Dear Members,

an eventful year is drawing to a close. The last 12 months have once more shown the importance of  continuous work within the area of flight safety by all stakeholders involved. This again fuels our commitment and motivation to contribute to the improvement of flight safety throughout next year and beyond.

We hope that you have successfully navigated through a partially turbulent year for the airline industry and that you can enjoy the peace and contemplation of christmas. We would like to close 2019 with this year's final edition of our waypoints, covering the following topics:

  • Winter Operations
  • Reseach survey on pilot's attitude towards reporting
  • EASA warning against complacency over aviation safety
  • Aviation Reporting - EC Public Consultation
  • Traffic Warning 24 - 26 DEC

We wish you a merry chistmas and a happy, healthy, successful and peaceful new year.

Your Team Flight Safety

Winter Operations

The safe conduct of winter operations requires special procedures by all involved. IFALPA references the annual FINAVIA and TRAFICOM Safety Bulletin, which, even though focusing on operations in northern Finland, provides excellent guidelines for both crews and operators being exposed to similar weather conditions.

Research Survey on Pilot's Attitude towards Reporting Self-Inflicted Errors

You are kindly asked once more by one of our members to support his research survey on pilot's attitude towards reporting self-inflicted errors.

Research results are intended to be used to increase flight safety and to improve your working conditions. For validity purposes further participation is required and we kindly ask for your support.

Please follow the link below or the OR-code to participate in the survey. Survey on pilot's attitude towards reporting self-inflicted errors

EASA warning against complacency over aviation safety

On their annual safety conference, which took place in Helsinki in November, EASA warned against complacency over aviation safety. Even though the number of fatal accidents has been decreasing over the last decade, commercial pressure has been identified as a challenge of the present. Read more in EASA's Press Release about safety challenges discussed during the conference.

Aviation Reporting - EC Public Consultation

Safety reporting and their subsequent lessons learnt are a valuable accident prevention tool. Regulation (EU) No. 376/2014 was set into force to promote reporting and the flow of information with the benefit of improving aviation safety.

The Public Consultation aims to capture the views of the widest possible spectrum of stakeholders in order to assess the relevance and effectiveness of the regulation. Your feedback can help to identify system weaknesses and to increase the effectiveness of the regulation.

Traffic Warning - 24 - 26 DEC

According to unconfirmed rumors unusual air traffic (cargo only) is to be expected between 24 and 26 December. The flying object supposedly runs on biofuels and has been granted a special flight approval from GND to Unlimited. Flight path with multiple intermediate stops can neither be followed via ADS-B nor via conventional radar. However, the current position of the flying object with the registration N-POLE will be brought to attention here allowing to keep situational awareness of everyone involved at the highest level possible. Sightings including proof thereof may be reported to

As we continuously strive to improve our Waypoint we require and seek your feedback. Please forward your inputs to or just use the reply function of your mail provider should you have any suggestions for improvement, tips, or wishes regarding topics to address. We will do our best to keep the Waypoints as informative and interesting as possible for your convenience.