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Cyber threat is one of the key areas of concern of European pilots who believe that any new technologies or procedures must guarantee safe operations, even under the most demanding scenarios and that involving pilots in ‘reality checks’ of proposed solutions will therefore continue to be crucial.

In a new publication released at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) in Madrid, the European Cockpit Association (ECA) said that both the Single European Sky in Europe and NextGen in the United States will profoundly change the way flight operations are performed and will provide a much more strategic role for pilots.

The possibility of a cyber-attack on airport, control tower and 
aircraft shall be envisaged and appropriate counter measures 
should be designed to minimise their impact. All aircraft systems 
and data transfers between aircraft and ground should be protected 
from hacking, data manipulation and viruses. 

Separating in-flight entertainment systems from all other aircraft 
systems is highly desirable. All pilots should be trained to increase 
their awareness about cyber vulnerabilities and to help them 
recognize a cyber-attack. Precautionary measures and contingency 
procedures should be established to prevent an attack, and to 
minimize its consequences. Operators should establish a mandatory 
reporting system for cyber-related occurrences, and cyber security 
should become an essential part or their security management 

Cockpit-based solutions that prevent the take-over of aircraft 
command by any person on board or by unlawfully interfered 
ground stations shall be developed. The significant multiplier-effect 
potentially arising from several aircraft being unlawfully controlled 
from the ground should be fully taken into account in the overall 
design of the system.   

ADS-B spoofing is introducing false projections of aircraft on 
radar screens. Air traffic controllers could receive inaccurate 
or no information from a hacked aircraft ADS-B system which 
would consequently lead to a misinterpretation of the information 
displayed on their information screen. To address this threat and be 
able to cross-check information, primary radar should be available 
to confirm ADS-B signals.
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