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Breakthrough in EU-Japan aviation relations

Following Vice-President Tajani’s visit to Tokyo and his constructive talks with the transport Minister of Japan Mr Kaneko, a fare reaching agreement has been achieved which will pave the way to significantly enhance the air transport relations between both sides. Vice-President Tajani has stated “I am extremely pleased that the EU Commission and Japan have agreed to further develop and strengthen their aviation relations. This is indeed good news for our citizens and for our industry. This represents a win-win situation for both sides”…

Following Vice-President Tajani‘s visit to Tokyo and his constructive talks with the transport Minister of Japan Mr Kaneko, a fare reaching agreement has been achieved which will pave the way to significantly enhance the air transport relations between both sides. Vice-President Tajani has stated “I am extremely pleased that the EU Commission and Japan have agreed to further develop and strengthen their aviation relations. This is indeed good news for our citizens and for our industry. This represents a win-win situation for both sides”.

The EC and Japan have agreed:
– the recognition of the European designation of carriers in the bilateral agreements with EU Member States;
– closer cooperation to seek solution in relation to security restrictions on liquids;
– to strengthen the cooperation concerning reciprocal acceptance of certification of aeronautical products thought the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

This closer cooperation may also cover other relevant aviation issues including air traffic management and, in particular, the SESAR programme.

Τhe European Commission also agreed on new rules for the use of data link in air traffic management (ATM) systems in Europe. Data link technology revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots through supplementing voice communications with an air-ground data link. The set of common technical and procedural rules adopted are essential to modernize air traffic management systems within the Single European Sky.

From 1 January 2011, all new aircraft will be equipped with data link technology while existing aircraft need to have it installed by February 2015. Data link technology allows the ground-air transmission of written messages between the air traffic controller and the aircraft’s pilot. Data link services shall be provided in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom by February 2013, while the rest of Europe by February 2015.

The deployment of data link services significantly improves Europe’s airspace capacity: an 11% increase is expected once 75% of aircraft are equipped with this technology.

Benefits are valued at € 875 million by 2025. The deployment of data link technology will also improve safety by reducing the risk of vocal misunderstandings through the use of written communication between pilots and controllers. This promising new legislation complements four Regulations adopted in 2006 and 2007, and contributes to the implementation of the SESAR Master Plan.

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