European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities
Word of the Chairman
Rémi Jouty, Chairman ENCASIA
Dear network colleagues,
Welcome to the ENCASIA website, designed to provide you with information on the European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities (ENCASIA) and our role.
ENCASIA was established in January 2011 thanks to the entry into force of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010 of 20 October 2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation.
During my first mandate as the ENCASIA Chairman, the European Commission conducted and published an evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010 that followed a staff working document on the implementation and the functioning of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010, which had been released in 2016. Both documents yielded positive results, in particular regarding ENCASIA achievements; but these encouraging words are not a reason for reducing our efforts.
The beginning of my second mandate in 2020 will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Regulation and of the Network. Our mission is to further improve the quality of air safety investigations and to strengthen the independence of the national investigating authorities. Due to Brexit on 31st of January 2020 we have lost the active support of our British colleagues, which means we must rely more than ever on the active involvement of the remaining 27 civil aviation safety investigation authorities (SIAs) of the EU Member States plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland as observers – but I know I can count on that !.
The activities of ENCASIA include:
- development of training activities,
- promoting safety investigation best practices,
- developing a mechanism for sharing investigating resources,
- advising EU institutions on air accident investigation and prevention matters.
Each year, ENCASIA has developed work programmes in line with its mission. For the financial implementation of the annual work programmes, ENCASIA created a legal basis: the ENCASIA ASBL. This has enabled the development of concrete and useful work programmes, both with the support of grants from the European Commission and through the co-financing of our members. Our network has also been actively involved in regulatory discussions on safety investigation matters with the European institutions.
Should you browse our website and read our yearly activity reports, you will see what ENCASIA has achieved so far. As for our way forward, it is also important that the resolutions adopted continue to be implemented.
Amongst the valuable activities carried out by our working groups, I would like to underline the “peer reviews”. The Peer Review Report of the first phase highlights that thirty SIAs were peer reviewed within five years. The peer reviews were carried out by 15 panels consisting of two to three investigators from different SIAs. The mix of investigators from the 30 SIAs on these panels was fundamental in the sharing of knowledge, best practices and experience at both individual and organizational level. Many European investigators have worked together on the peer review programme with a larger number attending the peer review training, which has, in addition, helped to establish strong and friendly bonds across the SIAs and the EC. The Network has become a living reality.
It is essential to build on this success and to continue to promote mutual support between all European SIA’s, with the primary objective of ensuring that any civil aviation accident, wherever it occurs in Europe, will be properly investigated and that lessons to prevent reoccurrence will be learned and shared. Our challenge remains to do more with constrained resources.
The ENCASIA mutual support system (EMSS) has also completed significant milestones, illustrated by successful accident crisis tabletop exercises in Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovenia, with an active participation of local authorities and SIAs from different countries. EMSS remains a medium/long term project which will certainly allow us to do more to improve effectiveness and harmonization throughout Europe. Another example concerns safety recommendations. They represent a powerful tool for SIAs to initiate dialogues in key safety areas with the addressees. ENCASIA will continue to ensure that such dialogues become better known to stakeholders and to the public thanks to the European database on Safety Recommendations and to the respective websites of the SIAs.
All this is only possible through the active participation of investigators from a number of SIAs in the ENCASIA working groups. They represent an investment in terms of time but in return, they have helped to implement the objectives of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010. I take this opportunity to thank them and encourage more SIAs to join this collective work.
Once again, welcome to our ENCASIA website!
Rémi Jouty, ENCASIA Chairman