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ERA’s objective in its work on policy and technical issues is to protect members from burdensome regulation, to raise the profile of our sector, promote its contribution to Europe and to focus and prioritise on regulatory and technical issues which are relevant to regional airlines.

ERA's Policy and Technical department deals with a wide range of issues for members and ERA Groups, workshops, conference calls and webexs are arranged to address topics of greatest interest or perceived threats to members. There are also regular updates on the Policy and Technical department's activities via social media, Members' Update, the regular policy documents and Regional International.

Working towards a socially responsible aviation sector

Following a report recently adopted by the European Commission on maintaining and adopting high social standards in the...

Aviation Day under the Romanian Presidency

On the occasion of Romania’s European Council Presidency, regulators and industry experts met to discuss key topics for the...

SES Wise Persons Group report delivered

The Single European Sky Wise Persons Group presented their report to EC Commissioner Violeta Bulc on 15 April. The group was...

ERA Operations Group meeting report

Eurocontrol hosted the ERA Operations Group spring meeting on 10–11 April at its Brussels headquarters. Well attended by...

‘We are all one in the sky’

There is only one sky and all stakeholders, new and traditional, need to collaborate to keep it safe, secure, efficient and...

EU ATM RP3 performance targets weakened

The European Union Air Traffic Management performance targets which have been agreed by member states in this week’s Single...

EASA launches disruptive passenger campaign

With some ERA airline members operating single cabin crew operations, the effect of an unruly passenger on the safety and...

Airspace Architecture Study presented at European Parliament

The EU Airspace Architecture Study was the topic of discussion at an event at the European Parliament on 5 March. The study,...

Eurocontrol publishes bulletin on air transport trends

European flights increased by 2.9 per cent in February 2019 compared with February 2018 and were above the low end of the...

Latest ERA Air Safety Group meeting

This was the first meeting of the ERA Air Safety Group for 2019 and hosted by Vistair in Bristol, UK on 19–20 March. The...

Airline associations follow-up letter on RP3 target setting

Following a meeting on 25 February with Henrik Hololei and Christine Berg from the European Commission, the airline...

EASA pilot age limit workshop

Increasing age limits is seen as a means of mitigating the pilot shortage. ERA participated in an EASA workshop to discuss the...

EASA Ground Handling Conference

Ground handling incidents statistically represent one of the largest threats to aviation safety. With ground handling now...

Re-energising discussions on key financial matters

Under the umbrella of the ERA Chief Financial Officers' Group, CFOs met in London on 28 February and 1 March in the format of...

Meeting of airspace users with DG MOVE and SES

On 25 February, ERA and other airspace user associations met with Henrik Hololei and Christine Berg, Head of Unit, Single...

UK CAA Brexit guidance for operators

If no deal for leaving the EU is agreed between the EU and the UK, Airline Operating Licence and Air Operator’s Certificate (...

European Plan for Aviation Safety Workshop

The European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) is built on a proactive approach to support the future growth of aviation while...

ERA Industry Affairs Group meets in Brussels

The first IAG meeting of this year was held on 4–5 February in ERA’s Brussels office and addressed all the hot topics around...

‘Rethinking Your Travel’ Alcohol & Tourism Summit

Excessive alcohol intake by air passengers is one of the top three risks to aviation safety. The summit, organised by the...

Urgent need for RP3 targets to meet the needs of European air passengers

ERA, along with AIRE, A4E, EBAA and IATA, have written to Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the...

SESAR 'Any controller, any airspace' initiative

SESAR members NATS, skyguide, COOPANS (LFV) and INDRA have conducted an initial validation exercise of a solution which aims...

First Transport Cybersecurity Conference

This inaugural event that took place on 23 January 2019 brought together stakeholders from the aviation, maritime and railway...

SESAR Deployment Manager Datalink Workshop

The SESAR Deployment Manager held a Datalink Services Workshop (DLS) on 17 January in Brussels to present the current...

EASA publishes European Plan for Aviation Safety 2019–2023

EASA has published the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) 2019–2023 edition. The EPAS provides a coherent and...

Latest BALPA Security Group meeting

ERA continues to keep appraised of security developments that may affect the industry and members, and recently attended the...

ERA opens second European office

ERA has opened its second, European office. Based in Brussels, it is located within the Eurocontrol building in Rue da La...

ERA calls for urgent action in advance of Brexit

On behalf of ERA’s 205 members, ERA has called for urgent action in advance of the UK leaving the European Union. Recognising...

European Investment Bank round table discussion

The European Investment Bank, based in Luxembourg, held a meeting with ERA late last week as a means of updating the...

Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre meeting

Maastricht Upper Area Control (MUAC) held its annual customer consultation meeting at London Heathrow to share and discuss...

Airline Insolvency Review workshop

This was the fourth Airline Insolvency Review workshop and focussed on the commercial financing options available for the...

Co-operation between EUROCONTROL and SESAR DM

The SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA), acting as the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM), and EUROCONTROL have signed a Memorandum of...

Auditors examine modernisation of European ATM

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of the deployment of SESAR, the technological modernisation programme...

ERA regional airline pilot supply study

ERA is proposing commissioning a study to determine the challenges faced by regional and small European airlines in ensuring a...