Annual Safety Regulation Commission Report Identifies Key Areas
In its 2011 annual safety report, the Safety Regulation
Commission (SRC) confirms that Europe has met its safety targets as
set by ECAC for ATM-related accidents. With data for 2010 showing
an increase in the number of incidents reported, which reflects an
improvement in the reporting culture, a number of key safety areas
to improve have been identified.
Among these areas, a critical concern is raised on the lack of
resources and qualified staff at national level dedicated to safety
data collection and analysis. The resourcing of the National
Supervisory Authorities (NSAs) continues to be a crucial factor for
complying with the timelines given for their full range of
activities which keep on increasing in parallel to the new Single
European Sky (SES) legislative developments.
“Whereas States are seen to be performing well in areas
related to the adoption and enactment of European legislation, the
2011 results from the ESIMS Audit Programme (ESARR Implementation
Monitoring and Support) again confirm issues in the areas related
to the implementation of the basic processes for safety
oversight” said Harry Daly, Chairman of the SRC.
The report underlines that the considerable effects of the global
economic downturn have yet to be fully felt in the ATM safety
field. “Widespread budget cuts have been applied in ATM that
can affect the availability of safety resources in the short
term” said Harry Daly, Chairman of the SRC. The report also
adds that additional pressure on operating budgets for both Air
Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and regulators is seen as
inevitable. The industry will be relying on its previous
investments in safety culture, resources and infrastructure to
ensure that safety is allocated to the correct place.
“With the legislative developments in the SES, it becomes
ever more important to ensure that the difficult economic situation
does not have a negative effect on NSAs. Efforts need to be made at
European level to improve the support that is given to NSAs and to
ensure that they have the resources and the training to deliver
their important function.” said Harry Daly, Chairman of the
The Eurocontrol Agency is assessing how best it could provide
support to its Member States.