For the 17th edition of their Safety Bulletin, EUROCONTROL's Voluntary ATM Incident Reporting (EVAIR) cooperated with IATA’s Safety Trend Evaluation and Data Exchange System (STEADES) to produce both European and global ATM safety statistics and trends.
Some 15,000 pilots’ reports were sent to EVAIR in the period 2011-2015. Over the last five years, EVAIR has worked with around 340 aircraft operators. ANSPs also regularly send reports: about 25,000 were received in the 2011-2015 period. Most reports are issued on a daily basis.
One of the most important features of EVAIR’s reporting is the feedback process. We reply to reports by identifying causes of the safety issue raised and suggest measures that can be taken to help resolve the problems quickly.
Over the last five years, the average time for giving feedback was 72 days. We have been working on streamlining our feedback processes and were glad that it took an average of just 39.5 days in 2015.
EVAIR has added two new areas to the ones it habitually covers: RPAS/Drones and GPS outages. Other areas covered in the Bulletin include:
go-around (although a normal phase of flight, go-arounds are associated with other safety issues)
call sign similarity
loss of communication
Besides presenting an analysis of the reports received as well as a summary of conclusions, the EVAIR Safety Bulletin also provides useful references and links to safety plans and tools.