Pilot activity on inspecting cyber security in aviation

Luxembourg, 12-13 May 2022 - The ECAC Secretariat, with the contribution of a security expert from Portugal (ANAC), conducted an on-site pilot practical activity on inspecting cyber security measures, organised as a follow-up to the ECAC Best Practices for National Auditors – Cyber Security (basic) theoretical training course held online in July 2021. The main objective of this activity was to develop auditors' understanding of the key cyber security measures in aviation and of good practices for inspecting their implementation.

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Online basic aviation security training

10-12 May 2022 - Eight participants from Lithuania, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom attended an online Basic Aviation Security Training course conducted over three days.

Featuring theoretical presentations and virtual activities, the course offered participants an insight into the history of civil aviation security, the threats and likely methods of attack, as well as the role of risk management in addressing such threats. Particular attention was paid to the role played by the Appropriate Authority in the aviation security system.

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Sustainable Aviation Fuels Task Group

12 May 2022 - The fifth virtual meeting of the ECAC/EU Sustainable Aviation Fuels Task Group (SAF-TG) took stock of the information received from the stakeholders attending the first SAF-TG workshop held two days earlier (see article above). The workshop had identified challenges for SAF reporting and claiming under different jurisdictions and scopes, and discussed how to address those challenges in order to incorporate adequate advice into the SAF guidance being developed by the task group.

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United States’ authorities and ECAC Coordinating Committee discuss strategic cooperation

Paris, 12 May 2022 - Coordinating Committee members met with senior United States' representatives from the State Department, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration for the first time since 2019, having since then met by videoconference during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussions reaffirmed the close cooperation between ECAC and the US authorities across the range of aviation domains, with a particular emphasis on ambitions and expectations for the 41st ICAO Assembly, recovery from the COVID-related disruption, and the impact on aviation following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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New Coordinating Committee member

Paris/hybrid, 11 May 2022 - During DGCA/158, Oleksandr Bilchuk (DGCA Ukraine), was appointed by acclamation as a new member of the ECAC Coordinating Committee.

Directors General discuss strategic priorities and appoint a new Coordinating Committee member

Paris/hybrid, 11 May 2022 - ECAC’s Directors General of Civil Aviation gathered in Paris for their 158th meeting, joined by observers from the European Commission, EASA, EUROCONTROL, ICAO and JAA TO.

Ahead of the ICAO High-level Meeting on the feasibility of a long-term aspirational goal (HLM-LTAG) in July and the 41st ICAO Assembly in September and October, a significant share of the discussions focused on Europe’s ambitions on environmental matters.

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