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Committees

Council on Aeropolitical Affairs (CAPA)
The Council for Aeropolitical Affairs monitors all regulatory developments affecting AIRE airline members – environmental matters, consumer rights, infrastructure, traffic rights, immigration, taxation and social issues.

Committee on Air Traffic Management and Flight Operations (CAFO)
The Committee on Air Traffic Management and Flight Operations influences decisions affecting all aspects of air traffic management and flight operations in order to optimise the operational environment on behalf of the member airlines. It also provides specialist input into the Eurocontrol Central Flow Managemnet Unit (CFMU) for operational support to AIRE members.

Safety Standards Committee (SSC)
The Safety Standards Committees inform member airlines of regulations, procedures and recommended practices that are imposed by national and international regulatory authorities. The Committee aims to improve the quality of support services from manufacturers, vendors, suppliers, repair and overhaul agencies.

 

Aeropolitical

How do we work?

Council for Aeropolitical Affairs (CAPA)
The objective of the Council for Aeropolitical Affairs is to ensure that the airline members are kept fully informed of all developments concerning aeropolitical regulations and procedures. The CAPA monitors the activities of national and international regulatory authorities, in particular the European institutions. The success of the Council for Aeropolitical Affairs centres upon our ability to alert members of potential developments at an early stage and our experience in influencing the decision-making process.

The work of the CAPA follows three phases: monitoring, informing and influencing. Aeropolitical issues are monitored on a day-to-day basis ensuring that the airline members receive the most up-to-date and reliable information. The impact of proposed legislation on carriers is analysed, enabling members to develop a common position on key political issues. This common position allows the Association to promote the interests of the members in the political and aviation arena.

What kind of topics do we address?

  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme; ICAO Global Market Based Measure (CORSIA)
  • Single European Sky (SES) / SESAR deployment
  • Airport charges (including charges for security and for Passengers with Reduced Mobility)
  • Slot Allocation Rules
  • Passenger Rights
  • Immigration and border control issues
  • EU External Aviation Relations (trafficrights)
  • Insurance Requirements

What is of interest for non-EU members?
Non-EU carriers are impacted by EU legislation for their flights operating to/from the European Union and non-EU countries that have adopted EU rules in their national laws. Therefore they should be informed about the legislation-making process for European aviation rules and be part of the influencing effort towards the EU legislative bodies.
Non-EU members are in particularly impacted by EU legislation concerning

  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme; ICAO Global Market Based Measure (CORSIA)
  • Single European Sky (SES) / the financial aspect of SESAR deployment (reduction of ATC charges)
  • Airport charges (including charges for security and for Passengers with Reduced Mobility)
  • Slot Allocation Rules
  • Passenger Rights
  • Immigration and border control issues

 

Safety

How do we work internally?

Safety Standards Committee (SSC)
The objective is to ensure that members are kept fully informed of aviation safety regulations related in the domain of engineering, maintenance, operations and licensing. The SSC collects views and opinions from members on developing regulations to reach a uniform position on behalf of the airline members. The committee also provides a platform for the exchange of know-how and experiences between members. The committee closely monitors the different interpretations of the national airworthiness authorities that may prevent a harmonised implementation across the EU.
SSC members are typically engineering and safety managers. Since March 2015, physical SSC meetings (on average three each year) are replaced by electronic information and consultation.
On a need basis, the Secretariat organises ad hoc meetings with EASA to address specific members’ issues. The Secretariat can also facilitate contacts between EASA and non-EU operators (Third Country Operators).

How do we work externally?

EASA Stakeholders Advisory Body (SAB) and Stakeholders Technical Bodies (STeBs)
Representing an accredited association, the Secretariat participates to the EASA SAB advising the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and its Management Board on its governance; strategic developments; priorities; implementation and standardisation issues; rulemaking projects; safety promotion; international cooperation and harmonisation activities. As member of the STeBs Engineering & Maintenance; Flight Standards and Design & Manufacturing, the Secretariat is consulted on terms of reference of rulemaking projects and deliverables before public consultation. The Secretariat consults SSC members on rulemaking projects and informs them on relevant discussions at the SAB and STeBs.

European Commission
The Secretariat is invited to expert meetings such as on occurrence reporting related to flight operations and airworthiness. The Secretariat was consulted on the specific needs of its members during the finalisation of the European FTL rules.

Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Regulators & Industry forum
Each year, the Secretariat delivers a presentation aiming at a more effective and balanced focus of ramp inspections.

What kind of topics do we address?

  • Contracting of Continuing Airworthiness Management (M.014)
  • Delete prior approval of leasing between EU operators
  • Transfer of certification and oversight of organisations operating multi-nationally
  • Cooperative oversight between national aviation authorities
  • Minimum cabin crew on twin aisle aircraft
  • Implementation of EASA rules and Alternate Means of Compliance (AMC)

What is of interest for non-EU members?

  • Third Country Operators (TCO) regulation
  • Reinstall and facilitate leasing with third country operators
  • Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA)
  • Drug and alcohol testing pilots
  • Child restraint devices

 

Operations

How do we work internally?

Committee on Air Traffic Management & Flight Operations (CAFO)
The objective is to influence decisions affecting all aspects of air traffic management and flight operations. The CAFO seeks optimal use of airspace capacity and promotes the restructuring of route networks to increase efficiency. By participating in a large number of industry and international fora including ICAO and Eurocontrol, the Secretariat ensures that the specific needs of members are addressed.
CAFO members are typically operational control, flight planning and flight dispatching managers. Since April 2014, physical CAFO meetings (two each year) are replaced by electronic information and consultation. On a need basis, the Secretariat organises ad hoc meetings with the Network Manager (NM) to address specific members’ issues. If needed, the Secretariat can organise bilateral meetings with Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) to discuss members’ specific operational issues.

How do we work externally?

NM Directors of Operations (NDOP)
The Secretariat participates to NDOP meetings three times each year to discuss airspace capacity issues and to ensure that flight efficiency shall not only be measured through delay improvements but shall also include cost parameters.

Airlines receive day-to-day operational support from the NM Aircraft Operators Liaison Cell (AOLC) and are invited twice a year to the NM Airlines Operations Group (AOG) meetings chaired by an aircraft operator. Airline members directly participate in the NM Route Network Development Subgroup (RNDSG) and its SW-Axis and SE-Axis meetings.

Eurocontrol’sCentral Office for Delay Analysis (CODA) provides members with access to detailed statistics on traffic flows, airport movements, delay figures and customised reports.

What kind of topics do we address?

  • Network capacity deficiencies
  • Route developments
  • Network performance
  • Free route airspace
  • Flight efficiency

What is of interest for non-EU members?

  • Network capacity deficiencies
  • Route developments
  • Network performance
  • Free route airspace
  • Flight efficiency

 

Safety & Operations

How do we work internally?

The establishment of the Single European Sky (SES) and the deployment of SESAR require a multi-disciplinary approach: airlines determine which routes they wish to operate and then equip the aircraft to provide for the required communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) capability on that route. Due to the multi-disciplinary character, the Secretariat informs and consults with the CAFO (route development and flight planning) and the SSC (engineering & certification of avionics).

On a need basis, the Secretariat organises WebEx meetings or Video conferencing with large aircraft manufacturers on retrofit solutions.

How do we work externally?

IATA Joint Users Requirements Group (JURG)
The Secretariat brings specific members’ operational requirements issues to the JURG meetings and debriefs the SSC and CAFO committees.

ICAO North Atlantic Implementation Management Group (NAT IMG)
The Secretariat’s observer status at ICAO meetings enabled the escalation of operational constraints related to the discrepant avionics requirements between Europe and ICAO to find a solution for the ICAO Tango routes that are frequently used by airlines flying to the Canary Islands and Azores.

SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM)
The Secretariat participates to the SDM Stakeholders Consultation Platform and its Thematic Subgroups to continuously monitor and update the SESAR Deployment Plan. The Secretariat participates to workshop organised by the SDM and informs the members on the yearly CEF calls for co-funding SES investment projects.

What kind of topics do we address?

  • SESAR deployment
  • Navigation strategy and Performance Based Navigation (PBN)
  • Communication strategy and Data Link Services (DLS)
  • Surveillance strategy and automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B)
  • Aircraft flight tracking systems

What is of interest for non-EU members?

  • Single European Sky CNS Implementation Strategy

 

Thematic Working Groups

Flight Time Limitations Working Group (FTL WG)

The FTL WG was established to monitor and influence the development of European flight and duty limits for crew. During the drafting of the European FTL rules, the Secretariat organised continued consultation with the other airline associations to ensure that the specific members’ needs such as in-flight rest and night duties were addressed. Today, the FTL WG is electronically consulted on projects monitoring the effectiveness of the European FTL rules.

Scheduling Working Group

The objective is to ensure that members are fully aware of the regulations, procedures and recommended practices concerning scheduling and slot issues, from national and international regulatory authorities. The group monitors current scheduling issues including developments in slot auctioning and night bans. The Secretariat informs and consults members electronically.

ATC Charges Working Group

The members are being updated on any development regarding en-route and terminal navigation charges. They receive once a year a unique and thorough analysis of the European 28+2 countries’ Performance Plans and the final unit rates for the coming year. The Secretariat informs and consults members electronically.

Airport Charges Working Group
The members are elaborating the association’s position regarding airport charges. They are assessing the implementation of the Airport Charges Directive 2009/12/EC and are setting their requirements for an improved legislative framework addressing in particular the need to impose the single till principle and to regulate the cost of capital. The Secretariat informs and consults members electronically and organises meetings when required.

Security Working Group

The Security Working Group keeps the members fully informed of security-related regulations, procedures and recommended practices imposed or under consideration by national and international regulatory authorities. The Secretariat informs and consults members electronically.

Border Control Working Group

The Border Control Working Group exchanges information on the obligation on air carriers to provide passenger data to authorities and keeps the members informed on any related legislative initiatives. The Secretariat informs and consults members electronically.