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Thanks to @Gerry's comment on a recent answer of mine, the 2011 ruling on the FAA's amended 14 CFR § 25.1322 mentions:

Adopting this rule also harmonizes flightcrew alerting standards between the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

That's related to suppressing alerts, which Airbus aircraft have had since at least the mid-80s – the EMER CANC button for example on the A320 for suppressing spurious alerts.

This made me wonder since when EASA (or its predecessor) have had the similar rule that was adopted? (I couldn't find my way around the historic regs of EASA.)

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Since June 2011.

EASA first proposed a change to CS 25.1322 in NPA 2009-12 (Notice of Proposed Amendment) in November 2009:

CS-25 contains a certification specification (CS 25.1322) that dictates the colour of warning, caution, advisory, and other message lights that are installed as annunciation displays in the flight deck. As presently written, CS 25.1322 addresses visual alerts only in the form of coloured lights installed in the flight deck. No specifications are stipulated to cover new technologies or the use of alternate media, such as aural tones/voice that can be more effective. CS 25.1322 is therefore considered outdated and does not address the safety concerns associated with today’s display systems.

EASA then included these changes to CS-25 (the Certification Specifications for Large Aeroplanes) in Amendment 11 on 27 June 2011. The version of CS 25.1322 before (last amendment of 16 December 2010) shows this text:

CS 25.1322 Warning, caution, and advisory lights

If warning, caution, or advisory lights are installed in the cockpit, they must, unless otherwise approved by the Agency, be –

(a) Red, for warning lights (lights indicating a hazard, which may require immediate corrective action);

(b) Amber, for caution lights (lights indicating the possible need for future corrective action);

(c) Green, for safe operation lights; and

(d) Any other colour, including white, for lights not described in sub-paragraphs (a) to (c) of this paragraph, provided the colour differs sufficiently from the colours prescribed in sub-paragraphs (a) to (c) of this paragraph to avoid possible confusion.

(EASA CS-25 Amendment 10)

Afterwards, the text is very similar to the one in 14 CFR:

CS 25.1322 Flight Crew Alerting

(a) Flight crew alerts must:

  1. provide the flight crew with the information needed to:
    (i) identify non-normal operation or aeroplane system conditions, and
    (ii) determine the appropriate actions, if any;
  2. be readily and easily detectable and intelligible by the flight crew under all foreseeable operating conditions, including conditions where multiple alerts are provided; (3) be removed when the alerting condition no longer exists.

(b) Alerts must conform to the following prioritisation hierarchy based on the urgency of flight crew awareness and response:

  1. Warning: For conditions that require immediate flight crew awareness and immediate flight crew response.
  2. Caution: For conditions that require immediate flight crew awareness and subsequent flight crew response.
  3. Advisory: For conditions that require flight crew awareness and may require subsequent flight crew response.

(c) Warning and Caution alerts must:

  1. be prioritised within each category, when necessary;
  2. provide timely attention-getting cues through at least two different senses by a combination of aural, visual, or tactile indications;
  3. permit each occurrence of the attention-getting cues required by sub-paragraph (c)(2) to be acknowledged and suppressed, unless they are required to be continuous.

(d) The alert function must be designed to minimise the effects of false and nuisance alerts. In particular, it must be designed to:

  1. prevent the presentation of an alert when it is inappropriate or unnecessary;
  2. provide a means to suppress an attention-getting component of an alert caused by a failure of the alerting function that interferes with the flight crew’s ability to safely operate the aeroplane. This means must not be readily available to the flight crew so that it could be operated inadvertently or by habitual reflexive action. When an alert is suppressed, there must be a clear and unmistakable annunciation to the flight crew that the alert has been suppressed.

(e) Visual alert indications must:

  1. conform to the following colour convention:
    (i) Red for Warning alert indications.
    (ii) Amber or yellow for Caution alert indications.
    (iii) Any colour except red or green for Advisory alert indications.
  2. use visual coding techniques, together with other alerting function elements on the flight deck, to distinguish between Warning, Caution and Advisory alert indications, if they are presented on monochromatic displays that are incapable of conforming to the colour convention in paragraph (e)(1).

(f) Use of the colours red, amber and yellow on the flight deck for functions other than flight crew alerting must be limited and must not adversely affect flight crew alerting.

(EASA CS-25 Amendment 11)

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  • $\begingroup$ Airbus was ahead of its time then. Many thanks. Any tips on how to search for historic EASA regs? $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Apr 25 at 15:41
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    $\begingroup$ @ymb1 Each amendment publishes a Change Information document (see the linked EASA sites). I knew from Gerry's comment, it must have already happened by 2011, so I just started there. Here is a list of all CS-25 versions. $\endgroup$ – Bianfable Apr 25 at 15:44

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