Safety regulation is concerned with the specification, development and implementation of the baseline rules and recommendations, required to ensure a basic level of safety within the aviation sector. In general safety regulation is the domain of national and international regulatory organisations.
An important feature of safety regulation is that it has to keep up with technological and organisational developments within the sector in order to remain effective. For this reason applicable standards and recommended practices are subject to continuous development and additions. In order to ensure that changes in regulation are effective and operationally acceptable, it is necessary that they are construed on basis of operational experience or well founded theoretical considerations. The Safety Institute supports the regulatory and rulemaking processes by means of providing these underlying analyses.
For several customers NLR-ATSI has provided support to supplement or adapt the current regulatory framework. Examples are:
- Under contract with CAA-NL (IVW) and FAA NLR-ATSI has supported the specification of the Obstacle Free Zones in relation to the introduction of new large aeroplanes;
- Under contract with CAA-NL (IVW) and FAA studies have been performed to improve and supplement the regulations concerning system design and analysis (FAR25.1309);
- Under contract with Eurocontrol verification of ESARR4 requirements is carried out;
- Under contract with the European Commission support has been provided to the preparation of an impact assessment on the extension of EASA competences to ANS, ATM and airports.
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