New system deployed to prevent unsafe aircraft from entering European airspace

14 June 2018

EUROCONTROL is today deploying a new system to prevent unsafe aircraft from entering European airspace. This is part of the European Union's endeavour to make European airspace as safe as possible and comes in addition to the updated air safety list the European Commission published today.


Since November 2016, any non-European aircraft that enters the European Union needs to have a single safety authorisation valid throughout Europe called "third country operator authorisation" or TCO. The new system will warn the air traffic controllers of all EU Members States that an aircraft which does not have such an authorisation is trying to fly to the Union. The aircraft will then be denied access to the airspace of that Member State.

The new system is the result of close cooperation between the Commission, EUROCONTROL and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in a joint effort to put in place the best possible enforcement tools for aviation safety

Supporting safer European skies

The TCO system joins the large family of support activities for European Union aviation safety programmes performed by EUROCONTROL.

In our role as Network Manager, we provide support to the EU’s Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA), Safety Assessment of Community Aircraft (SACA) and ACC3 (Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport) programmes as part of our Safety and security alerting services.

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