ECAC Medium-Term Objectives Task Force reviews developments in ECAC’s activities

Videoconference, 15 February 2023 — The 65th meeting of the ECAC Medium-Term Objectives Task Force (EMTO) reviewed the currently applicable version of the ECAC Risk Register (May 2022) and agreed on a series of amendments that reflect the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions in Europe and most regions, recent developments in ECAC activities, and the actions agreed by Directors General following the performance review of ECAC’s working groups carried out mid-2022. The amended version of the risk register will be presented to the Coordinating Committee in April 2023.

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Getting complex UAS operations off the ground: ECAC workshop on the implementation of U-space and electronic conspicuity

Paris, 13 February 2023 An ECAC workshop on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) brought experts together to examine latest developments and challenges in the fast-developing domain. The workshop was led by the ECAC Focal Point for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Director General of Civil Aviation for Austria, Elisabeth Landrichter, and attended by points of contact from 11 Member States and from Europe Air Sports.

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Cyber security training for national auditors in February

Videoconference, 7-9 February 2023 — National auditors from the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the Republic of Moldova attended a Best Practices for National Auditors – Cyber Security (basic) training course conducted online. The course reviewed ECAC Doc 30, Part II – Security recommendations for protecting critical aviation systems and data against cyber threats, and best practices for inspecting and auditing the implementation of the cyber security measures by regulated entities. The participants also had the opportunity to learn about the common cyber threats to aviation, and scenarios of cyber attacks on critical aviation systems and data.

CEP implements testing of APIDS and EVD, extending the programme to nine categories of security equipment

Videoconference, 8-9 February 2023 — The CEP Management Group, at its 56th meeting, chaired by Gaël Weidmann (STAC, France), agreed on the allocation of test centres nominated by Member States to test two new categories of security equipment approved by Directors General: Automated Prohibited Item Detection Systems (APIDS) and explosive vapour detection (EVD). Testing of EVD and APIDS will be carried out at Fraunhofer Institut für Chemische Technologie – ICT (Germany) and The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – TNO (Netherlands), and APIDS testing will also be carried out at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory – DSTL (United Kingdom), Federal Police Technology Centre – FPTC (Germany) and the Service Technique de l’Aviation Civile – STAC (France).

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ECAC President and Executive Secretary meet with sister regional organisations in Paris

Paris, 7 February 2023 — ECAC hosted the first-ever formal meeting of the leaders of all four regional civil aviation organisations, with the heads of the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO), the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), and the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC), joining ECAC President Alessio Quaranta, Executive Secretary Patricia Reverdy and Deputy Executive Secretary Mark Rodmell in Paris on 7 February 2023.

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First meeting of all regional civil aviation organisations to strengthen cooperation and support sustainable development of civil aviation

Paris, 7 February 2023 – The first-ever formal meeting bringing together the leaders of all regional civil aviation organisations, namely the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO), the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), and the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC), was held on 7 February 2023 in Paris.

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