Interoperability

The Interoperability Regulation is one of four primary regulations that comprise the Single European Sky Regulations.

The Interoperability Regulation is one of four primary regulations that comprise the Single European Sky Regulations. The objective of the Single European Sky initiative is to enhance current safety standards and overall efficiency for general air traffic in Europe, to optimise capacity meeting the requirements of all airspace users and to minimise delays.

Interoperability is defined as a set of functional, technical and operational properties required of the systems and constituents of the European Air Traffic Management Network (EATMN) and of the procedures for its operation, in order to enable its safe, seamless and efficient operation. Interoperability is achieved by making the systems and constituents compliant with the essential requirements.

Interoperability applies to the following air navigation systems and related constituents which comprise the EATMN:

1. Systems and procedures for airspace management.
2. Systems and procedures for air traffic flow management.
3. Systems and procedures for air traffic services, in particular flight data processing systems, surveillance data processing systems and human-machine interface systems.
4. Communications systems and procedures for ground-to-ground, air-to-ground and air-to-air communications.
5. Navigation systems and procedures.
6. Surveillance systems and procedures.
7. Systems and procedures for aeronautical information services.
8. Systems and procedures for the use of meteorological information.

The following links provide guidance to Air Navigation Service Providers and to Manufacturers in respect of the Interoperability requirements:

Guidance for Air Navigation Service Providers

The following templates are available in an editable format from the CAA:

  • EC Declaration of Verification (DoV) Template (Issue 6, September 2012)
  • Interoperability Technical File (TF) Template (Issue 6, September 2012)

Guidance for Manufacturers

An EC Declaration of Suitability for Use (DSU) Template (Issue3, February 2009) is available from the CAA

EATMN Conformity Assessment

Interoperability Compliance Addendum - February 2008

The following link provides a regular update on Interoperability developments:

Interoperability Update