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EACCC21 Volcanic Ash Preparedness Workshop

EACCC21 Volcanic Ash Preparedness Workshop

30 November 2021: Following the VOLCEX21 exercise, held in mid-November, a ‘Preparedness Workshop’ on volcanic ash operations in the ICAO EUR/NAT region was run by the European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell (EACCC) at EUROCONTROL in Brussels on 17 November.

The main objective of the workshop was to take account of the related procedural/tool developments since the big impact on aviation from the Icelandic volcano eruption back in 2010 and the results received so far (in case we would have a similar eruption today). A news item at https://www.eurocontrol.int/news/11-years-after-eruption-icelandic-volcano-eyjafjallajokull refers.

An important milestone has been the merging of the ICAO EUR and NAT Volcanic Ash Contingency Plans (VACP) in 2016 transferring responsibility for operational decision-making in volcanic ash situations to the aircraft operators

An economic impact assessment shows that resulting from the improvements since 2010, an estimated €1.5 billion would be saved across the aviation industry for a similar eruption.

The presentation on the ICAO VACP can be accessed here.

The economic impact assessment can be accessed here.

The agenda from the meeting is available here. Please contact nick.rhodes@eraa.org should you wish to receive any specific presentations from the meeting or require further details.

In the New Year, ERA will hold a webinar on the outcomes from VOLCEX21 and the ongoing discussions surrounding the evolution of the EACCC.

 

16 November 2021: The European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell (EACCC) has supported the aviation industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. An overview of the response by the EACCC and potential improvements have been collated in a recent published report.

The objective of this report is to provide an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic response by the EACCC and a provisional evaluation of the efficacy of the actions performed by the EACCC.

In its current form, it is a baseline document for a more elaborate discussion about possible improvements for future crisis responses.

It consists of an overview of the EACCC organisation and objectives, comparison of the responses with the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/123

The following recommendations were put forward:

  • The EU aviation crisis management framework and associated tools needs to evolve to man-age crisis affecting aviation and not only network crisis.
  • The role definitions and coordination between EACCC and Network Directors of Operations (NDOP) needs to be clarified.
  • The expectation regarding EACCC role, scope and its objectives need to be clarified in light of the COVID-19 experience.
  • The level of participation (expert, senior etc.) to EACCC could be harmonized according to its objectives (co-ordination or decision making). This could further facilitate the discussions within the EACCC.
  • In case of crisis affecting aviation, there is a need to explore what could be the role of EACCC in influencing the decisions to be taken by other sectors and impacting aviation, and how the aviation crisis management body/EACCC could interact with other appropriate organisations.
  • The intersectoral co-operation can, and should, be improved.

The chairs (Iacopo Prissinotti, Director Network Manager & Christine Berg, Head Single Sky DG MOVE) will now discuss how to progress these recommendations over the forthcoming months.

To access the report (locked for members only), please click here.