of achieving the highest level of safety and environmental protection of the European aviation system.
    • Participation in the seminar “ICAO Aviation Data and Analysis Workshop & Seminar”

      AESA participated in the “ICAO Aviation Data and Analysis Workshop & Seminar” organised by the ADAP (Aviation and Data Analisys Panel) held in Istanbul in July 2019.

      The seminar was attended by both public bodies and private entities, and a number of tools were presented, many for data visualisation/presentation, while others rely on the application of advanced machine learning/artificial intelligence techniques.
      intelligence techniques are being implemented, with great results, in all areas of society, so their implementation in the area of safety is also desirable. In order to successfully implement these techniques, it is essential that the staff have adequate training and that access to data is secure, fast and fluid for analysts, since much of the work is the pre-processing (preparation and cleaning) of data, for later use in artificial intelligence algorithms.

      The seminar organised by the Aviation and Data Analisys Panel presented a series of tools including:

    III Forum on Operational Safety in Land Assistance

    Last October, the third edition of the Forum on Safety in Land Assistance, promoted by the State Aviation Safety Agency, was held at Barajas Airport, fulfilling one of the actions proposed in the Operational Safety Action Plan (PASO) framed by the PESO.

    This new edition meets the objectives set by AESA for the improvement of operational safety, strengthening the framework of cooperation with industry (ground agents and airport managers) allowing communication between all participants and better mutual knowledge.

    During the day, AESA presented the degree of compliance, measures and results of the actions proposed at the previous Forums, as well as the degree of implementation of Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on the reporting of occurrences in civil aviation, in the field of Land Assistance in Spain.

    The participants were also briefed on ICAO’s normative work and progress at European level with regard to operational safety standards for ground handling. In addition, progress has been made in developing the new European implementing regulation that develops the essential requirements set out in the basic regulation, explaining the “Concept Papers” (Management, Training, Maintenance of Groundhandling Equipment, Operational Standards and Monitoring) and the roadmap established in Europe. To conclude the Forum, different working groups have been set up among the participants to gather the views and concerns of the sector with a view to transferring them to the expert group that will develop the rules of procedure.

    This forum is held every two years. The information is available at:


    Safeclouds project closure meeting

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) hosted the final consortium meeting of the European SafeClouds project on 30 September, putting an end to a 36-month work. Isabel Maestre Moreno, Director of the Agency, who opened the meeting, in her speech emphasised the high participation of the Spanish sector in this project, encouraging the Spanish industry to bet on R & D in the field of aviation.

    SafeClouds is a project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to improve the level of security by integrating data from various sources: FDM, radar, weather, CPR, ADS-B...

    The project focused on 4 case studies: runway output time to maximise capacity, CFIT, destabilised approaches and airprox.

    The group of companies that have participated in the project (consortium) involves multiple actors in aviation and has been led and coordinated by the Spanish company Innaxis. In particular, the participating companies have been:

    • 5 air operators (AirEuropa, Iberia, Norwegian, Pegasus and Vueling)
    • 3 air navigation service providers (ENAIRE-CRIDA, LFV and Austrocontrol)
    • Eurocontrol
    • 2 authorities (EASA and AESA).
    • 5 research centres (CRIDA, Linköping University, TU Delft, TU Munich, Fraunhofer ITWM).
    • TADOREA.

    Following this meeting, on 12 October, members of the European Commission and an independent industry expert audited the project in Brussels, congratulating all participants on the work done.

    AESA approves the General Plan for Aviation and Animals

    The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has approved the General Plan for Aviation and Fauna, which sets out the strategy to be followed at the national level and defines the main lines of action on which to work to minimise the risk of interaction of wildlife with aviation, and in which the whole sector has participated, both public bodies and private institutions or entities.

    The interaction between fauna and aviation depends on the type and volume of air traffic, on the fauna present in the environment, on habitat and land use in the vicinity of aerodromes, on migratory species that at certain times of the year may interact with aircraft trajectories, especially if they travel at low altitudes, especially during the approach and landing or take-off and ascent phases, or in the cruising phase for other aircraft (general or military aviation) whose flight at a lower level than commercial means that the possibility of confluence with the flight of some birds, like large planners, increase and can lead to collisions with serious consequences.

    This situation requires a preventive approach and an integrated implementation of different measures and actions to reduce this risk, both at the aerodrome and its surroundings and in the rest of the national territory. For this reason, the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) held the 1st National Aviation and Fauna Forum, whose main objective was to promote the relationship and coordination between the sectors involved and interested in the risk generated by wildlife in aviation, the result is this General Plan, which defines the strategic objectives whose purpose is to provide guidelines or guidelines for action aimed at mitigating the problem of fauna in aviation.

    Among these objectives is to develop new legislation; improve awareness and awareness of the danger of certain wildlife to aviation; generate, disseminate and exchange information on risk management; promote collaboration and coordination of the aviation and environmental sectors; promote good practices in order to reduce the risk of wildlife collisions with aircraft, and promote research and development of effective procedures, methods and technologies to reduce wildlife hazards to aviation safety.

    The Plan also defines the main lines of action to be followed, including the promotion of research and the development of effective procedures, methods and technologies to reduce wildlife hazards to aviation safety; the creation of Specific Working Groups on specific wildlife issues and collaboration between external authorities, entities and individuals to coordinate mitigation measures.

    All these objectives are to be achieved within a sustainable environment compatible with the environment, always providing a high level of safety and taking into account the development of the aeronautical sector in Spain.


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