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Reducing Level busts is one of EUROCONTROL's highest priorities. EUROCONTROL began raising awareness of the issue in 2001, organised a series of workshops and established a Level Bust Task Force to define the recommendations and formulate an action plan to reduce level busts.
The Level Bust action plan is the product of the work carried out by EUROCONTROL’s cross-industry Level Bust Task Force, which was set up in 2003. The Task Force reviewed the evidence available, identified the principal causal factors, and took on board ANSPs and aircraft operator experience in reducing level busts.
The Action Plan contains recommendations for air traffic management, air traffic controllers and aircraft operators. It is designed to reduce the frequency of level busts and the risks associated with level busts. Implementation of the Action Plan will be monitored by the Task Force monitoring group reporting to the EUROCONTROL Safety Improvement Sub Group (SISG).
The Action Plan includes a series of briefing notes that give detailed information and guidance:
- Gen 1: Level Busts - Overview
- Gen 2: Pilot-Controller Communications
- Gen 3: Call Sign Confusion
- Ops 1: Standard Operating Procedures
- Ops 2: Altimeter Setting Procedures
- Ops 3: Standard Calls
- Ops 4: Aircraft Technical Equipment
- Ops 5: ACAS
- Ops 6: Human Factors
- Ops 7: Safety Reporting - Operators
- ATM 1: Understanding the Causes of Level Busts
- ATM 2: Reducing Level Busts
- ATM 3: Safety Reporting - ATM
- ATM 4: Airspace & Procedure Design