Where does it come from?
The launch of a dedicated airspace infringement initiative has been recommended to the EUROCONTROL Safety Team by the Safety Improvement Sub-Group (SISG) at the end of 2005. The SISG analyses on a regular basis the safety data collected by the European states and identifies the so called “key risks areas” or in other words the priority areas, which require the focus of the collective safety improvement efforts.
Safety data analysis performed by many European states, SISG and EUROCONTROL SRC indicate that airspace infringements represent a severe threat to aircraft operations. Numerous ATM incidents have occurred between IFR and VFR flights in controlled airspace. Some of them presented a high risk of collision. Solutions exist, but can only be implemented in collaboration with all actors concerned.
The graph below has been derived from the annual safety reports sent to EUROCONTROL from European states. It clearly indicates that the overall levels of reported risk are increasing. The share of reported AI that has significant to serious safety impact (yellow to red colour) is higher than 40 %.