Air Navigation Solutions awarded EU373 Certification

23 September, 2020 – Air Navigation Solutions (ANSL) has been certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as being compliant with Regulation 2017/373 five months ahead of the official deadline for full compliance.

Regulation 2017/373 (the Air Traffic Management Common Requirements Implementing Regulation) took effect in January 2020 and replaces existing legislation. It lays down revised common requirements for air traffic management (ATM) service providers and the oversight of ATM/air navigation services (ANS) and other ATM network functions.

Before EU373 took effect, ANSL’s Quality and Standards Expert, Stephen Linksted and Operations Manager, Lauren Newton conducted an extensive review of the company’s operations to ensure it could achieve compliance with the updated requirements.

They then worked closely with ANSL’s Specialist ATM Engineer, Graeme Vint, to develop a fully compliant training and competence assessment programme (TCAP) for air traffic safety electronics personnel (ATSEP). This is a key part of the EU373 certification, and was approved in early 2020 and then rolled out by ANSL.

Other operational areas that ANSL reviewed for its EU373 certification included:

  • Communication, navigation and surveillance equipment
  • Meteorology
  • Fatigue and stress management
  • Prevention of problematic use of psychoactive substances and alcohol

At the conclusion of this process, the change management procedure ANSL developed for EU373 was approved, and the company achieved final certification in August 2020.

Damon Knight, Head of Safety, Security & Quality at Air Navigation Solutions, said: “Throughout the extensive certification process for EU373, Air Navigation Solutions leveraged its proven track record in air traffic management to develop enhanced processes that are not only fully compliant with the new legislation, but enabled us to complete certification well in advance of the deadline.”

EU373 was first enacted into EU law in March 2017, and will be converted into UK statutory instruments in 2021.

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