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New EASA–Eurocontrol combined stakeholders’ group

ERA has been elected to chair the new EASA-Eurocontrol combined CNS stakeholders’ consultation group which aims to maximise safety, cost effectiveness, benefits and interoperability. This expert group has been established to assist with the development of actions to support the implementation of an agreed communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) and associated spectrum evolution.

The evolution of the CNS infrastructure to support the necessary operational improvements is being defined within the ATM Master Plan and associated SESAR work programmes. The EASA ATM/ANS TeB and TEC have agreed with Eurocontrol to establish an expert group, which will in essence become a joint EASA/Eurocontrol Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Consultation Group.

This expert group is to provide a collaborative mechanism for EASA, member states and the European aviation community to work together on a CNS evolution, addressing both ground, airborne and space systems, based on that proposed in the European ATM Master Plan. The goal is to define the best way forward and the actions to support implementation. This implementation should be such that it is effective for all users and fully fit for the intended purpose with the aim to maximise;

  • safety;
  • cost effectiveness;
  • benefits;
  • interoperability; and
  • spectrum use.

In doing so the expert group should examine the CNS requirements of the various sectors of aviation (e.g, commercial, general aviation, state/military, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), high altitude platform station (HAPS), space planes) and determining the synergies and interactions.

The expert group will also allow EASA to receive implementation feedback and to quickly identify regulatory 'hot spots' (e.g. under  or over regulation). Furthermore, recognising that operational improvements are to be implemented in other non-EU states and regions, the expert group is to provide a collaborative mechanism to identify the actions to support these implementations.

The establishment of this group should also enable EASA, member states and the European aviation community to work together to enable proper implementation and to support the European Commission and policy makers with deployment of SES in a safe, efficient and consistent manner. It will provide the necessary clarity on what needs to be and can be achieved and by when, as well as the expected benefits.

ERA has been nominated to chair this important group and looks forward to working with members of the CNS team to ensure that we create a safe, efficient, fit for purpose Communication, Navigation and Surveillance infrastructure, which reflects the aims of the ATM Master Plan.

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