EASA issues its 11th European Plan for Aviation Safety

4 previous EPAS editions
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EASA has a Safety Plan for Members and one for other CAAs

The 11th Edition has been issued recently

One goal of the EPAS is to get other CAAs to follow the EASA way

This is the 11th Edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS). As explained in an earlier iteration of the same document, EASA’s goal in publishing this series of recommendations(as opposed to the similarly named European Aviation Safety Programme (EASP)) , is to set  global standards for other Civil Aviation Authorities

Air safety does not stop at borders, and cooperation amongst aviation stakeholders is needed more than ever in the face of rising traffic levels, diminishing resources and the opportunities and challenges presented by new technologies.

The European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS), a component of the European Aviation Safety Programme (EASP), provides a coherent and transparent framework for safety work at regional level, helping the identification of major safety risks and actions to take, supporting Member States to implement their State Safety Programmes (SSP) and the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP), and aiding the sharing of best practice and knowledge. The plan also includes European states not under the EASA umbrella.”

EASA, as noted before here, aspires to be the Global Gold Standard for Aviation Safety, not just for eleemosynary reasons, but because this continental organization sees that selling their rules to other countries, may facilitate selling the airlines, as well as the governments (EASA-cloned CAAs) which frequently control them, to buy products and services from the EU aerospace companies.

Like previous EASA analyses, this newest publication is the result of well-documented and thorough review of a mass of data. The assessment points to the below listed 10 areas of focus for all in aviation. The European targets  for aviation safety professionals attentions is almost exactly the same as prominent US safety experts have found.

epas 10 rsafety focuses

European Plan for Aviation Safety 2022 – 2026



Highlights of this 11th edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) are:

  • Addressing the safety issues emerging from COVID-19, this edition supports the further modernisation of the aviation system, in the areas of safety, efficiency, level playing field and environmental protection.
  • 19 new research projects (RES) are included with many of them addressing innovative technologies, such as remote flight instruction, risk assessment of complex systems, use of machine learning (ML) in certification, electric and hybrid propulsion, or digital transformation. 
  • A new rulemaking task is included, to create a European digital pilot licence system. 
  • In the drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) domain, several concepts, platform architectures and practical demonstrators continue to be developed at high pace across Europe. COVID-19 accelerated the development of certain use cases, such as for the delivery of vital supplies to medical personnel, humanitarian aid and emergency/disaster response. EPAS, in line with the European Commissions’ ‘Drone Strategy 2.0’, will continue to foster the development of a drone ecosystem in Europe.
  • The strategic priority ‘Environmental protection’ is reinforced in this edition, on the basis of the Agency’s sustainable aviation programme. Initiatives include actions to increase CO2 efficiency, prepare for electric and hybrid propulsion technology, sustainable aviation fuels, carbon offsetting, as well as for the development of an environmental label.
  • Volume III, first introduced with EPAS 2021-2025, provides the latest set of domain Safety Risk Portfolios with 219 individual safety issues described and prioritised. A dedicated COVID-19 portfolio as well as the newly established Safety Risk Portfolio for the rotorcraft domain are included.



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