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EASA Safety Groups

Latest update 15/04/2016: please see below for more details.


The European Commercial Aviation Safety Team (ECAST) was one of the safety teams within the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI) which addressed large fixed wing aircraft operations with the aim of enhancing commercial aviation safety in Europe. ECAST achievements included the production of numerous best practice materials, such as the ARMS methodology, guidance on SMS implementation, on Safety Culture and on Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), a Ramp Resource Management training syllabus, the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions (EAPPRI) and the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions (EAPPRE), and Lithium batteries risk awareness material.

At the ‘Special ECAST Meeting’ on 22 March 2016 it was decided to discontinue the initiative and to transfer the ECAST functions and resources to the other teams involved in the European Safety Risk Management (SRM) system.

The future EASA Safety Groups and/or forums that will take over existing responsibilities and work plan from ECAST will include:

  • Collaborative Analysis Group (CAG) & Fixed Wing (FW)
  • SAFE (Safety Aviation Forum for Europe)
  • Data4Safety (Big Data – European programme for aviation safety)

ERA's Position

The aforementioned groups/forums will continue contributing to the identification of high risk areas and running collaborative projects to produce effective safety solutions and products offered to stakeholders in Europe. ERA will continue to monitor these activities and will either be represented or attend future meetings, whenever possible, especially if agenda items of interest to ERA members are proposed for discussion.


Latest update 15/04/2016: A ‘Special ECAST Meeting’ held on 22 March 2016, and the minutes from this meeting can be found via the download button.

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