After the Überlingen midair collision, the High Level European Action Group for Air Traffic Management Safety recommended that it is imperative that safety nets be implemented. This marked the start of a considerable community effort to prepare for Europe-wide implementation of effective safety nets by developing the prerequisites for successful implementation. The development work is completed and the implementation work must now begin.
The implementation of safety nets is mandated by four ECIP Objectives and supported by four high-level EUROCONTROL Specifications, which in turn call up some 2000 pages of detailed guidance material. This volume of information illustrates the inherent complexity of safety nets, necessitating a structured, total life cycle approach towards implementation and operational use of safety nets.
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