First meeting of Directors of the ICAO Aviation Security Training Centres (ASTCs) in the European and North Atlantic Regions
Paris (France) 3 and 4 December 2013 - On 3 and 4 December 2013 the directors of the eight Aviation Security Training Centres (ASTCs) located in the EUR and NAT regions conducted their first regional meeting in Paris. A growing amount of ASTCs and the diversity of centres in the EUR/NAT regions teaching ICAO AVSEC courses in English, French and Russian language require excellent coordination. The creation of a regional Directors’ meeting is meant to support cooperation in the Region and to prepare a coordinated input to the yearly global ASTC Directors’ meeting. Professor Galina Suslova from the National Aviation University in Kyiv was elected as chairlady and led this first meeting successfully. A catalogue of joint conclusions was developed and will be provided as EUR/NAT input to ICAO HQ for the preparation of the global ASTC Directors meeting.
European (EUR) Region Civil/Military Cooperation Seminar/Workshop
Kyiv (Ukraine), 28 – 31 October 2013 - As part of the global ICAO campaign, a civil/military cooperation seminar/workshop was convened in partnership with the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), the International Transport Association (IATA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the ICAO Training Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine.
EUR/NAT Aviation Security Group (ENAVSECG) conducted its second meeting hosted by Kazakhstan in Astana
Astana (Kazakhstan), 4-6 September 2013 - Following the kind invitation from Kazakhstan the EUR/NAT Aviation Security Group’s (ENAVSECG) second meeting was held in Astana from 4 to 6 September 2013. 56 participants representing 12 States, 4 International/Regional Organizations and 5 Aviation Security Training Centers from the EUR/NAT regions attended the meeting.
Opening of a new ICAO Aviation Security Training Centre (ASTC) in Almaty /Kazakhstan
Almaty (Kazakhstan), 3 September 2013 – In presence of the Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Azat Bekturov, from the Republic of Kazakhstan, a new ICAO Aviation Security Training Centre (ASTC) was opened in Almaty, Kazakhstan, by the Regional Director from the ICAO EUR/NAT Office, Mr. Luis Fonseca de Almeida. The Civil Aviation Academy (CAA) in Almaty fulfills all ICAO requirements for an ASTC and received its endorsement in August 2013. During the official opening ceremony of the Training Centre, the CAA Almaty was welcomed into the global ASTC family and the ICAO flag was proudly raised.
IE-REST/01: safety experts start work to develop aviation safety initiatives in areas of eur region not covered by EU/EASA regulatory framework
Moscow (Russian Federation), 11 June 2013 – The first meeting of the ICAO EUR Regional Expert Safety Team (IE-REST/01) was held in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 10 to 11 June 2013. 51 participants, from 17 States and 6 International/Regional Organizations, attended the meeting, which was hosted by the Interstate Aviation Committee. Mr. Vladimir Gorbunov (Airbus) and Mr. Dan Stratan (Republic of Moldova) were unanimously elected as IE-REST Co-Chairmen.
IFAIMA Global AIM 2013 & ICAO EUR/MID AIM/SWIM Seminar held in Istanbul to address planning and implementation issues related to the transition from AIS to AIM as well as AIM/SWIM challenges and opportunities.
Istanbul (Turkey), 14-17 May 2013 – 289 participants from 53 States, five International Organizations and 17 Industry Exhibitors attended the IFAIMA Global AIM 2013 & ICAO EUR/MID AIM/SWIM Seminar which was jointly organized by IFAIMA, ICAO and EUROCONTROL and hosted by the Turkish Air Navigation Service Provider (DHMI) and the Turkish AIM Association (TAIMA). It was moderated by Mr. Michael Hohm, Technical Officer – Aeronautical Information Management, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO HQ and supported by Mr. Mohamed Smaoui, Regional Officer, Air Navigation Services/Aeronautical Information Management, ICAO MID Office.
Tashkent (Uzbekistan), 26 April 2013 – Upon request of several ICAO Member States in the Eastern part of the EUR region, two regional officers from the ICAO EUR/NAT regional office held an AVSEC seminar in Tashkent from 15 to 17 April 2013. 21 AVSEC experts from 5 different States (Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) attended the seminar. Topics were chosen to follow up on the ICAO High Level Security Conference (September 2012) and recent developments in the past 6 months. The seminar aimed to provide States with a better understanding of the decisions and the respective implementation action expected from States.
We are currently accepting applications for positions under the Young Aviation Professionals Programme, recently established through a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI). The selected Young Aviation Professional Officers will be given the opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding of regulatory activities and of the airline and airport industries.
RASG-EUR/02: Member States establish a Regional Expert Safety Team to develop Aviation Safety Initiatives in Areas of EUR Region not covered by EU/EASA Regulatory Framework
Paris (France), 27 February 2013 – Member States and International Organizations of the ICAO European Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-EUR) agreed today to establish an expert safety team to support the development and implementation of safety enhancement activities in the part of the ICAO EUR Region which is not covered by the regulatory framework of the European Union (EU)/European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
16 th Meeting of the Air Traffic Management Group – Eastern Part of the ICAO EUR Region held in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), 14 December 2012 – Around 30 participants from nine States and three international organisations attended the 16 th meeting of the Air Traffic Management Group Eastern Part of the ICAO EUR Region (ATMGE/16) which, thanks to the kind invitation of the Moldavian Air Traffic Services Authority (MoldATSA), was held in Chisinau from 10to 14 December 2012.
Safety Management Systems (SMS) Course held by EUR/NAT instructors in Estonia
Tallinn (Estonia), 30 November 2012 - Upon request from Estonia, instructors from the ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Office held a Safety Management Systems (SMS) implementation course from 26 to 30 November 2012. This course was attended by 28 top aviation professionals from various State and industry organizations in Estonia.
Safety Management Systems Implementation Course held by ICAO EUR/NAT instructors in Moldova
Chisinau (Moldova), 26 October 2012 – Upon request from the Republic of Moldova, instructors from the ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Office held a Safety Management Systems (SMS) implementation course in Chisinau, from 22 to 26 October 2012.
The course was attended by 26 professionals from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the Republic of Moldova whose effective support made the course possible.
EANPG Programme Coordinating Group/54: main decisions and actions
Paris (France) – 19 October 2012 – The ICAO EANPG Programme Coordinating Group (EANPG-COG), whose 54 th meeting was held this week in Paris, approved today a list of several safety provisions which will be submitted for final approval to member States from the European Air Navigation Planning Group (EANPG).
The above-mentioned provisions are aimed at improving the safety of various Air Navigation domains such as for example: airspace, air navigation, communications, aviation meteorology, performance based navigation, AIS/AIM, safety monitoring etc.
Significant developments towards a more seamless ATS route network whilst reducing aviation’s impact on the environment at the RDGE/17 meeting in Yerevan
Yerevan (Armenia), 28 September 2012 - Thanks to the kind invitation of Armenia, the 17th Meeting of the Route Development Group – Eastern Part of the ICAO EUR Region (RDGE/17) was held in Yerevan, from 24 to 28 September 2012.
A total of 156 existing route proposals were reviewed and 14 new proposals were agreed for incorporation into the RDGE ATS Route Catalogue by over 70 participants from 24 States and 3 international organizations during the RDGE meeting and its subgroup sessions. A significant contribution to the successful outcome of the RDGE/17 was the active participation of several key States from the Middle Asia and its interface Subgroup, which had not been able to progress on ATS route developments since the RDGE/14 meeting in April 2011 as well as the attendance of the Democratic People's Republic Of Korea which greatly contributed to the work of the Far East Area and its interface Subgroup.
The Continuous Monitoring Approach of the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme: more than 40 officials attended the ICAO workshop held in Paris this week at the premises of the EUR/NAT Office.
Paris, 21 September 2012- From 17 to 21 September 2012, ICAO conducted a seminar/workshop on the implementation of the Continuous Monitoring Approach of the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP CMA) and on the ICAO State Aviation Safety Tools (SAST). This seminar/workshop was attended by more than forty officials, most of them being the designated National Continuous Monitoring Coordinators (NCMCs) from their States. It enabled to provide important updates regarding CMA and SAST and to facilitate the exchange of experience in these fields between States in the Region. The full launch of USOAP CMA will be on 1 January 2013.
ICAO, IATA and other aviation industry stakeholders established a joint Performance Based Navigation (PBN) “go team”
Moscow (Russian Federation), 7 September 2012 - A joint ICAO/IATA/aviation industry PBN Go Team was established to support implementation of Perfomamce Based Navigation in the Russian Federation. The Team met on 5-7 September 2012 in Moscow and was hosted by the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation and ATM Institute. The meeting was attended by about 20 representatives from the FATA, ATM Institute, ATM State Corporation as well as from leading aircraft operators.
The ICAO/IATA PBN Go Team reviewed the national PBN plan of the Russian Federation and the status of implementation. As a result of the meeting, a draft report was prepared containing recommendations to further progress PBN, not only in the Russian Federation but also in the whole Eurasian area.
AVSEC Instructors Certification training conducted at the ICAO Aviation Security Training Centre (ASTC) Doncaster /UK - (Language: English)
Doncaster (UK), 12 -20 November 2013 -
From 12 to 20 November 2013 ICAO conducted an ICAO Instructors Certification course in English at the Aviation Security Training Centre (ASTC) located in Doncaster, United Kingdom. 12 AVSEC experts from 9 different States in four (4) ICAO regions were trained as short term experts (STE) to teach AVSEC courses and workshops on behalf of ICAO around the globe.
IE-REST/02: Aviation Safety Experts meet to work on safety initiatives in areas of Eur region not covered by EU/EASA regulatory framework.
Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), 27 September 2013 –The second meeting of the ICAO EUR Regional Expert Safety Team (IE-REST/02) was held in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, from 25 to 27 September 2013. 37 participants, from 11 States and 5 International Organizations, attended the meeting, which was hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Moldova.
Kazakhstan civil aviation authorities and air navigation service provider have hosted 3 PBN related events on 26-30 August 2013 in Almaty
Almaty (Kazakhstan), 26-30 August 2013 - The list of events included workshops on PBN flight procedure design, use of PBN in airspace design and an ICAO PBN Go-Team project to assist Kazakhstan in advancing the implementation of PBN.
Third European and Fourth Global Meeting of CAPSCA
Bern (Switzerland), 21 June 2013 – The ICAO European and North Atlantic Office supported and participated in the Third European Meeting of Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA-EUR/03) and the Fourth Global CAPSCA Coordination Meeting. One of the objectives of the meeting was to develop a clear understanding of the roles and involvement of all stakeholders, especially those from States and international organisations, public health and aviation sectors, as well as public and private organizations.
ICAO Safety Management Systems (SMS) Implementation Course for the Russian Federation held in Moscow from 27 to 31 May, 2013
Moscow (Russian Federation), 31 May 2013 - In response to the ICAO State letter of 30 June 2006 proposing to States assistance in implementing the Safety Management Systems (SMS), the Federal Civil Aviation Authority (Rosaviatsia) of the Russian Federation invited ICAO to conduct the SMS course for the managers of Rosaviatsia and the State ATM Corporation of the Russian Federation. The ICAO SMS Implementation course was conducted in Moscow from 27 to 31 May 2013.
ICAO Regional Performance Framework Workshop held in Kyrgyzstan from 21-23 May 2013 to provide relevant guidance and obtain feedback from States in the Eastern part of the ICAO EUR Region
Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), 21-23 May 2013 – Thanks to the kind invitation from the Civil Aviation Authorities of Kyrgyzstan, an ICAO Regional Performance Framework Workshop was conducted in Bishkek from 21 to 23 May 2013 to specifically address the needs of States in the Eastern part of the ICAO European Region.
Belarus to benefit from 16 Aviation Security Instructors thanks to the 1 st ICAO AVSEC Course held in the country
Minsk (Belarus), 24 May 2013 - From 16 to 24 May 2013 ICAO provided an Instructors Course for AVSEC experts in Belarus responding to a request of the Member State. It was the first time that ICAO provided AVSEC training in and for Belarus. 16 AVSEC experts from The Centre of Aviation Security Professional Training, the Higher Aviation College, the Airport Minsk and the State Enterprise “Belaeronavigation” in Belarus participated in the training.
Safety Management Systems (SMS) implementation course held from 1 to 5 April 2013 in Romania.
Bucharest (Romania), 5 April 2013 - Upon request from Romania, instructors from the ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Office held a Safety Management Systems (SMS) implementation course from 1 to 5 April 2013. This course was attended by 29 top aviation professionals from various State and industry organizations in Romania as well as two experts from the Republic of Moldova.
ICAO EUR/NAT and Flight Safety Foundation International sign a cooperation working arrangement on Flight Safety
Paris (France), 26 February 2013 - The ICAO European and North Atlantic Office (ICAO EUR/NAT) and Flight Safety Foundation International (FSFI) signed today a working arrangement enabling both parties to enhance Aviation Safety cooperation and foster safety initiatives in the ICAO European Region.
Marshal Eugeny Shaposhnikov (left), Chairman of Flight Safety Foundation International, exchanging copies of the working agreement with Luis Fonseca de Almeida, ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Director, during RASG-EUR/2 which was chaired by Mr. Haydar Yalçin (center), Deputy Director General of the Turkish Civil Aviation
ICAO EUR/NAT coordinates volcanic ash exercise in Kamchatka
Moscow (Russian Federation), 16 January 2013 - Spanning multiple time zones, the aviation community came together to exercise a volcanic eruption in Kamchatka, Russian Federation from 2100 UTC on 15 January 2013 to 060 UTC on 16 January 2013 under the guise of ICAO. The objectives of the exercise were to test information flow of volcanic ash products which involved the volcano observatory in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation (called KVERT), Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) Tokyo, Meteorological Watch Offices, and International NOTAM Offices. The information provided allowed coordination by area control centres, national air traffic management centres, airlines and operators to review changes to simulated flight plans and coordinate adjusted air routes to avoid volcanic ash.
Courtesy of the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)
The European Air Navigation Planning Group (EANPG) celebrates its 40th year with a very high attendance from States and International Organizations showing also increasing efforts towards a better interregional coordination.
Paris (France) – 6 December 2012 - The European Air Navigation Planning Group -which was established in 1972 by the ICAO Council in order to pursue aviation safety, efficiency and sustainability in the ICAO European Region in a coordinated way - celebrated this week its 40th anniversary with a very high attendance from States and International Organizations.
The EANPG convened for the first time in the premises of the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Office (Paris) from 14 to 21 November 1972 and counted 11 Member States compared to 56 Member States today. Among them, 52 are Members of the ICAO EUR Region (please see the yellow area in the map below) and 4 are member States of adjacent ICAO Regions having a strong interest in further improving the interregional coordination of Air Navigation Planning, especially in the Mediterranean area.
Sustainability of Global Air Transport: Aviation Community from the ICAO EUR Region united in advance of ICAO Sixth Worldwide Air Transport Conference
Paris (France), 14 November 2012 - Representatives from Member States of the ICAO European Region, including ECAC Member States, international organizations and representatives from the aviation industry pledged today to intensify efforts towards greater sustainability of air transport by addressing new challenges facing the industry and the implementation of ICAO rules. These rules address such fundamental issue as: consumer protection, air carrier ownership and control, market access, safeguards, taxation of international air transport, economics of airports and air navigation services including infrastructures’ financing.
ICAO Safety Management Systems (SMS) course for Tbilisi and Batumi airports.
Tblisi (Georgia), 5 October 2012 - It is vital that the aviation industry itself constantly consider safety risks and take proactive action to make aviation as safe as possible. To that end, the implementation of an effective Safety Management System SMS) enables airports, airlines, air navigation service providers and other aviation operations to adopt Safety Management Systems (SMS) aimed at identifying and mitigating potential safety risks long before an accident occurs or, in the best-case scenario, a Regulator could raise an issue during an audit or visit.
An SMS is a systematic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. To assist organizations in their implementation of an SMS, ICAO conducts Safety Management Systems (SMS) courses upon requests from States and organisations.
The European Air Navigation Planning Group (EANPG) is composed of the 52 ICAO Contracting States that provide air navigation services in the European Region (see map). One of the main responsibilities of the EANPG is to manage the European Air Navigation Plan – ICAO Doc 7754.