The EPAS, a key component of the European Aviation Safety Programme, provides a coherent and transparent framework for safety management at regional and State level, supporting the goals and objectives of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP).
The 2020-2024 edition includes 180 actions, among which the complete set of EASA rulemaking tasks. A new structure for the list of actions is presented to better highlight key risk areas and improve the link with the domain risk portfolios presented in the EASA Annual Safety Review.
EPAS constitutes the regional aviation safety plan for EASA Member States, setting out the strategic priorities, strategic enablers and main risks affecting the European aviation system and the necessary actions to mitigate those risks and to further improve aviation safety. EPAS is a 5-year plan that is constantly being reviewed and improved and updated on a yearly basis. The plan is an integral part of EASA’s work programme and is developed by EASA in close consultation with the EASA Member States and industry.
The main objective of EPAS is to further improve aviation safety and environmental protection throughout Europe while ensuring a level playing field, as well as efficiency/proportionality in regulatory processes. EPAS’ aspirational safety goal is to achieve constant safety improvement within a growing aviation industry.
This EPAS edition, being the 9th edition of the plan, brings about the following novelties:
- Strategic priorities are consolidated based on input from the EASA Advisory Bodies and to consider new technological developments and business models;
- Strategic enablers are updated to reflect recent developments;
- Safety information stemming from both the Standardisation Annual Report and the Annual Safety Review is better articulated;
- Further alignment with the ATM Master Plan is achieved and the recommendations stemming from the Report of the Wise Persons Group on the Future of the Single European Sky and of the Airspace Architecture Study performed by SESAR JU considered;
- New developments in the area of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and U-space are included;
- The recommendations from the C-UAS (Counter Drones) Task Force are highlighted;
- New or amended roadmaps are presented on rotorcraft safety, general aviation and artificial intelligence ;
- A new structure is provided for Volume II (containing all EPAS actions): EPAS actions are grouped per domain, thereby strengthening the link with the domain risk portfolios in the Annual Safety Review.