Working Group 2: Air-Traffic Control (ATC)

Goal of the Working Group

The working group will focus on the development of the EAASI goals to:

  1. Establish a positive and sustainable relationship between the aerial surveying industry and ATC organisations all over Europe – both civilian and military (initial goal).  

  2. Establish standardised procedures for flight application and coordination all over Europe (intermediate goal).

  3. Obtain priority airspace access for aerial survey missions compared to other activities in the “Special Operations” (SPO) category (ultimate goal). 

Stakeholder Analysis

Main stakeholders in the industry/public sector/general public are:


  • Providers of aerial surveys: EAASI members, other aerial survey companies (nonmembers)

  • Clients of aerial surveys: Public administrations / surveying agencies, private clients

  • ATC: civilian organisations (European like EASA and Eurocontrol, national organizations like DFS or Austrocontrol) and military organisations (NATO, European, national, US Army)

  • Politics: legislation in the context of air-space use and defense

  • Aircraft and sensor manufacturers (the characteristics of aircraft and sensors have an impact on the way that aerial surveys have to be carried out)



To achieve the overarching goal, we have defined the following intermediate targets:

Target 1

Establish permanent communication platforms to raise the mutual understanding:


  • On member-state level between EAASI, its members, and the national authorities (civilian, military) 

  • On European level between EAASI and the European authorities for civil aviation (EASA, Eurocontrol) and military aviation (NATO, other relevant international bodies)


  • Introduction of EAASI to national authorities via its members (brochure, personal contacts)

  • Joint EAASI-ATC workshop on European level (preferably in the scope of a delegate meeting of ATC authorities) – should be held on a regular basis (e.g. once per year)

Target 2

Improve the position of aerial surveying: 


  • Create clarity across all stakeholders on the topic by stressing the specific role of aerial surveys compared to other aerial missions governed by the SPO guidelines

  • Raise the awareness and understanding for the specific needs of aerial survey missions (e.g. seasonal aspects like foliation or water levels, time of day / sun angle, weather conditions, flying height / resolution, flying speed and lateral separation / overlaps, etc.) 

  • Establish an environment where the specific needs of the aerial-survey industry are known, understood and considered to the maximal possible extent by ATC organisations. 

  • Establish priority access to airspace compared to other SPO missions


  • Dedicated information campaign with tailored contents for all stakeholder groups

  • Lobbying on all relevant levels

Target 3

Establish standardised procedures for flight application and coordination all over Europe


  • Analyse current procedures

  • Identify best-practice approaches

  • Promote harmonisation