Aero Organisations

Aero Organisations play a major role in the aviation world. This section of your international aviation news magazine provides you with regular articles and news from international and European aeronautical organisations, outlining the roles of the relevant bodies of these Air Navigation organisations, some current issues, and the functions and areas for which they are responsible.

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

FAA Headquarters
Office of Public Affairs
800 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 908
Washington, DC 20591
Tel.: 001 202-267-3883

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 created the agency, under the name Federal Aviation Agency. We adopted our present name in 1967 when we became a part of the Department of Transportation. The FAA’s major roles include:

  • regulating civil aviation to promote safety;
  • encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology;
  • developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft;
  • researching and developing the National Airspace System and civil aeronautics;
  • developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation; and
  • regulating U.S. commercial space transportation. (Back to top)


Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)
Saturnusstraat 8-10
PO Box 3000 2130 KA Hoofddorp
The Netherlands
Tel: 31 23 5679 741
E-mail : [email protected]
Website :

The JAA is a registered trust based in Holland and is funded by its members. The individual JAA National Aviation Authorities, as contracting states to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), still retain, for their state, full responsibility for the standards and recommended practices designated in each ICAO annex. Consequently, the United Kingdom Civilian Aviation Authority (UKCAA) still retains full responsibility for the issue of all UK approvals, certificates and licenses, even though they may have been issued against a requirement issued by the JAA. The JAA is responsible for administration and technical implementation of the arrangements document, signed by the member states in Cyprus in 1990, which commits them to co-operate in all aspects related to aircraft safety. The document (Cyprus 11 September 1990) is concerned with the development, acceptance and implementation of Joint Aviation requirements for aircraft design, manufacture, continued airworthiness and a consistent level of safety throughout the member states. (Back to top)


Experimental Aircraft Association - Aviation Center (EAA)
Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc.
EAA Aviation Center
3000 Poberezny Road
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Tel.: +1 920.426.4800
Website :

EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. EAA was founded in 1953. Through the decades, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft. More importantly, the organization focused on people, offering the opportunity to make new aviation friends and form relationships while encouraging the sharing of information, stories and enthusiasm. The focus of EAA is communication, through our publications, Chapter network, websites, AirVenture and numerous other programs. There is literally something for everyone. (Back to top)


EUROCAE - The European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment

17, rue Hamelin
75783 Paris Cedex 16
Tel.: 33 (0)1 45 05 71 88
E-mail: [email protected]

EUROCAE, a non-profit Association, was established in 1963 in Lucerne (Switzerland) on the initiative of european aviation equipments manufacturers. Since the 1960's, EUROCAE’s main activity has been the design and production of standards, technical specifications and other documents which are used as the basis for European National Airworthiness Authorities regulations to the benefit of the aviation community as a whole. In recent years EUROCAE has extended its remit to include ground systems as well as airborne systems. This approach recognises the increasing level of integration of ground and airborne equipment and the need for standards to encompass the complete service delivery chain. This level of system integration, being increasingly extended across the airport and airline domains, has led EUROCAE to anticipate and start works in these areas. (Back to top)


European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Post fach 10 12 53
D – 50452 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 89990000
E-mail: [email protected]

The European Aviation Safety Agency is an agency of the European Union which has been given specific regulatory and executive tasks in the field of aviation safety. The Agency constitutes a key part of the European Union's strategy to establish and maintain a high uniform level of civil aviation safety in Europe. EASA’s main tasks are:

  • To assist the European Commission in preparing legislation, and support the Member States and industry in putting the legislation into effect;
  • To adopt our own certification specifications and guidance material, conduct technical inspections and issue certificates where centralised action is more efficient;
  • To assist the European Commission in monitoring the application of European Community legislation.
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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
NATO Headquarters
Blvd Leopold III
1110 Brussels
E-mail: [email protected]
Website :

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is an alliance of 26 countries from North America and Europe committed to fulfilling the goals of the North Atlantic Treaty signed on 4 April 1949. In accordance with the Treaty, the fundamental role of NATO is to safeguard the freedom and security of its member countries by political and military means. NATO is playing an increasingly important role in crisis management and peacekeeping. (Back to top)


EUROCONTROL - The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
Rue de la Fusée 96
1130 Brussels
Tel. : +32 (0)2 729 9011
Website :

EUROCONTROL is the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. This civil and military Organisation which currently numbers 34 Member States, has as its primary objective the development of a seamless, pan-European Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. The achievement of this objective is a key element to the present and future challenges facing the aviation community, which are to cope with the forecast growth in air traffic, while maintaining a high level of safety, reducing costs, and respecting the environment. EUROCONTROL develops, coordinates and plans for implementation of short-, medium- and long-term pan-European air traffic management strategies and their associated action plans in a collective effort involving national authorities, air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports, industry, professional organisations and relevant European institutions. (Back to top)


European Commission
Energy and Transport DG

Postal address: Rue de la Loi 200 - 1049 Brussels
Office: Rue J.-A. Demot 24-28 - 1040 Brussels
Web site:

The Energy and Transport Directorate-General began operations on 1 January 2000 following the merger of the Transport and the Energy Directorates-General. It is headed by François Lamoureux and has a staff of around 1000, some 700 of whom work in Brussels in the seven directorates and the Euratom Supply Agency. The Euratom Saftguards Office, which was attached to the Directorate-General under a recent reorganisation, is based in Luxembourg and employs about 300 people. In addition to developing Community policies in these areas, and processing State aid dossiers, the Directorate-General manages the funding programmes for trans-European networks, technological development and innovation. The main themes of the European Energy and Transport policy are:

  • completing the internal market in energy and transport;
  • ensuring sustainable development of transport and energy;
  • space management and deployment of major networks in Europe;
  • improving safety;
  • accomplishing enlargement;
  • developing practical international co-operation and strengthening the European Union’s voice in the international arena. (Back to top)


Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI)
Avenue Mon-Repos 24
CH-1004 Lausanne
Tel. : +41 (0)21 345 10 70
Website :

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, F.A.I., the world's air sports federation, was founded in 1905.It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organisation with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide. Ever growing, FAI is now an organisation of some 100 member-countries. F.A.I. activities include the establishment of rules for the control and certification of world aeronautical and astronautical records. FAI establishes regulations for air sporting events, which are organised by member countries throughout the world. FAI also promotes skill, proficiency and safety in aeronautics. FAI confers medals, diplomas and other awards to those who have contributed to the achievement of these aims as well as for work done in the restoration of old aircraft. In achieving these goals, FAI brings together people who take part in air sports from all over the world. They share the delight of gliding, the excitement of parachuting and ballooning, the fun of flying microlights and exercise their skill in aerobatics. (Back to top)


International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA)
1255 University Street
Suite 408
Montreal, Quebec
H3B 3B6
Tel.: +1514-866-7040
E-mail: [email protected]

IFATCA has been representing Air Traffic Controllers for more than 40 years, and has more than 50,000 members in over 125 countries. Amongst it's goals are the promotion of safety, regularity in international air navigation, and the protection and safeguarding of the interests of the Air Traffic Control profession. The goals of the Federation are:

  • To promote safety, efficiency, and regularity in international air navigation.
  • To assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of air traffic control and new procedures and facilities.
  • To promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among air traffic controllers.
  • To closely cooperate with international and national aviation authorities and institutions concerned with air navigation.
  • To sponsor and support the passage of legislation and regulations which will increase and protect the safety of air navigation.
  • To strive for a world-wide federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations. (Back to top)


European Cockpit Association (ECA)
Rue du Commerce 41
B-1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 (0)2 705 32 93
E-mail: [email protected]

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) was formed in 1991 as an autonomous group of National Flight Crew Associations, representing their members’ interests at the European Institutions. Based in Brussels, ECA presently has 22 member associations, representing over 34.000 pilots from 22 countries. ECA is first and foremost concerned with aviation safety. This is best maintained with well-trained crews, along with harmonised regulations for flight crew licences and operations, flight and duty time limitations, rigorous air traffic management procedures, and good employment and working conditions. ECA actively participates in decision-making on all issues concerning aviation, and also exchanges information between member associations. ECA also works closely with IFALPA (International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations) to ensure full consistency with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) provisions. ECA and its members wish to play a fully active and responsible role in the development of a sound and harmonious growth of the air transport industry. (Back to top)


European Aeronautical Group (EAG)
SE-195 87 Stockholm
Visiting address:
Hammarbacken 12, Sollentuna
Tel : +46 8 797 1824
E-mail: [email protected]

European Aeronautical Group (EAG) is a company operating in the navigation information sector. Our services encompass all navigational needs and requirements, especially tailored for airline operations. Legibility and user-friendly systems at cost-efficient rates are our hallmarks. Ever since 1946, when Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was founded, through the formation of an independent subsidiary in 1995 and the acquisition of Thales Aeronautical Service Group, the company’s name has represented:

  • technological developments in the field of air navigation, such as polar navigation
  • a complete range of Flight support products
  • the business concept to be provider for airlines
  • services offered by airline people to other airline people

Today the company has grown to meet the needs of about 80 different airlines. For them, European Aeronautical Group is a reliable source of knowledge when it comes to Route documentation, Flight planning, Airport analysis, Engine failure procedures and FMS data. (Back to top)


Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)
1101 King St, Suite 300,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel.: 703-299-2430
E-mail: [email protected]

The Air Traffic Control Association is a non-profit, non-government, professional organization, which has been from the outset dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment. It provides a forum in which those concerned can address the myriad issues inherent to the development of viable air traffic control systems and aviation infrastructures, and the ever increasing demands on the global navigable airspace environment. ATCA is dedicated to the following objectives:

  • Promoting, maintaining and enhancing the stature and well being of the Air Traffic Control profession and the aviation community.
  • Developing and disseminating knowledge of the control of air traffic in all its phases and applications.
  • Encouraging intelligent and honourable cooperation between all persons, parties and agencies interested in and concerned with the promotion and advancement of aviation and, in particular, the field of air traffic control. (Back to top)


National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005
Tel.: 202/628-5451
Website :

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) was founded in 1987, to advocate for preserving the strength and stability of our air traffic control system, and represent the controllers responsible for ensuring the safety of the flying public.  That same year, the Federal Labor Relations Authority certified NATCA as the exclusive bargaining representative for Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers. Today, NATCA, a federal-sector labor union, and direct affiliate of the AFL/CIO, represents more than 15,000 air traffic controllers throughout the U.S. and its territories, along with 2,508 other bargaining-unit members, ranging from engineers and architects to nurses and health care professionals. The men and women of NATCA know that protecting the safety of the flying public is their sacred trust.  NATCA works tirelessly on behalf of its membership to ensure that America's air traffic control system remains the best in the world, and controllers are given the tools they need to guide you home safely. (Back to top)


Belgian Employees Aviation Promotion (BEAP)
Avenue de Tervuren, 97
1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32(0)2-751.06.55
E-mail: [email protected]

BEAP (Belgian Employees Aviation Promotion) est un projet ambitieux dont le but est la renaissance de l'aviation civile en Belgique grâce à la contribution active des employés issus de ce secteur. Le personnel impliqué est principalement constitué de la défunte Sabena, convaincu du savoir faire et de l'expérience du personnel aéronautique disponible en Belgique. Avec ces statuts extrêmement positifs, BEAP pense pouvoir convaincre un grand nombre de petites et moyennes entreprises d’investir dans le projet BEAP. Il se créera alors automatiquement un dialogue constructif avec les investisseurs dont la société couvrira les besoins spécifiques. Grâce à des opérations centrées sur notre pays, BEAP sera à même d'offrir des solutions crédibles aux compagnies aériennes développant un réseau en étoile (Hub) sur la place belge. La création d’une compagnie de services aéronautiques est également une idée séduisante développée par le projet. (Back to top)


International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
Organisation de l’Aviation Civile Internationale (OACI)

ICAO/OACI External Relations and Public Information Office
999 University Street, Montreal, Quebec H3C 5H7
Tel.: + 1 (514) 954-8219;
E-mail:  [email protected]

The main objective of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) which was created with the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation at Chicago on 7 December 1944, is to ensure safe, regular, efficient, and economical air transport. Its main tool towards this goal is a comprehensive series of international rules (standards and recommended practices) which member states agree to follow. All of the standards and recommended practices are periodically reviewed and revised, as necessary, to keep abreast with technological and other developments affecting the aviation industry. (Back to top)


International Air Carrier Association (IACA)
Rue Montoyer, 23
BE-1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 546 10 60
E-mail: [email protected]

IACA represents over 35 airlines serving leisure destinations in Europe, Northern Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.
The core aim of the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) is to promote the airlines used by the leisure traveller in Europe and internationally. IACA is the recognised voice of leisure carriers. IACA actively cooperates with international institutions, national authorities and airport authorities in order to ensure that the specific needs of leisure airlines are taken into consideration.
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International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO Central Secretariat:
1, rue de Varembé, Case postale 56
CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Tel. : +41 22 749 01 11

ISO is a non-governmental organization which constitutes a network of the national standards institutes of 148 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer of standards. Although ISO's principal activity is the development of technical standards, ISO standards also have important economic and social repercussions. ISO standards make a positive difference, not just to engineers and manufacturers for whom they solve basic problems in production and distribution, but to society as a whole.
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European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)
Conférence Européenne de l'Aviation Civile (CEAC)

3, bis Villa Emile Bergerat
92522 Neuilly sur Seine Cedex
Tel : +33 1 46 41 85 44
E-mail: [email protected]

Founded in 1955 as an intergovernmental organisation, ECAC's objective is to promote the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system. In so doing, ECAC seeks to:

  • harmonise civil aviation policies and practices amongst its Member States
  • promote understanding on policy matters between its Member States and other parts of the world. (Back to top)


International Air Transport Association (IATA)
33, Route de l'Aéroport
Case Postale 672
1215 Geneva 15
Tel: (+41) 227992525

International air transport is one of the most dynamic and fastest-changing industries in the world. It needs a responsive, forward-looking and universal trade association, operating at the highest professional standards. IATA is that association.
IATA brings together approximately 270 airlines, including the world's largest. Flights by these airlines comprise 94 percent of all international scheduled air traffic.
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Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association (AOPA)
421 Aviation Way,
Frederick, Maryland 21701.
Tel: 301/695-2000
E-mail: [email protected]

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is the world's largest civil aviation organization with more than 400,000 members. Most fly as general aviation (GA) pilots; GA is all flying except airlines and military. The AOPA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to general aviation, was incorporated on May 15, 1939. From the start, AOPA has fought to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable. Growth in the early years was slow, but by mid-1995, membership in AOPA had reached about 335,000, just over half of all pilots with current medical certificates. The AOPA effectively serves the interests and needs of its members as aircraft owners and pilots and establishes, maintains, and articulates positions of leadership to promote the economy, safety, utility, and popularity of flight in general aviation aircraft. (Back to top)


Flight Safety Foundation (FSF)
601 Madison Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, Virginia U.S. 22314-1756
Tel: +1 (703) 739-6700

Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, international organization engaged in research, auditing, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety. The Foundation’s mission is to pursue the continuous improvement of global aviation safety and the prevention of accidents.

The Foundation’s objectives are to:
* Pursue the active involvement and participation of the diverse elements of global professional aviation;
* Anticipate, identify and analyze global aviation safety issues and set priorities;
* Communicate effectively about aviation safety; and,
* Be a catalyst for action and the adoption of best aviation safety practices.

Often referred to as the “conscience of the industry,” the Foundation has contributed significantly to the evolution of aviation safety and the saving of lives. The Foundation occupies a unique position among the many organizations that strive to improve flight safety standards and practices throughout the world. Effectiveness in bridging cultural and political differences in the common cause of safety has earned the Foundation worldwide respect. The Foundation is distinguished by its objectivity. While interacting with others in the aviation industry, the Foundation is independent of government and commercial organizations.
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Air Transport Action Group (ATAG)
33 route de l'aéroport

P.O. Box 49
1215 Geneva 15 Airport
Tel +41 22 770 2672
E-mail: [email protected]
Website :

Air transport is a growth industry due to the increasing demand for air travel. But such growth - that reflects the demand of people from both developed and developing countries, from different social backgrounds - cannot take place unless all parts of the air transport system adapt capacity to demand.

ATAG aims to:
* ensure that the appropriate infrastructure facilities and procedures are in place in time to satisfy consumers' expectations. It takes at least ten years to plan, finance and build a major piece of air transport infrastructure such as an airport terminal or runway and sometimes nearly as long to bring a new air traffic control facility or system on stream.
* identify and resolve environmental problems and to accommodate environmental requirements in the industry's growth strategies. It looks for a balance between the environmental, social and economic effects of increased infrastructure capacity and, therefore, works closely with governments, environmental groups, planning institutes and the public to achieve this balance and to ensure that the right degree of commitment is made in time to meet mobility requirements.

ATAG works to:
* promote the concept of sustainable aviation to ensure an optimal balance between economic growth, social benefits and environmental responsibility;
* press for the expansion and improvement of airports and air route capabilities to meet market demand according to sound environmental criteria; and
* provide leadership on improved surface access to airports and other suitable intermodal solutions between air and rail.
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Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA)
ASECNA Direction Générale
32-38, Avenue Jean Jaurès
BP 3144 Dakar SENEGAL
Tel : (221) 849 66 00
Fax : (221) 823 46 54
Email : [email protected]
Website :

L'Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar est chargée de la conception, de la réalisation et de la gestion des installations et services ayant pour objet la transmission des messages techniques et de trafic, le guidage des aéronefs, le contrôle de la circulation aérienne, l'information en vol, la prévision et la transmission des informations dans le domaine météorologique, aussi bien pour la circulation en route que pour l'approche et l'atterrissage sur les aérodromes communautaires. (Back to top)


Australian Governement
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
GPO Box 2005
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: + 61 131 757
E-mail: [email protected]
Website :

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) aims to lead the aviation community in providing Australia with a world-class air safety environment, which has public trust and confidence. Established on 6 July 1995 as an independent statutory authority. CASA is a body corporate separate from the Commonwealth. Its primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas. It is also required to provide comprehensive safety education and training programmes, cooperate with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and administer certain features of Part IVA of the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959. (Back to top)


Email: [email protected]
Website :

AETRA is not an acronym, it is derived from the latin word AETHRA, which stands for clear sky, upper sky. Building on the success of IATA's Global Airport Monitor, IATA and ACI jointly launched AETRA in December 2003. AETRA is an airport customer satisfaction benchmarking program covering 58 airports worldwide, including some the largest and most progressive such as London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. AETRA provides users with management and benchmark information, on a quarterly basis. This information is used every day by leading airports to understand how they perform and how to improve. The program identifies best practice throughout the industry and allows airports to benchmark performance against it. (Back to top)



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