We are ALL ONE in the Sky - Aviation partners agree joint principles for safe integration of drones

Category: Technical
Published on Monday, 18 May 2020
Written by LVE

Members of Europe’s leading aviation associations have today published a joint paper setting out the principles to support the safe integration into European airspace of unmanned aircraft, or ‘drones’.

This is one of the most critical issues facing the aviation industry today. Drones will revolutionise many aspects of everyday life, from the way people travel, to agriculture, policing, mapping, deliveries, maintenance, asset management and construction. However, their proliferation also raises questions about how to handle their integration without compromising safety or security or disrupting current airspace operations.

The We are ALL ONE in the Sky initiative, which brings together representatives from the airline, airport, air navigation service, manufacturing, staff associations and beyond, has set out five key principles that  ‘U-Space Regulation’, currently under development by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Commission, should meet. They cover aspects such as the importance of information exchange between all airspace users, the need to ensure the safe integration of drones in the airspace – as opposed to purely segregating them from other users of the airspace - and the fundamental importance of ensuring that today’s exceptionally high safety standards are maintained.

The We are ALL ONE in the Sky initiative supports the creation of a proportionate, risk- and performance-based regulatory framework to enable the drone services industry to flourish, and – crucially – to provide for a safe, secure and efficient operation of manned and unmanned aviation.

Tanja Grobotek, CANSO’s Director Europe Affairs said: “This ambitious joint initiative shows that the aviation community is forward-looking regarding the integration of drones into European airspace. Drones promise many benefits, but their growth also presents many challenges to existing aviation infrastructure. On behalf of Europe’s air navigation service providers (ANSPs), CANSO joins the other We are ALL ONE in the Sky members to call for the right regulatory principles to ensure a safe future for this new aviation technology.”

Members of the We are ALL ONE in the Sky initiative:

  • Airlines for Europe (A4E)
  • Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE)
  • AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
  • Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC)
  • Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)
  • Europe Air Sports
  • European Business Aviation Association (EBAA)
  • European Cockpit Association (ECA)
  • European Helicopter Association (EHA)
  • European Regions Airline Association (ERA)
  • European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF)
  • General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
  • International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA)
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA)
  • International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA)
  • International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA)


Category: Technical
Published on Sunday, 08 March 2020
Written by LVE

European partners deliver first ‘FLY AI’ report on the current use and future potential of artificial intelligence in aviation

The European partners, among which IFATSEA, have published a report named "FLY AI".

This first edition of the ‘FLY AI’ report provides a timely review of the current use of artificial intelligence (AI) in aviation, and assesses its future potential to transform the sector. Produced by the European Aviation High Level Group on AI, a group set up after EUROCONTROL’s inaugural conference on AI in May 2019, the report pools the expertise of EUROCONTROL and a wide range of key representatives from all aviation sectors (airlines, airports, Air Navigation Service Providers, manufacturers, EU bodies, military and staff associations). It aims to advance understanding among aviation and air traffic management (ATM) actors of AI and its potential, to “demystify AI”, and to help accelerate its uptake in aviation. It concludes that there are a number of practical actions that could be taken to accelerate the development of AI in European aviation and ATM, which form the basis of a ‘FLY AI Action Plan’.

Download the report.

More info can be found here

Costas Christoforou  


Category: Technical
Published on Friday, 14 February 2020
Written by LVE

EUROCAE, The European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment deals exclusively with aviation standardisation, for both airborne and ground systems and equipment.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) develops the EUROCAE Technical Work Programme (TWP). The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the ongoing technical standardization activities currently undertaken by EUROCAE together with a strategic outlook on the anticipated technical standardization activities to be potentially undertaken by EUROCAE, in order to illustrate the extent of the current and future EUROCAE work.

The public version of the latest TWP is available here.

EUROCAE Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Initiative - 8 January 2020

It is recognised that, going forward, it will be a challenge to ensure that enough qualified and competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system. This is critical as a the current generation of aviation professionals will retire, the access to affordable training and education is often difficult and the trainings are often not comparable, and the jobs themselves are changing with the advent of new technologies.

Furthermore, aviation competes with other industry sectors for skilled professionals. The lack of awareness by young people of the types of aviation jobs is another challenge faced.

In order to support the international aviation community to address these issues, EUROCAE is launching an initiative to develop best practices recognised across the industry to support Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) programmes.

 As a first step, a workshop will take place on 24 February 2020, in Frankfurt.

This workshop will bring together key experts from the aviation industry to shape the Terms of Reference of the future WG.

If you are interested to contribute, please contact Anna von Groote,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with a short summary (maximum 1 page) of your expertise and expected contributions to this activity.


ENISA Study 2016 "Securing smart airports"

Category: Technical
Published on Friday, 24 February 2017
Dear colleagues,
The 2016 ENISA Study "Securing smart airports" study is out.
As you can see in the Acknowledgements, IFATSEA VP Mr. Theodoros Kiritsis and me, we have contributed in this study.

In response to new emerging threats, ENISA’s report provides a guide for airport decision makers to implement available good practices to date, in order to secure passengers and operations. This study also identifies gaps such as disparity of cyber security practices and lack of awareness and skills. The study aims to support airport decision makers and information security professionals in their security efforts and risk management.

Eight recommendations for enhancing the security and resilience of smart airports in Europe are presented in the report, tailored specifically towards decision makers, airport operators and industry. Key recommendations include:

  • Prioritising cyber security for safety 
  • Establishing a clear airport cyber security posture and allocating cybersecurity experts and resources
  • Constant revision of cyber security policies and practices based on good practices monitoring     
  • Implementing  network-based, holistic risk and threat management policies and processes for cyber security

Prof. Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of ENISA, said: "Integrating IoT on the existing airport infrastructure brings new security challenges. To ensure safety, operators need to incorporate cybersecurity in all stages of the security life cycle."

Smart airports are those airports making use of integrated Internet of Things (IoT) components to bring added-value services. By integrating smart components, airports are exposed to a larger attack surface and new attack vectors. As such, airports need to guarantee everyday higher levels of cyber security due to the potential impact that cyber-attacks and disruptions can have on the safety of passengers and operators. Increasing awareness on cyber security risks and improving the security and resilience of the entire lifecycle of airport operations is now a priority.

ENISA’s future work in the field, aims in enhancing the security and resilience of air transport in Europe together with all relevant key stakeholders and agencies. In the context of the NIS Directive, ENISA will assist Member States and the European Commission by providing expertise and advice, as well as developing and facilitating the exchange of good practices, with the ultimate goal to enable higher level of security for Europe’s air transport infrastructure.

Take some time to read this work.


Best regards

Costas Christoforou

IFATSEA Director Europe

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ATM manual

Category: Technical
Published on Monday, 29 February 2016

Dear colleagues,


we are proudly to present you the final version of the manual " ATM Automation" CAP1377. The outcome of this manual is the product of a very intensive work from colleagues from Eurocontrol, IFATCA, NATS, the University of Hertfordshire, LGW and LHR airports and of course our Federation. 


Please spent some time to go through this manual and if you find it useful then apply it at your country.


My thanks to IFATSEA team that help me in this task, Theodore Kiritsis, Carlos Viegas, Kostas Simaiakis and Marinos Kardaris



Best regards

 Costas Christoforou

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