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Rev 01.05.2024

EASA SAFETY WEEK 2024

EASA Aviation Safety Week 2024

During EASA Safety Week 2024, aviation professionals are reminded of key principles crucial for ensuring safety in aviation operations. One of the fundamental themes emphasized is that safety should not merely be a priority but rather a core value deeply ingrained in every aspect of aviation. This principle underscores the importance of translating safety rhetoric into tangible actions and practices that permeate throughout the industry.

Another focal point of Safety Week is the necessity to proactively address potential risks that may arise during the summer season. By looking ahead and identifying key risks, aviation stakeholders can better prepare themselves to mitigate these challenges effectively. Among the highlighted risks are the manipulation of GNSS signals, which can result in navigation or surveillance degradation, and the management of fatigue among aviation personnel.

Furthermore, Safety Week emphasizes the importance of collaboration and communication across various organizational levels and job functions. It stresses the idea that safety is a collective responsibility that transcends individual roles or organizations. By working closely together, sharing information, and checking understanding, aviation professionals can enhance their situational awareness and collectively contribute to the overall safety culture.

In summary, Safety Week serves as a platform to reinforce essential safety principles, promote proactive risk management, and foster a culture of collaboration and communication within the aviation community. By internalizing these key messages and translating them into actionable strategies, aviation professionals can continue to uphold the highest standards of safety in their operations.

MORE INFO 

EASA Safety Week 2024 | EASA Community (europa.eu) 

EASA published 2024 edition of European Plan for Aviation Safety

European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) 2024

MORE INFO HERE 

EASA help the National Competent Authorities for their assessment of
Safety Management Systems of Part-145 organisations

Webinar on
Safety Management System in Part-145

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MSAT, Management System Assessment Tool

Enhancing Aviation Safety: The EASA Management System Assessment Tool

Aviation safety is a paramount concern, and its effective management is essential to ensure the well-being of all stakeholders involved in aviation operations. One of the critical capabilities required for supporting the effective implementation of safety management is the ability to monitor the effectiveness of an organization's management systems.

Competent authorities play a pivotal role in assessing the effectiveness of management systems as part of their oversight responsibilities. To assist these authorities and organizations in assessing the robustness of their safety management systems, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has developed a valuable resource known as the Management System Assessment tool (MSAT).

A Tool for Oversight and Self-Assessment

The primary purpose of the EASA MSAT is to support authorities in assessing management systems during initial certification and continuing oversight. However, this versatile tool can also be used by organizations to self-assess the effectiveness of their management systems or those of their subcontracted organizations.

A Collaborative Effort for Enhanced Safety

The MSAT tool is the result of collaboration between subject matter experts from the aviation industry and competent authorities. This collaboration was initiated under a mandate from the EASA Regulatory Advisory Group, now known as the Member States Advisory Body.

Keeping Up with Evolving Safety Standards

In 2023, the MSAT tool underwent a significant update. This update considered valuable feedback from users, lessons learned, and the latest versions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 19 and the ICAO Safety Management Manual (Doc 9859). It also incorporated the safety management requirements introduced in the European Union for Part-CAMO, Part-145, and Part 21 rules.

The new version of the tool also recognizes the importance of linking safety management activities at both the State level and the organization's level, where applicable. It takes into account the dynamic nature of safety management in an ever-changing aviation landscape.

A Shift from Compliance to Performance

A key objective of the MSAT tool is to ensure that all the enablers required for the successful implementation of a management system are in place. It evaluates whether the management system operates efficiently and effectively as expected.

Crucially, the tool is not a mere compliance checklist. Instead, it serves as a flexible aid-memoir to assess an organization's capability and performance level. Users of the tool are encouraged to focus on:

Towards Performance-Based Oversight

Assessment results generated by the MSAT tool are intended to inform performance-based oversight activities. Competent authorities can use these results to adjust their oversight planning cycles based on an organization's safety management maturity. Compliance with regulatory requirements is not the sole indicator of safety; the tool emphasizes the distinction between compliance and performance.

Ultimately, the EASA Management System Assessment tool promotes a standardized approach to management system assessment and continuous improvement of Safety Management Systems (SMS) across various aviation domains. By using this tool, aviation stakeholders can work together to enhance safety and move beyond mere compliance to achieve a higher level of performance-based safety management.

MORE DETAILS : Management System Assessment Tool | EASA (europa.eu) 

ASR 2023

The analysis presented in this review provides the most important aviation safety statistics for Europe in 2022 and a comparison with the past. It is also the data-driven input that supports the European Safety Risk Management (SRM) process and, hence, the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS).

The core document of the ASR provides both a statistical summary of aviation safety in the EASA Member States (MS) and identifies the most important safety challenges faced by European aviation today, outlining the safety risks per aviation and operational domain.

The ASR drives the identification of safety issues, which are further assessed and prioritised using the e xperience of EASA Member States and the aviation industry to connect the data with the current and future strategic priorities of the Agency and the safety priorities contained in the EPAS. This work is a part of the SRM and benefits from the valuable inputs from the Network of aviation safety Analysts (NoA) and Collaborative Analysis Groups (CAGs).

The safety issues that have been identified from occurrence data are provided in the ASR appendices for the different aviation domains presented in this edition and build upon the work of previous years. For aerodromes and groundhandling, the safety risk portfolio is undergoing a major review. 

Thus for this year, instead of providing the list of safety issues identified from occurrence data, the appendix for that domain shows the detailed distribution of the type of operational safety events.

MORE DETAILS : Annual Safety Review 2023 | EASA (europa.eu) 

Together4Safety is a collaborative safety promotion initiative developed by EASA to provide you lots of useful safety resources. This is for the Air Ops Community and will grow to cover also information for Airports, Ground Handling, Maintenance, ATM, Rotorcraft and General Aviation
They are here to support us with the information we need. They want to start discussions on important topics and create a collaborative safety community.
Email to the team on safetypromotion@easa.europa.eu 

John Franklin 

from the EASA Safety Promotion Team talks about Occurrence Reporting with Pascal Kremer

John Franklin 

from the EASA Safety Promotion Team, talks to Conor Nolan the Director of Safety and Security from Aer Lingus about what safety means to him 

John Franklin 

from the EASA Safety Promotion Team talks to the CAT Air Ops Domain Safety Risk Manager, Aigars Krastins, about the EASA Annual Safety Review. 

John Franklin 

from the EASA Safety Promotion Team, talks of Maintenance Check Flights with Donal Young. Want to learn all about the risks of maintenance check flights and other activities outside your normal, day-to--day operation? This podcast with Donal Young from Technical Flight Solutions will hopefully de-mystify this important topic. 

European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) 2023-2025

The EPAS reference period is reduced to 3 years (2023-2025) 

The strategic priorities and objectives are to remain stable throughout the reference period. Considering the current uncertainties and highly volatile economic and geopolitical context affecting the aviation industry, an intermediate review may be performed as deemed  necessary. EPAS Volume II with all actions and Volume III providing the safety risk portfolios will continue to be reviewed and updated annually, in line with the established action planning and safety risk management cycles, thereby ensuring compliance with the EASA Basic Regulation.

Within ‘systemic safety & resilience’, the strategic priority ‘integrated risk management’ is further substantiated by addressing a broader set of risks that have the potential to adversely impact aviation safety. 

This strategic  priority now labelled ‘manage risk interdependencies’ aims at fostering capabilities to effectively identify and manage interdependent risks, by allowing better visibility on and enhancing the understanding of such risks to define the most effective strategy to cope with those interdependencies. 

Within this priority two new strategic goals are included: 

ANNUAL SAFETY REVIEW

EPAS

The European Plan for Aviation Safety

At European Level, one of the most important documents in aviation is the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS). This document is the regional aviation safety plan for the EASA Member States. It sets out the strategic priorities and enablers. It also highlights the main risks affecting the European aviation system and the necessary actions to mitigate them and improve aviation safety.  

The 12th edition of EPAS has now been published with the 2023-2025 Edition

The EPAS covers a 3 year period and is constantly being reviewed and improved, and is updated on a yearly basis. The plan is an integral part of EASA’s work programme and is developed by EASA in close consultation with the EASA Member States and industry. 

The main objective of EPAS is to further improve aviation safety and environmental protection throughout Europe. At the same time it seeks to ensure a level playing field, as well as efficiency/proportionality in regulatory processes. 

The EPAS is based on a solid foundation of data and risk analysis. 

The European Safety Risk Management (SRM) process is a key part of the EPAS development. More particularly for the systemic and operational priorities.

MORE INFO here:
The European Plan for Aviation Safety | EASA Community (europa.eu) 

EASA SMS Guide in PART 145

GUIDE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH PART-145
AS AMENDED BY EU Regulation 2021/1963 Revision June 2022

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Regulation (EU) 2021/1963 amending Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 introduces new requirements as of 02 December 2022 for organisations certified pursuant Part-145. 

This guide offers the view of EASA on the transition of existing Part-145 organisations and competent authorities to the new requirements, based on the Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 as amended by Regulation (EU) 2021/1963. 

This is not binding material. EASA reminds that this transition process will be under the oversight of the competent authority and that any particular case or situation should be discussed and agreed with the competent authority.