European Safety Plan for Traffic Growth Released
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said that while the continent’s accident rate has remained more or less under control, the agency remains concerned about its ability to maintain the current level of safety when traffic is expected to nearly double by 2030. The European Aviation Safety Plan is intended to be a pro-active approach to managing safety risks that will complement existing regulations and investigative work in a way that complies with ICAO requirements. The new plan’s objectives include informing stakeholders about the progress on actions taken in 2012 and identifying new ones to be considered in the 2013 to 2016 time frame. The recently released third version of the plan encompasses three broad areas–systemic, operational and emerging issues–and also covers the implementation of safety management systems. The updated version of the plan contains 103 actions that employ safety assurance and promotion actions to mitigate operational safety concerns. These make up nearly half the recommendations called for by EASA in the new plan.