With the signing of a recent Presidential Decree, Greece can now create an independent National Aeronautical Supervisory Command. The pertinent decree, which allows for the organization, operation and staffing of the new command, was signed last month by the country’s minister of transport, Michalis Liapis.
Based on special study worked out by Eurocontrol, the new decree allows for the foundation of independent National Aeronautical Supervisory Command that will have the responsibility to monitor, control and certify services in the realm of air control, communication, pilotage and monitoring of meteorology services when any of the aforementioned concern air services and information.
The above is to be realized in accordance with the directives and the regulations of European Parliament and Council of the European Union in conjunction with the planning and realization of a Single European Sky.
The National Aeronautical Supervisory Command will be independent, as it is forecasted in article two of the presidential decree so that it practices its duties in a transparent and unbiased manner.
For the foundation of independent command, the transport and communication ministry recommends a five-member coordination committee that would come from the country’s Civil Aviation Authority and Meteorology Service.
Committee members would be responsible to propose how the internal operations of the new command must be set up.
With the operation of the new command, Greece could quickly assist in the formulation of Eurocontrol’s Single European Sky initiative, which is expected to lay the foundations of a unified system that will be able to cater for the anticipated air traffic growth in Europe.
Over the last decade, air traffic has grown by more than 50%. Europe now has close to 8.5 million flights per year and up to 28,000 flights on busiest days. Airspace capacity has been increased by 80% since 1990.