The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the civil aviation agency of the European Union, has welcomed a decision by the European Commission (EC) to bring air traffic management (ATM) into EASA’s regulatory framework.

According to the aviation safety agency, the new set of rules lays the groundwork for a more efficient and uniform approach to operations improvement in support of the Single European Sky initiative.

The EC issued a new set of regulations that are set to ensure “interoperability across the systems and equipment” for ATM systems.

EASA executive director Luc Tytgat said: “This publication marks a key milestone for the modernisation of the European air traffic management system.

“For the first time, there will be a single EU regulatory framework covering all aviation domains on the ground and in the sky, driving the transformation of the air transport system.”

The framework establishes standardised rules for ATM equipment certification as well as procedures for the authorisation of organisations engaged in the manufacturing process.

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The new approach recognises the critical role and duty of equipment providers in providing fit-for-purpose solutions to the EU market that fulfil the necessary level of operational performance, a standard set by the EC.

Furthermore, in a statement released by the EC, they stated that the new regulations “strengthen EASA’s role as certifying authority for both airborne and ground equipment, ensuring that both are done consistently.”