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27 January, 2024

EASA partners with IATA to counter aviation safety threat from GNSS spoofing and jamming

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the conclusions of a workshop jointly hosted at EASA’s headquarters to combat incidents of GNSS spoofing and jamming.

The workshop’s high-level conclusion was that interference with satellite-based services that provide information on the precise position of an aircraft can pose significant challenges to aviation safety. Mitigating these risks requires short-, medium- and long-term measures, beginning with the sharing of incident information and remedies.

“GNSS systems offer tremendous advantages to aviation in increasing the safety of operations in a busy shared airspace,” said EASA Acting Executive Director Luc Tytgat. “But we have seen a sharp rise in attacks on these systems, which poses a safety risk. EASA is tackling the risk specific to these new technologies. We immediately need to ensure that pilots and crews can identify the risks and know how to react and land safely. In the medium term, we will need to adapt the certification requirements of the navigation and landing systems. For the longer term, we need to ensure we are involved in the design of future satellite navigation systems. Countering this risk is a priority for the Agency.” 

“Airlines are seeing a significant rise in incidents of GNSS interference. To counter this, we need coordinated collection and sharing of GNSS safety data; universal procedural GNSS incident guidance from aircraft manufacturers; a commitment from states to retain traditional navigation systems as backup in cases where GNSS are spoofed or jammed. In actioning these items, the support and resources of EASA and other governmental authorities are essential. And airlines will be critical partners. And whatever actions are taken, they must be the focal point of the solution as they are the front line facing the risk,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

12 May, 2022

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is removing its recommendation that masks should be required in-flight.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed new guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) removing its recommendation that masks should be required in-flight.

EASA’s updated Aviation Health Safety Protocol, published 11 May, calls for the mandatory mask rule to be relaxed where rules have been relaxed for other transport modes. This important shift reflects the high levels of vaccination, natural immunity levels, and the removal of domestic restrictions in many European nations. The updated guidance also acknowledges the need to move from an emergency situation to a more sustainable mode of managing COVID-19. 

“We welcome EASA’s recommendation to relax the mask mandate, which is another important step along the road back to normality for air passengers. Travellers can look forward to the freedom of choice on whether to wear a mask. And they can travel with confidence knowing that many features of the aircraft cabin, such as high-frequency air exchange and high-efficiency filters, make it one of the safest indoor environments,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

Several jurisdictions still maintain mask requirements. That is a challenge for airlines and passengers flying between destinations with different requirements. “We believe that mask requirements onboard aircraft should end when masks are no longer mandated in other parts of daily life, for example theatres, offices or on public transport. Although the European protocol comes into effect next week, there is no globally consistent approach to mask-wearing onboard aircraft. Airlines must comply with the regulations applicable to the routes they are operating. The aircraft crew will know what rules apply and it is critical that passengers follow their instructions. And we ask that all travellers be respectful of other people’s decision to voluntarily wear masks even if it not a requirement,” said Walsh.


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02 August, 2020

15th Annual EASA Safety Review Published

Each year brings us new challenges. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged every aspect of life and industry on earth. As restrictions are eased here in Europe, the economic and human cost of this tragedy is yet to be fully understood. Normally, the aviation system provides a means to connect with those important to us at critical times in their lives. While this function has been significantly interrupted, and many other barriers stop us from meeting up with family and friends, aviation has remained a vital method of ensuring that essential medical expertise and supplies are able to be shipped to where they are most needed in the world, often using modified passenger aircraft that have been specially certified for cargo operations.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has released its 15th annual safety review of European aviation. The analysis in the review provides a statistical summary across all domains of operation and is split into sections covering:
  • aeroplanes, 
  • helicopters,
  • balloons, 
  • sailplanes, 
  • aerodromes / ground handling and 
  • air traffic management / air traffic navigation services.  
The ASR identifies the most important safety challenges faced in European aviation today and supports the decision making for the next edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) to further improve aviation safety and environmental protection throughout Europe. 

The most substantial contribution to the 268 total fatalities in 2019 comes from the accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed shortly after take-off on 10 March 2019 with the loss of all 157 lives on board the aircraft. This was the second catastrophic accident involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 in six months. On 29 October 2018, a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after take-off, with the loss of all 189 lives on board the aircraft. These accidents have led to one of the longest flight suspensions of a large commercial aeroplane type. EASA is conducting a thorough re-certification of the B737 MAX 8 in order to ensure that the modified aircraft is safe to return to service. 

Download the full report 
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