Aero Glossary Project
Date: 31/10/2011

Are you are an aviation industry professional or just aviation enthusiast? Try the www.glossary.aero web site.

The web site contains more than 12 000 Abbreviations, 2000+ Aircraft codes, 8000+ Airline codes, 5000+ ATC Callsigns, 42 000+ Airport codes, Country codes, Registration prefixes and many more. The aim of the search engine is to become a single point of reference for the abbreviated world of aviation.

Additionally, you will find more than 1000 official definitions and terms. All specific to the aviation industry, the definitions have been gathered from different sources like: ICAO, EUROCONTROL and FAA. Also, many definitions not found in any government publications are included.

Moreover you may try Aero Glossary mobile applications for Apple, Android and Windows Phone. Mobile applications contain a handy offline database as a reference source for the aviation people. No internet connection is required to search, nearly 30 000 aviation terms are defined, powerful search function using just the first few letters of a word.

Search wherever you go with Aero Glossary mobile applications.

SKYbrary Content Development Project
Date: 18/04/2011

With ever-changing information in Europe’s aviation and air traffic control industry and stakeholders across nearly 40 countries, a single point of reference was needed. EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, selected CIS for "SKYbrary Content Development Support" Project. More information about SKYbrary you may find on: SKYbrary

SKYbrary is an initiative of EUROCONTROL, ICAO, and The Flight Safety Foundation aimed to collect and consolidate the safety knowledge elements developing a comprehensive source of aviation safety information and making it available to users worldwide.

SKYbrary is aimed to become a single point of reference for aviation safety knowledge and to provide the technical means for exchange of users’ opinions on the various aspects of aviation safety by dedicated discussion functionalities. The SKYbrary knowledge base is a dynamic product and will require continuous and active support by all moderators and experts who are contributing to and maintaining SKYbrary portal.

ES2 WP1-11 Workshop, Brussels
Date: 17/03/2011

On 15-16 March 2011, CIS team participated in the ES2 WP1-11 Workshop which took place at the EUROCONTROL Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. CIS team presented the results of "SMS cost model validation and link to safety maturity" project including software tool called ABC Tool.

CIS presentation included SMS cost validation results (1 large ANSP, 2 midium ANSPs and 1 small ANSP), several versions of Safety Maturity tasks and Administration Burden Cost estimation Tool (ABC Tool). The presentation of CIS was very well accepted from the workshop participants.

SKYbrary - Semantic Metadata Article Codification
Date: 03/01/2011

Main priority of EUROCONTROL is to support the enhancement of Air Traffic Management safety at a Pan-European scale. As part of its mission, the responsible safety unit is initiating Europe-wide safety improvement initiatives based on the risk-derived priorities involving the whole aviation community.

SKYbrary is an initiative of EUROCONTROL, ICAO, and The Flight Safety Foundation aimed to collect and consolidate the safety knowledge elements developing a comprehensive source of aviation safety information and making it available to users worldwide.

Aviation safety is considered highest priority in aviation and should take precedence over commercial, operational, environmental or social pressures, constraints and considerations.

The general objective of this project is to ensure the integration of safety information made available by ICAO and to update current SKYbrary content to make use of the newly integrated semantic features for the benefit of the users.

The recent enhancement of SKYbrary technical platform with semantic media-wiki provides the ability to capture or identify information about the data within pages, and the relationships between pages, in ways that can be easily queried by users or exported like a database. This software enhancement provides for ease of navigation through the wealth of information accumulated in the knowledgebase, selection and retrieval of the desired information by users who do not have experience with more sophisticated search mechanisms and algorithms.

Safety Culture Surveys & Implementation Support
Date: 15/08/2010

With the demand on the European Air Traffic Network forecast to double by 2020, it is imperative that risks are reduced, and improved integrity and the safety of the network is maintained. These pressures, coupled with those associated with the current global financial difficulties, point to the importance of having a strong Safety Culture foundation. ANSPs are under constant pressure to reduce costs but increase efficiency without compromising safety. The EUROCONTROL Safety Improvement programmes are integral to ensuring this.

A key element of EUROCONTROL’s Safety Improvement activity is the Safety Culture Surveys that are being undertaken within Air Navigation Service Providers across Europe. The approach used for these surveys was initially developed in 2004 and a number of ANSPs have undergone a Safety Culture Survey within their organisation, two of which have completed a second survey, with results indicated a marked improvement in some safety culture elements. The approach involves both qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis.

EUROCONTROL, along with CANSO and the FAA, have determined the strategic importance of Safety Culture as a basis for sustainable safety in ATM. This was further validated during a meeting in December 2008 between CEOs of ANSPs across Europe, where participants agreed to hold a Safety Culture Survey within their organisation by the end of 2013. This programme of work is now well under way.

Safety culture is recognised as a key predictor of safety performance in a number of industries (including nuclear, chemical, and offshore and rail). The culture within the organisation has an implicit and strong effect on the behaviour of employees. Employee awareness, understanding and motivation, as well as their attitudes, perceptions and beliefs, all influence this culture - something that is often taken for granted by those working within an organisation.

CIS is proud to announce that will provide expert support to EUROCONTROL during the ESP+ Safety Culture Surveys and will provide Implementation Support, with people who have a background in undertaking ATM Safety Culture Surveys and who have experience of supporting organisations.

SMS cost model validation and link to safety maturity
Date: 09/06/2010

On 2 June 2010, EUROCONTROL chose CIS as main executant of "SMS cost model validation and link to safety maturity" project. The new project is a natural continuation of SMS Cost Model project which was accepted very well from aviation community in 2008/2009.

The present project is a part of the ESP+ (The European Safety Programme) programme which focuses on priority safety-improvement actions agreed with and implemented by stakeholders in a central and coordinated manner. It is designed to ensure that Air Traffic Management (ATM) safety is safeguarded throughout the period of major development and change currently under way.

Any future development of ATM is now to be considered from a performance-based viewpoint. Developments in the Single European Sky area impose certain safety aspects as an integral part of the performance approach. Within this approach, comprehensive measurement systems, as an element of the quantitative safety assessment, are essential for adequate feedback, report progress and support for decision-making in the area of safety.

SKYbrary Development Team Meeting, Brussels
Date: 05/02/2010

On 2 Feb. 2010, CIS participated in the 5th biannual SKYbrary Team Meeting which took place at the EUROCONTROL Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Some of the objectives of the meeting were to review progress against previously agreed development objectives and to agree on content development priorities for the next one year rolling period. During the meeting agreement on various possible solutions and measures in response to identified issues was reached and further promotion initiatives were identified.

A number of the achievements were accomplished during the previous year, more importantly the overall site’s content has grown and improved. In addition many categories which were in development phase reached their critical mass. The number of registered SKYbrary users doubled over the last year, as well as the number of unique visitors per day which is illustrative for the successful development and maturity of the SKYbrary.

Some of the new objectives for the Team are to respond to the common initiative of ICAO and EUROCONTROL on the provision of contextual and safety assurance information for changes to SARPS and PANS using the SKYbrary platform.

The strategic content development priority was established to comprise commercial flight operations (including ATM) with possible extension to other areas, such as general aviation and helicopter operations.

The SKYbrary Development Team has grown substantially. Renowned aviation professionals (such as the Chief Executive at UK Flight Safety Committee and numerous EUROCONTROL experts ) joined the Team and new strategic partnership with the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) was established.

SASI CEOs' Meeting, Paris
Date: 12/11/2009

CIS General Manager participated in the SASI CEOs' meeting 5-09 held in ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Office in Paris, France.

The SASI Project (Support for ANSPs for Safety Management Systems Implementation) was set up in 2004 to help ANPSs define and implement Safety Management Systems compliant with ESARRs and SES related Legislation. During 2009 it was noted with great satisfaction that many of the SASI States now have reached and passed the SASI objective of 70% maturity. Focussing on how to enhance the implementation of SMS, the elements of the SMS improvements mentioned below were considered as essential:

  • Governance Principle of Management Systems
  • Safety KPIs
  • Cost of SMS

The three issues are intrinsically linked because applying these provisions enables ANSP seniour management to identify areas for improvements and make out the cost of SMS.

CIS team presented SMS Cost model as part of the workshop agenda. CIS SMS Cost model was recognised as the best solution to estimate SMS day-to-day and implementation costs. More information about working sessions you may find on:

EUROCONTROL 2009 SASI Working Sessions

Honoured speakers during the working session in Paris were experts as Mr. Karsten THEIL - Regional Director of European and North Atlantic Office of ICAO, Dr. Erik MERCKX - EUROCONTROL CND Deputy Director, Tony LICU - ND SSHF Activities Manager and SASI Executive Board Members.

Compass Innovative Solutions - New Vision
Date: 01/09/2009

Our company has launched its new identity and website on 1 September 2009. The rebrand comes after a year of major growth within the company. Once a traditional IT consultancy company, CIS has evolved into a consultancy company specialised in ATM Safety, ATM Financial Analysis, ATC Operations, ATM Strategy and IT development and business support.

There has been a strong need to make CIS identity more prominent for the company’s customers. The customers will see the company more clearly as an international partner with a strong offering on the market.

“My team and I feel that our new corporate identity really reflects the direction we have begun to take as a company. It is unique, it is powerful, and it gives us a platform in which to build a brand and story that our clients can clearly identify with,” said General Manager of CIS. “We have embraced the demands of both our local and international clients and the ever-changing world of aviation and will continue to fulfil their needs under our new vision.”

Our new vision is aimed to be the customer’s natural choice of reliable partner. All activities take place on the basis of a customer perspective with high professionalism and expertise. CIS is not just a consultant or a service company, but a partner tailored to client’s needs.

SKYbrary Development Team Meeting, London
Date: 01/07/2009

On 1 July 2009, CIS participated in the 4th SKYbrary Development Team meeting (www.skybrary.aero) which took place in Royal Air Force Club in London. During the meeting a review of achievements of the SKYbrary project was made and strategic objectives for the next two years were set.

A representative of CIS presented a progress report on identified issues and suggested improvement solutions to the discussion forum related to SKYbrary. As result different methods for receiving improved feedback from Users ware acknowledged. During course of the meeting content development priorities for the period of 2009 – 2010 together with augmentation of existing design and new technical objectives were decided and agreed upon.

SKYBrary Support Project
Date: 15/03/2009

With ever-changing information in Europe’s aviation and air traffic control industry and stakeholders across nearly 40 countries, a single point of reference was needed. EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, selected CIS for "SKYbrary facilitation and content management support" Project.

Main priority of EUROCONTROL is to support the enhancement of Air Traffic Management safety at a Pan-European scale. As part of its mission, the responsible safety unit is initiating Europe-wide safety improvement initiatives based on the risk-derived priorities involving the whole aviation community. The main working and consultation body managing the initiatives is the EUROCONTROL Safety Improvement Sub-Group (SISG). SISG safety improvement processes deliver end products that have safety knowledge elements within.

SKYbrary is an initiative of EUROCONTROL, ICAO, and The Flight Safety Foundation aimed to collect and consolidate the safety knowledge elements developing a comprehensive source of aviation safety information and making it available to users worldwide.

SKYbrary is aimed to become a single point of reference for aviation safety knowledge and to provide the technical means for exchange of users’ opinions on the various aspects of aviation safety by dedicated discussion functionalities. The SKYbrary knowledge base is a dynamic product and will require continuous and active support by all moderators and experts who are contributing to and maintaining SKYbrary portal.

The Director General of Eurocontrol, David McMillan, shared his thoughts on SKYbrary at the meeting of Eurocontrol’s Provisional Council saying, “SKYbrary is an accurate, exciting, and well designed webpage, using modern technology to create a unique resource for the aviation community.”

SMS Cost Model Workshop, EUROCONTROL HQ
Date: 05/03/2009

The workshop took place on 05 March 2009 at EUROCONTROL in Brussels. CIS team was the major contributor to SMS Cost Model Workshop. Our team presented such developed SMS Cost Model and its prototype. The aim of cost modelling is to reveal the interdependencies within a business process and serve as a management tool for improvement of the respective process. The SMS Cost Model itself and its prototype were accepted very well from the participants of the forum.

The purpose of the SMS cost modelling project and the performed pilot validation of the cost model is to assess the feasibility of collecting pertinent data and estimating the cost incurred for the development, implementation, day-to-day operations and maintenance of a Safety Management System by an air navigation service provider.

According to ESARR 3 the scope of a Safety Management System shall cover all ATM and supporting services which are under the managerial control of the service provider. Today, only partial information is available about the real costs induced by the development, implementation and maintenance of a Safety Management System, including the costs of resources devoted to safety management activities. These activities are described in detail in the EUROCONTROL Generic Safety Management Manual.

The scope of the Safety Management System used for the modelling purpose has been set to encompass all safety management procedures, processes and organisational arrangements needed to achieve full compliance with ESARR 3 and EC Regulation 2096/2005 requirements.

An initial validation of the Safety Management System cost model has been performed with the support of a medium size ANSP that serves between 500,000 and 1,000,000 IFR flights per annum. The pilot validation carried out with an ANSP demonstrated that:

  • The model can be used to establish the full cost of the SMS of an ANSP, including hidden and variable cost taking into account inflation and annual increase of staff remuneration;
  • The model can be used to establish the cost of the various SMS procedures and processes developed at different level of maturity;
  • The model can provide indication about the level of maturity of the SMS procedures and processes deployed by a service provider;
  • The model provides for establishment of SMS costs at different levels of granularity. The more detailed data is provided, the more accurate will be the cost estimation;
  • The hidden costs of SMS implementation and operation are considerable. Such costs are generated by the participation of a great number of operational and engineering staff to relatively short training and awareness sessions for the respective safety procedures. The training sessions generate not only human effort expenses but also expenses for the venue and training equipment used.


Airspace Infringement Action Plan
Date: 01/01/2009

The Action plan is the key deliverable of the Airspace Infringement Initiative. It presents the agreed set of safety improvement actions and provides guidance on how they can best be implemented.

The plan was developed with the support and active contribution of the organisations representing the airspace users, service providers, regulatory and military authorities: International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (European region), International Air Transport Association, national federations and aero club associations, national civil aviation administrations, air navigation service providers (civil and military), the European Commission and EUROCONTROL.

In addition, many hundreds of individual general aviation (GA) pilots contributed to the work and supported this pan-European safety improvement effort.

Download: Airspace Infringement Action Plan

SMS Cost Model Project
Date: 30/10/2008

CIS started a new project "Cost-Model for the Development, Maintenance and Day-to-day Operations of a Safety Management System" for EUROCONTROL. A kick-off meeting was held on 24/10/2008 in EUROCONTROL HQ, Brussels. It is expected CIS to complete the project in March, 2009.

Only partial information is available on the real costs induced by the development and maintenance of a Safety Management System (SMS), including the costs related to the resources devoted to safety management activities.

Initial rough estimates for the staffing of safety management activities are available in the EUROCONTROL document “Best Practices for the Staffing of Safety Management Activities”. These estimates need further refinement and validation taking into account the effort required for day-to-day operation of the Safety Management System by small, medium and large air navigation service provider organisations. EUROCONTROL has developed a Generic Safety Management Manual (EGSMM). This Manual identifies the individual safety management procedures, which need to be considered in this project for the SMS cost estimation. Cost estimates should include all cost components, including training effort for building the needed staff safety management skills.

It is expected that the size of the service provider organisation (small, medium and large) will have an impact on the amount of efforts needed for the development and implementation of the safety management procedures and processes. Different SMS development approaches are possible ranging form the sole use of internal resources to contracting out the major efforts for its development. Analysing these approaches in relation to the organisation’s size will help establish the optimum one for each of the above-mentioned categories of service providers.

Airspace Infringement Reporting Point
Date: 29/05/2008

CIS project Airspace Infringement Reporting Point provoked great interest in the aviation community. Therefore CIS management took a decision to continue maintenance of the reporting point nevertheless of the completion of the contract with EUROCONTROL.

Airspace Infringement Workshop - EUROCONTROL HQ
Date: 30/01/2008

Launched in the beginning of 2006, the Airspace Infringement Safety Initiative is an important thread within the ESP Activity Filed 5 – Safety Management Enhancement. The main objective is to develop an European-wide Action plan for airspace infringement risk reduction.

The Airspace infringement workshop – Mastering the European Solution - is considered a major step towards the achievement of the initiative objective. It cumulates the efforts undertaken by various stakeholders (civil and military service providers, GA establishments, Agency) during the initial development phase aimed at the identification of the actual causal factors and promising risk mitigation strategies and means.

The workshop took place on 24 January 2008 at EUROCONTROL in Brussels and enabled:
  • Consolidation of the knowledge acquired in the initiative development phase
  • Identication of the potential impact of planned ATM developments in the short and medium term on the airspace infrigement risk
  • Identification of safety improvement recommandations to support the establishment of a European action plan for airspace infringement risk reduction.

CIS team presented General Aviation Airspace Infringement Survey.

General Aviation Airspace Infringement Survey
Date: 17/12/2007

CIS completed the project General Aviation Airspace Infringement Survey. The survey was carried out in the period July - October 2007. More than 1000 pilots from 24 European countries and USA provided answers to all or some of the questions asked.

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