An expert meeting about the safety of flights over the Baltic Sea area will be organised in Helsinki on 2 March 2017 in co-operation with the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO. The meeting will be chaired by Chief Adviser Kari Siekkinen of Trafi.
The meeting was preceded by discussions in the NATO-Russia Council, to which Finland also has contributed. Based on these discussions, Finland suggested a flight safety meeting to be held in Helsinki.
The meeting aims to determine how the recommendations for improving flight safety as agreed in the ICAO Baltic Sea Project Team in 2015 have been implemented, and the need for any new actions.
The recommendations issued in 2015 concerned, for instance, the collection and publication by ICAO of operating procedures for the busiest parts of airspace (hot spots) as well as due regard procedures for state aircraft. Moreover, the recommendations address the exchange of state air traffic pictures, the publication of standardised waypoints, and solutions to problems related to the provision and handling of flight plan data.
Besides Finland and ICAO, the meeting will be attended by representatives from Baltic Sea coastal states, i.e. Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden, as well as from NATO, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol).
The same parties also participated in the working group on flight safety over the Baltic Sea in 2015.
Mr. Kari Siekkinen, Chief Adviser
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