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EUROCONTROL TOP 5 Operational Safety Priorities

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Background

Pursuant to [EU|Regulation No 970/2014] the [Manager] shall identify operational safety hazards at European ATM network level and assess the associated network safety risk. To discharge this obligation the Network Manager implemented dedicated risk identification and monitoring process.

Operational Safety Hazard Identification Process

The process supports aviation service providers (ANSPs, Aircraft Operators and Airport Operators) in their proactive risk management. It is a cyclic process and includes the following steps:

  • collection of accident and serious incident (severity A and B) data reported to and investigated by the service providers;
  • data coding and analysis by means of a comprehensive set of barrier models – Safety Functions Maps (SAFMAPs)
  • conduct of targeted in-depth risk analysis and surveys on specific topics
  • identification and prioritisation of the ATM operational risks
  • monitoring, analysis and update of the risk priorities, as appropriate.

The collaborative process for identification of operational safety hazards is run by the EUROCONTROL Safety Improvement Sub-Group (SISG) and supervised by the EUROCONTROL Safety Team and the Network Management Board.

ATM Top 5 Operational Safety Priorities

The current ATM Top 5 operational risk priorities identified in 2017 are:

  • Blind spot (conflict between aircraft in close proximity no detected by air traffic controller)
  • TCAS RA not followed
  • Flight without a transponder or with a dysfunctional one
  • Detection of potential runway conflict by air traffic controllers
  • Sudden, high energy runway conflict

ATM Operational Safety Studies

The operational safety studies are targeted risk studies and surveys carried out to support the analysis of the Network Manager Top 5 operational risks. Every operational safety study focuses on a particular issue and examines in detail the incident scenarios and associated safety risk, available or potential prevention barriers and their effectiveness.

All operational safety studies carried out over the years can be viewed here:

Further Reading

EUROCONTROL Top 5 operational safety studies webpage