EASA Aviation Security Considerations related to European Council Regulation 2018/1139

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SofemaOnline www.sofemaonline.com takes a look at the regulatory requirements and typical member state deliverables

National State Responsibilities typically include the following:

▪ Developing the Overall policy and strategy on aviation security

▪ Ensuring the development and implementation of the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP)

▪ Ensuring the development and implementation of the National Quality Control Programme (NQCP)

▪ Intelligence-based assessments of risk to aviation which underpin the NASP and NQCP

▪ Representing the state during international debates and forums

▪ Accepting responsibility for the discharge of the States international aviation security obligations

▪ Maintaining good relations with foreign states, including when necessary the provision of assistance

▪ Engagement with other Government Departments and agencies having an interest in aviation security matters

▪ Commissioning and playing an active part in research relating to aviation security

▪ Incident management - the overall management of significant aviation security incidents

Competent Authority Obligations & Responsibilities typically include the following:

▪ Regulation - the CA should review all aviation security directives currently in force and makes recommendations as appropriate regarding those directives

▪ Compliance and enforcement - the CA typically appoints authorised persons (i.e. Auditors) to carry out observations, inspections, audits and tests, and takes enforcement action if necessary

▪ Provide advice, guidance and assistance related to aspects of Aviation Security as may be required

▪ Advice and assistance to other persons - the CA provides advice and assistance to managers of aerodromes and operators of aircraft registered or operating in the member state

Specific Elements referenced from Basic Regulation 2018/1139

Annex I Legislative Acts

(20) In view of the increasing reliance of civil aviation on modern information and communication technologies essential requirements should be laid down to ensure the security of information used by the civil aviation sector. 

Annex V Essential requirements for Air Operations

6. Continuing airworthiness and environmental compatibility of products

6.6. It is the responsibility of the aircraft operator to ensure that a third party performing the maintenance complies with the operator's safety and security requirements.

8.4. The aircraft operator must develop and maintain security programmes adapted to the aircraft and the type of operation including particularly: (a) security of the flight crew compartment; (b) aircraft search procedure checklist; (c) training programmes; and (d) protection of electronic and computer systems to prevent intentional and non-intentional system interference and corruption. 8.5. When security measures may adversely affect the safety of operations, the risks must be assessed and appropriate procedures developed to mitigate safety risks, this may necessitate the use of specialist equipment.

Annex VII Essential Requirements for Aerodromes


4.1. Responsibilities of the ground handling services provider

f) The provider shall ensure that its personnel is physically and mentally fit to execute their functions satisfactorily, taking into account the type of activity and in particular its potential safety and safety-related security impact.

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