About CANSO

Vision


To be the recognised leader in transforming global air traffic management (ATM) performance


Mission


The Mission of CANSO is to be the global voice of air traffic management (ATM) in the transformation of the aviation system; creating value for Members and our stakeholders.

CANSO’s Mission is achieved through CANSO’s strategic plan for the transformation of global ATM performance – Vision 2020

CANSO and its Members are involved in a wide range of activities in pursuit of the Organisation’s aims and objectives:

Standing Committees and Workgroups

CANSO has three Standing Committees, with supporting workgroups, which deliver policy and set standards on behalf of Members. They bring together global experts to address issues of common interest; to share experience for the promotion of best practice; and to develop specific policies across a broad spectrum of issues.

Safety Standing Committee (SSC)

Policy Standing Committee (PSC)

Operations Standing Committee (OSC)

Networks/Task Forces

These are ad hoc bodies, established to examine specific issues, and to initiate targeted policies to guide ANSPs in their strategic development.

CANSO committees, workgroups, and policy makers are brought together through regular meetings, and through the Global ATM-Net, a unique extranet, linking the world’s ANSPs in a global communications platform for air traffic management. Accessible only to CANSO Members, the site aims to improve communications between ANSPs to support their closer cooperation and facilitate meetings and information/resource sharing.

Regional Activities

CANSO has five regions:
Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, and the Middle East with offices in Johannesburg, Singapore, Brussels, Mexico City and Jeddah. Each region has a CANSO Region Director. In addition, the CANSO Director ICAO Affairs is based in Montreal.

CANSO’s regions lead regional and national air traffic management initiatives, within the framework of CANSO’s global policies and CANSO’s strategic framework, Vision 2020. They operate across the three broad areas of safety, operations and policy, working with industry stakeholders and States to transform ATM performance in their regions and globally. They represent the interests of ANSPs and the air traffic management industry on initiatives such as: regional airspace harmonisation; further improving safety through seminars and sharing best practice; and operational improvements such as the implementation of performance-based navigation (PBN) or ADS-B as part of ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrades.

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