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Skyguide earns Single European Sky certification


Geneva, December 20, 2006. Skyguide has been awarded certification, and thus the right to provide air navigation services, for the Single European Sky (SES) by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA). SES certification is essential for skyguide to continue to provide air navigation services in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe.
“We have achieved a major strategic goal, and have taken a further key step towards Europe,” said Francis Schubert, acting CEO of skyguide, when receiving the formal SES certification from FOCA director general Raymond Cron in Bern.
Aiming to exceed requirements SES certification is awarded on the basis of a thorough appraisal of all areas of air navigation services, from technical to operations and flight information management. A large part of the standardised parameters which will be applicable throughout Europe in future are the Eurocontrol Safety Regulatory Requirements or ESARRs. Here, too, skyguide has set itself high objectives.
“Our aim is to achieve a standard that not only meets but exceeds the ESARRs,” Jürg Schmid, skyguide’s Head of Safety Management, explains.
SES certification is essential for any organisation which wishes to provide air navigation services in the new Single European Sky. In future, the states that participate in the Single European Sky will only be able to commission SEScertificated providers to perform the air navigation services they require.
Providers will also be assessed annually by their state’s supervisory authorities – such as the FOCA in Switzerland – to ensure that they continue to meet all the requisite SES standards and norms.
Further information is available in the “Single European Sky” dossier on the website.


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