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ERA discusses key issues at JURG meeting

The Joint User Requirement Group (JURG), a long-established airline working group concerned with avionic and airspace compliance within Europe and beyond held its autumn meeting in Brussels on 6–7 November, at which ERA was in attendance representing members.

The Communication Navigation Surveillance – Air Traffic Management (CNS-ATM) Joint User Requirements Group (JURG) is a European airspace user group, established under the joint auspices of the IATA Regional Director Safety and Flight Operations (RSFO)) Europe and other airspace user associations.

The key objective of the JURG is to join forces in order to achieve and strengthen common member airline positions speaking with one voice on CNS-ATM related matters as regards to European aviation organisations, states, authorities and the aviation industry whilst taking into account global CNS ATM developments.

Technical and operational issues resulting from Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) - Air Traffic Management (ATM) strategies, developments and implementations, affecting civil airspace users (AUs)  are key subject matters for JURG activities.

The JURG provides a European platform to inform, discuss, create and advocate balanced advices based on members experience while ensuring global interoperability.

ERA participates in JURG meetings and attended the most recent, 72nd meeting held in Brussels 6-7 November. A number of important matters of particular relevance to airline members were included in the agenda and the forum provided an opportunity to discuss with the European Commission, EASA, the SESAR Deployment Manager and other airline and association stakeholders issues such as the implementation of datalink services, and progress made in the field of Controller Pilot Datalink Communication and the Surveillance Performance Interoperability Regulation with specific focus on ADS-B Out implementation.

Both issues are contentious from the perspective that for datalink, where member states and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) were mandated to lead implementation, it is clear that some states have not made the mandate of February 2018. The European Commission has stated that they have written to errant member states requesting an update to implementation and are considering penalties for miscreants. Although encouraging to hear, from the point of view of the airspace user community, this does not inspire confidence in the maturity of a Europe-wide CPDLC capability by the time of the airspace user equipage deadline of 2020.

SESAR Deployment Manager is currently consulting with stakeholders concerning ADS-B equipage and was quick to recognise the value that ERA members have added to their recent implementation survey – much data critical to determining a plan for possible exemptions was provided by member airlines. It appears that the SDM is confident that a ‘critical mass’ of airspace users will be compliant by 7 June 2020 and therefore ANSPs will have more than sufficient data to ‘test’ the integrity of ADS-B as a cooperative surveillance layer beneath Mode-S Secondary Surveillance Radar.

The SDM has a meeting with EASA and the EC next week to report their findings so far and it is expected that a framework for possible exemptions will be drafted thereafter.

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