European preparations for the ICAO Assembly

The European coordination groups on environment, facilitation, economic matters, aviation security, cyber security, and safety and air navigation met throughout September for the last lap of preparations before the 41st session of the ICAO Assembly. The groups discussed Europe’s priorities for the Assembly from the perspectives of their respective thematic domains, reviewed the available working papers, and considered the European positions on the papers in their domains.

Task force develops guidance on the role of technical innovations in addressing emerging threats

Videoconference, 19-20 September 2022 — The role of technical innovations in addressing current and emerging threats, and challenges relating to the use of security equipment were the focus of discussions at the 56th Guidance Material Task Force meeting. The group agreed to develop three new documents in 2023 to promote technical innovations and the deployment of advanced security technologies.

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Legal Task Force

Paris/hybrid, 14 September 2022 — Chaired for the first time by Machteld Cambridge (Netherlands), the ECAC Legal Task Force reviewed the working papers under the Legal Commission of the ICAO Assembly, and considered the European positions on these papers. Having discussed the group’s performance against its 2022 work programme, the task force agreed on its 2023 work programme, which will be presented to Directors General in December.

Focus on financing climate aviation ambitions at the monthly ECAC environment webinar

14 September 2022 — The ECAC monthly familiarisation webinars on basic knowledge on aviation and the environment resumed after the summer break with a session dedicated to a topic for discussion at the 41st ICAO Assembly (27 September – 7 October), and also addressed in a working paper presented by ECAC Member States: financing climate aviation ambitions and encouraging investments to promote sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

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New training documents for the ECAC Aviation Security Handbook

Paris/videoconference, 8-9 September 2022 Several new documents for inclusion in the ECAC Aviation Security Handbook were endorsed at the 51st meeting of the ECAC Training Task Force. The documents included best practices for risk assessment training, and best practices for training on the use of shoe explosive detection (SED) and shoe metal detection (SMD) equipment.

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Sustainable Aviation Fuels Task Group refines guidance and reviews progress

Videoconference, 7 September 2022 — The ECAC/EU Sustainable Aviation Fuels Task Group (SAF-TG) reviewed the main outcomes of the workshop on SAF reporting and claiming held on 6 July 2022, and invited Fuels Europe to provide its views on a SAF trading mechanism to comply with regulatory requirements and claim SAF benefits. Part of the meeting was also dedicated to revising the draft SAF guidance document currently being developed. The next meeting will be held on 13 October 2022.