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Today, unmanned aircraft are being used among other things for aerial filming and photographing, safety inspections of pipelines or buildings or by farmers. Tests are being performed for delivery of goods or even transport of passengers.
The Aviation Strategy for Europe presented by the Commission in December 2015 states: "unmanned aircraft share the same airspace with other aircraft [and therefore] the safety of their operations must remain coherent with the overall aviation safety policy. Finally, unmanned aircraft operations must also be consistent with air traffic rules as laid down in the Common Rules of the Air."
Due to the rapid development of RPAS, the ETF strongly supports the inclusion of RPAS into the scope of the EASA Basic Regulation, as well as other regulatory initiatives aiming to ensure a safe co-existence of manned aircraft and RPAS in line with the principle "one sky – one safety".
download ETF views : etf-views-on-rpas-151216
ETF CO-SIGNS THE JOINT STAKEHOLDER STATEMENT ON DRONES
The ETF has joined other stakeholders from manned aviation in the call for a robust harmonized EU-wide regulatory safety framework for drones. The signatories also expressed their serious concern about the safety of manned aircraft in controlled and uncontrolled airspace.
At the same time, the ETF expects that all the safety and security aspects of drone operations will be addressed in the current revision of the EASA Basic Regulation.
The Remote Tower technology is advancing rapidly. It is important that regulators, Air Navigation Service Providers and staff engage on the subject to ensure that where remote towers are deployed, they are done so in a way that is safe, measured and with the appropriate consideration for staff. The technology has advanced ahead of proper regulation and a consistent and considered effort is now required by all stakeholders to ensure the appropriate regulatory environment is created. The social consequences need to be properly considered and the arising issues must be addressed. Whilst the ETF is generally supportive of the concept, provided it is deployed taking in to consideration the themes contained in this document, the ETF absolutely rejects the concept of simultaneous operations, i.e. the operation of more than one airport at the same time by one person. The ETF will continue to engage with all stakeholders and take a leading role as Remote Tower technology becomes more widely introduced
A delegation from the ITF met informally with representatives of ICAO in order to foster more effective working relationship.
The ITF delegation comprised Joe Magee, Suresh Tewari, Mike Reed, Luigi d'Iddio and Safiyanu Mohammed Dauda.
ICAO representatives comprised:
Steve Creamer: Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO
Chris Dalton: Chief, Airspace Management and Oprimization, ICAO
Discussions covered the broad areas of technology and automation, remote tower funtions and the upcoming ICAO conference on this subject, fostering appropriate and effective working relationshp and of course fatigue management.
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the biggest representative of workers in the European aviation and in the air traffic management, has been participating in the rulemaking process on air traffic services within the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the past two years. We are now proud to announce that a proper recognition of Aerodrome Flight Information Services (AFIS), as well as the workers involved – Flight Information Service Officers (FISOs) – within the framework of air traffic services is underway.
ETF representatives will participate in the Civil Aviation, Remote Towers Conference organized in London on 4th and 5th February 2016 by the International Transport Workers Federation.
This conference comes at a time when a number of ANSPs are looking at establishing Remotely Operated Towers.
It is not an entirely new concept.There have been a number of attempts over the years to use CCTV to enable air traffic services to be provided off the airport.
However,usually they were restricted to quiet periods. What is new is that some ANSPs are now looking at providing a complete airport service from another location and not in a traditional airport tower. (more…)