General
SR Number: 2021-10
Date Issued: 01/07/2021
Addressee: HELLENIC CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (HCAA)
Why this Recommendation was Developed: link_64Synoptic Report E02/2021
Status: CLOSED - Adequate SR_CLOSED
Recommendation

SR Number:

2021-10 -- Date Issued: 01/07/2021
Why this Recommendation was Developed: link_64Synoptic Report E02/2021
Addressee: HELLENIC CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (HCAA)
Status: CLOSED - Adequate
Recommendation: PREAMBLE:

Kavala ATC should have informed D-AICD about the presence, position course and altitude, of the Helicopter in the area of responsibility of Kavala Airport. Furthermore, no information of actual QNH was transmitted to the Helicopter. English Language must at always be used in order for all traffic, in the area, to have situation awareness.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATION 2021-10: HCAA to remind and assure that Kavala Air Traffic Controllers strictly follow Regulations, regarding Air Traffic Management, according to Local, ICAO and EASA regulations
Response

SR Number:

2021-10 -- Date Issued: 01/07/2021
Why this Recommendation was Developed: link_64Synoptic Report E02/2021
Addressee: HELLENIC CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (HCAA)
Status: CLOSED - Adequate
Response: The ΗCAA’s response to the AAIASB safety recommendation 2021-10 was received by e-mail on 15/9/2021 and received the AAIASB incoming document number: 2023/16.09.2021.

[RESPONSE OF THE HCAA]: “Regarding the attached AAIASB safety recommendation 2021-10 concerning the serious incident of A320 D-AICD aircraft (Condor Airlines) which took place on August 16th 2018 at the Kavala ATC unit, we inform you about the actions taken on this matter by air traffic:

1. In accordance with the provisions and following the relevant decision of the competent Directorate (D22/4044/773/03-12-2018), a safety investigation team was set up and the related finding (16 January 2019 edition.1.0) was drawn up [concerning an internal investigation of the HCAA by the DEPARTMENT FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF COMPLETE SAFETY SYSTEM D22] which has been duly notified (Not attached because of size). Among the safety recommendations of the finding were the following:

c. Training Program Changes

1. Integration of lessons from these events in the annual Refresher [annual iterative training programme] of the [Air Traffic Control] unit.

d. Competency Assessments.

1. It is proposed to confirm the operational competence of the involved ATC staff [Air Traffic Controller] in accordance with the provisions.

2. The implementation of the above-mentioned safety recommendations of the finding was intended to ensure that all ATCs [Air Traffic Controllers] of the Kavala ATC Unit comply with the Air Traffic Regulations in accordance with the provisions of the domestic and international (ICAO, EASA) regulatory framework. In order to implement the safety recommendations, the following were implemented:

- Specialised training (04/02/2019) and a reassessment of the business competence of the ATC staff concerned [Air Traffic Controllers], in accordance with the provisions (proof material attached) [Attached documents are not made publicly available by AAIASB]

- Refresher Courses (11/02/2019, 24/02/2020) were organized to inform all ATCs [Air Traffic Controllers] of the Unit on Air Traffic issues (providing supporting material attached) [Attached documents are not made publicly available by AAIASB]

- Meetings of the Egnatia Flight Training Organization with Kavala ATC, for better coordination of air traffic management issues (21-09-2020)

- Updated the Unit’s UTP (Unit Training Plan) and UCS (Unit Competence Scheme) (30-12-2019)

3. On 02/09/2021 it was organised at the initiative of CONDOR Airlines’ safety department, a video conference via Microsoft Teams on “Deconflicting IFR/VFR Traffic in KAVALA”, attended by ATC staff of the Kavala ATC Unit and CFI [Certified Flight Instructor] of the EGNATIA AVIATION Flight Training Organization. (attached Information e-mail from Division D18/IG) [Attached documents are not made publicly available by AAIASB].

At this meeting there was a constructive discussion and exchange of views on operational issues and aviation safety issues. In a subsequent email exchange with the safety officer of CONDOR Airlines, an update was made on the published VFR routes of Kavala and about some local procedures of Egnatia Aviation concerning areas where they operate for their educational needs. The videoconferencing took place in a very positive atmosphere, and there is an open proposal for further communication whenever necessary.

4. On 13 September 2021, with the attached letter D18/9806/13-9-2021, D18 supervisor [D18 is the Directorate for Air Traffic Services of Regional Airports to the Civil Aviation Authority] notified the AAIASB 2021-10 safety recommendation to the Kavala ATC [Air Traffic Control] unit with the following instructions:

A) Signature knowledge of all ATC [air traffic control] personnel of the AAIASB safety recommendation [2021-10] regarding strict compliance with ATM [Air Traffic Management] regulations in accordance with the national, European (EASA) and International (ICAO) regulatory frameworks

B) A refresher course should be carried out as soon as possible, which includes, inter alia, issues of ATM [Air Traffic Management] regulations and in particular separations between all types of traffic (IFR, VFR) for the Kavala ATC unit.

C) To pay close attention to and investigate by all the competent assessors of the unit, if there are issues of competence between the ATC staff [Air Traffic Control staff] of the unit and in particular those involved in relevant safety incidents.

D) To be examined by the unit whether additional measures or other actions than those referred to in this document are required to ensure the implementation of the specific safety recommendation of the AAIASB [2021-10] and inform the Directorate.

We remain at your disposal for any clarifications or information available”

[Attached documents are not made publicly available by AAIASB]

[AAIASB assessed this response as “Adequate” on 30/9/2021 (Board meeting) and changed the SR 2021-10 status to “Closed”]
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