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CANSO staff discuss the latest industry news, updates, and events from the world of Air Traffic Management.

December 2012
  • 19 Dec 12An Great Year for Operations

    As we transition into the New Year, it is often traditional to reflect upon the events of the past year and to commit to doing better in the future.

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  • 14 Dec 12Working Together to Transform ATM Performance in the Region

    As 2012 draws to a close, members of the CANSO Asia-Pacific Safety Work Group and Operations Work Group gathered in Singapore to discuss the region’s ATM challenges and to agree on their respective action plans for the year ahead.

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  • 14 Dec 12Renewed Commitment in the Aftermath of AN-Conf/12

    CANSO’s participation in the ICAO 12th Air Navigation Conference (AN-Conf/12) in November was particularly successful as we ultimately helped shape the Conference recommendations.

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November 2012
  • 30 Nov 12Eventful Month in South Africa

    The month of October and beginning of November were the most exciting and memorable for the Africa office.

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  • 28 Nov 12Semshop (Seminar/Workshop) Update and Anthony Tisdall's Comments on ANC12

    I am happy to be able to report that the CANSO Africa ATM Operations Seminar/Workshop (semshop) was quite a success.

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  • 28 Nov 122012 Global ATM Safety Conference – A Huge Success!

    What a week! By all comments and survey results (we really do read them), the events in Cape Town, South Africa, were nothing short of a huge success.

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  • 26 Nov 12CANSO on the Global Stage

    More than a thousand delegates have gathered in Montreal for the 12th ICAO Air Navigation Conference to chart the future of Air Traffic Management.

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  • 26 Nov 12Working Towards the Single European Sky

    In October the Cyprus Presidency hosted a European Commission conference in Limassol on the topic of “Single European Sky – the time for action”.

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  • 19 Nov 12CANSO Releases Working Papers to the ICAO 12th Air Navigation Conference

    Industry gathers to map out operational improvements in global ATM over the next decade.

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October 2012
  • 31 Oct 12Regional Safety Programme Promotion

    Over the last six months, the CANSO Safety Standing Committee (SSC) has conducted three regional safety seminars.

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  • 29 Oct 12Policy Work Moving Forward

    The CANSO Policy Standing Committee (PSC) held its third meeting at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor in the Washington, DC area on 2 and 3 October 2012.

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  • 25 Oct 12Africa Events, FPL2012 and Anthony Tisdall on the Horizon

    I am packing my bags for the upcoming CANSO events in Cape Town, South Africa. It will be exciting to witness another significant CANSO milestone; that being the opening of the African Regional Office.

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  • 23 Oct 12Asia-Pacific as the Centre of Aviation Growth

    The aviation community of the Asia-Pacific region gathered twice in New Delhi this month to discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with the region’s ascent as the global centre of aviation growth.

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September 2012
  • 30 Sep 12Much to Do Before the End of the Year

    The year of 2012 is rushing towards its end. I cannot believe that it is already September and fall is here. Lots still to do and the clock is ticking.

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  • 28 Sep 12Safety Culture

    Unfortunately, the title alone most likely discouraged numerous potential readers from clicking on this month’s column.

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  • 28 Sep 12With Focus on Safety

    The month of September started very slowly and quiet. We were busy with the preparations for the October/November Safety and Operations Standing Committee conferences as well as the official launch of the office.

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  • 28 Sep 12Progress in Civil/Military Cooperation

    I have just attended the Middle East Civil Military Seminar organised by ICAO MID office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 16-19 September.

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  • 19 Sep 12Sub-Regional Collaboration Gains Momentum in Asia-Pacific

    ATM projects involving neighbours and sub-regions are gaining momentum in the Asia-Pacific region.

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August 2012
  • 28 Aug 12Busy Times in the Africa Office

    Since its confirmation as a region during the AGM in Rome the Africa Regional Office has welcomed Angola with pride and the Africa membership has risen to 9.

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  • 28 Aug 12Planning the journey – the CANSO roadmap

    The second meeting of the CANSO Policy Standing Committee (PSC) was held on 27 June 2012 in Rome, Italy.

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  • 28 Aug 1212th Air Navigation Conference

    In preparation for the 12th Air Navigation Conference (ANC) this November in Montreal, the Future SMS Development Workgroup leads Claire Marrison and Roger Dillon have authored one of the CANSO position papers.

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  • 28 Aug 12Important Events and PM Successor Secured

    I trust this email finds you all well and prospering. You will likely have read about, if not attended, the CANSO AGM.

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  • 10 Aug 12A Plan is Only as Good as its Implementation

    I have just attended a meeting of the ICAO Asia Pacific Seamless ATM Planning Group in Tokyo.

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July 2012
  • 26 Jul 12Act Now to Secure Our Future

    I trust this email finds you all well and prospering. You will likely have read about, if not attended, the CANSO AGM.

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  • 11 Jul 12CANSO Pushes Ahead with ADS-B Initiative over the Bay of Bengal

    The CANSO Asia Pacific Office is pushing ahead with its plan for regional ADS-B collaboration over the Bay of Bengal.

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June 2012
  • 29 Jun 12First SSC Collaboration Meeting a Success

    This first-of-its-kind event (held in Langen, Germany) was quite a success, so much so that it will most likely take on an annual place within the Safety Standing Committee’s calendar.

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  • 29 Jun 12Collaboration is the Key

    In order to join forces and work collectively to support the development of a harmonised ATM system, the enhancement of collaboration among all stakeholders in the region is the key issue. The collaboration arena is an important area of development and the possibilities are immensely wide.

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  • 18 Jun 12Working in Partnership

    I have just returned from the 68TH IATA AGM in Beijing. The message that I hear from our airline partners is the need for the industry to get its act together in the face of growing economic volatility and turbulence from high oil prices and the Eurozone crisis.

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May 2012
  • 30 May 12Human Performance & Factors

    Is it just me, or is everyone talking about human factors and human performance within the aviation industry?

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  • 30 May 12Merging the Quality Management and Business Performance Workgroups

    This month’s Policy Update is provided by Gudrun Held and Giles Pateman, acting chairs, and provides a review of the joint QM and BP meeting, 23-24 May, Kraków, kindly hosted by PANSA.What started two years ago with back-to-back and joint meetings, led to a happy end, when the global QMWG and BPWG merged at their meeting on 23–24 May in Kraków. The WG will sit under the PSC and continue to focus on developing frameworks and guidance material in support of ‘institutional/regulatory transformation, ANSP transformation to performance-based organisations and quality management’.

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  • 29 May 12Another Busy Month for the Africa Office

    April was a very exciting, busy and successful month for the CANSO Africa office.

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  • 29 May 12Working Towards the SESAR Deployment

    European activities focused on the further definition of the necessary governance and funding for the SESAR Deployment phase from 2016 onwards.

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  • 15 May 12Changing of the Guard at APC3

    At the Asia Pacific CANSO CEO Committee (APC3) meeting on 1 May 12 in the Maldives, APC3 elected Yap Ong Heng, the Director General of CAA Singapore as its second Chairman.

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April 2012
  • 26 Apr 12The Role of States in Transforming ATM

    States need to support the transformation of air traffic management (ATM) through effective policy-making, thus allowing it to contribute fully to sustainable air transport.

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  • 24 Apr 12CANSO Calls for ADS-B Collaboration Over the Bay of Bengal

    I leave for Jeju, Korea this weekend to speak at an ICAO ADS-B Task Force seminar and meeting where I will reiterate CANSO’s call for ADS-B collaboration over the Bay of Bengal.

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  • 24 Apr 12A Successful Month for CANSO Middle East Office

    During the recent 5th CANSO Middle East Conference, aviation and Air Traffic Management (ATM) leaders and experts from Africa, Europe and the Middle East met in Cairo to discuss and further progress global harmonisation.

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  • 24 Apr 12From Talk to Action

    Recently the newly established CANSO policy standing committee (PSC) held its first meeting at CANSO headquarters in wonderful Amsterdam.

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  • 23 Apr 12CANSO Preparing Response to Performance Scheme (RP2) Consultation Document

    Last year the European Commission adopted a regulation laying down the details of the new performance scheme applicable to air navigation services in Europe.

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  • 23 Apr 12Another Month of Progress for the SSC

    The CANSO Safety Programme has had yet another month filled with progress across our industry, from the work with our external partners such as ICAO, ACI and IATA, to collaborative work with the OSC, to our analysis of submitted data. Following are updates on a few of our current initiatives.

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  • 23 Apr 12Preparing for the ANC/12 and FPL2012 Amendment

    I do not know about you, but I find that 2012 is going by at an alarming pace. This might be great for those looking forward to professional or personal events that will occur in 2013 but for me there are a couple of items that are still keeping my attention on 2012.

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March 2012
  • 30 Mar 12Policy Standing Committee Meets For the First Time

    This March saw the first meeting of CANSO’s recently established Policy Standing Committee at the association’s HQ in Amsterdam.

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  • 30 Mar 12Eventful Month for the Safety Standing Committee

    Last month, in beautiful Amsterdam, I had the opportunity to meet many of you with whom, until now, I’ve only communicated via phone or e-mail.

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  • 30 Mar 12Another Successful Operations Conference!

    Its official! Thanks to you all, the OSC conference was quite the success. We had over 100 attendees when all was said and done.

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  • 30 Mar 12SESAR Update, CANSO's Balkan CEO Conference and ICAO's ASBU Workshop

    CANSO Director European Affairs Guenter Martis provides the latest news and updates on the deployment of SESAR, as well as a review of the CANSO Balkan Regional CEO Conference and ICAO workshop on the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs).

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  • 30 Mar 12Updates from the 189th ICAO Air Navigation Commission

    To borrow a well-worn cliché, I found attending my very first session at the 189th ICAO Air Navigation Commission as an uncomfortably thrilling experience!

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  • 30 Mar 12Region's Leaders Agree Two Year Strategy

    The Latin American and Caribbean office participated in several important events during the month of March, one of them them being the celebration of the LAC3 4th meeting held in Amsterdam where the two-year strategy for the region was agreed on.

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  • 19 Mar 12Come Join Us in the Maldives

    In about a month’s time, the ATM leaders of the Asia Pacific region will be gathering in the Maldives for our annual CANSO Asia Pacific Conference.

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February 2012
  • 29 Feb 12Collaboration – The Responsibility of All

    Since the creation of the Latin America CANSO CEO Committee (LAC3) at the EGM in Amsterdam last year, the LAC3 has been working in close coordination with CANSO’s global Standing Committees in Safety, Operations and Policy; it has worked on developing key positions and it has been represented at several forums in order to promote the value of CANSO’s work in the region.

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  • 29 Feb 12Introducing CANSO’s New Safety Programme Manager

    It hasn’t even been a month in my new role as the CANSO Safety Programme Manager, and I am already learning more than I could have imagined.

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  • 29 Feb 12Meeting the Challenges of Growth Together

    I have just returned from a trip to Jakarta where I met the management of our two newest CANSO members, Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II.

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  • 29 Feb 12Paving the Way Forward in Africa

    For the Africa Office, February was relatively quiet compared to our hectic schedule in recent months.

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  • 29 Feb 12Operations: Making Solid Progress

    It appears that the planning for our Global ATM Operations Conference is just about complete.

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  • 29 Feb 12The Emissions Trading Scheme and ATM Efficiencies

    Earlier this month the Economist magazine questioned whether a fresh row over airline emissions could lead to a global trade war.

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January 2012
  • 31 Jan 12Europe Continues Shaping its Approach Towards SESAR Implementation

    On December 22, 2011 the European Commission published a Communication to the European Council and Parliament on the Governance and Incentive Mechanisms for the Deployment of SESAR, the Single European Sky’s technological pillar. This communication introduces a three layer model to govern the implementation of Europe’s new ATM technology and describes potential incentive mechanisms to support the implementation. The political level, represented by the European Commission, will have the main responsibility for the deployment. For this the EC will be supported by its Single Sky Committee, the Performance Review Body, Eurocontrol/Directorate Single Sky, EASA, the European Defense Agency and a consultative expert group on the social dimension of the SES

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  • 31 Jan 12Divide the Tasks, Multiply the Success

    Charles Darwin once said "In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” This quote demonstrates how necessary it is that we collaborate with one another in order to find advances. In aviation, whether we talk of safety, security, efficiency or sustainability, the need for collaborative approaches to addressing the challenges we face today is more important than ever. The implementation of operational improvements like PBN or CDM requires that we work with our partners and stakeholders – ICAO, IATA, ACI, IFALPA, IFATCA, ICCAIA, the ANSPs, aircraft operators, manufacturers and systems providers, and indeed, policy-makers and regulators. Likewise, further improvements in the area of safety require collaborative approaches to sharing data and information that will enhance understanding and foster the development and implementation of solutions. By combining the skills, perspectives, and experiences we all possess, together we can accomplish much more than we could if we worked a problem by ourselves.

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  • 30 Jan 12Building Momentum in Africa

    Meeting the Airspace Users From 20 to 22 November 2011, we attended the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Annual General Assembly in Marrakech, Morocco. CEOs from most of the continent’s Airlines attended, giving us an ideal opportunity to network and introduce CANSO to the region’s airspace users. The discussion points during the assembly covered improving aviation safety across the continent, environmental issues, infrastructure development, communications, corporate governance, restructuring and aero-political and regulatory issues. The assembly also elected its new Executive members and announced its new president and vice president. On behalf of CANSO I would like to congratulate these individuals and welcome them to their new positions. Emerging Issues for Air Navigation Services In December we attended and presented a paper at the Regional Air Transport Safety and Security Conference in Dakar, Senegal where I had the opportunity of presenting a paper on ‘Emerging Issues for Air Navigation Services’. We also introduced CANSO and clarified what services the organization is offering to ANSPs and other aviation stakeholders in the region. There was a lot of interest around CANSO, specifically from organisations like ASECNA which showed an interest becoming a member.

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  • 30 Jan 12Gearing up for the Global ATM Operations Conference

    It’s about to get busy again! The CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference is just around the corner and once again we will be in Amsterdam, 8-9 March. The agenda, which you can download from www.canso.org/operationsconference2012, is shaping up well and I think we should have another great event. Day one will allow for key messages to be presented by both CANSO and our partners as well provide an interactive session to help us understand what you see as key issues for 2012 and beyond. We will also be unveiling a new cross committee process/work concept that is envisioned to not only ensure the highest quality output but also reduce the overall time it takes to complete a project. At the first full OSC WG meeting in Las Vegas, we asked that you submit initiatives/projects that would be considered as potential activities to be taken on under this new concept. I am still accepting and soliciting for candidate projects. On the second day of the conference we will be presenting an Aviation Systems Block Upgrade (ASBU) and System Wide Information Management (SWIM) workshop. These are intended to provide an overview as well as issues being faced and what CANSO is doing in these areas. Both will be informative and beneficial.

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  • 30 Jan 12Discussing the Key Issues

    The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that "Egypt was the gift of the Nile"; an unending source of sustenance and a source of inspiration. The great people of Egypt decided to celebrate the first anniversary of the revolution, which happened to coincide with CANSO’s planned 5th annual Middle East Conference on 25 of January. We cannot afford but share our Egyptian colleagues’ jubilation as we wish them a happy anniversary and all the best for establishing a democratic state, reflecting their aspirations for a better future for the coming generation. This is truly what they rightfully deserve. Therefore, out of respect and in order to honor the occasion, we took the decision to postpone the Middle East Conference to 26-28 of March 2012. Discussing the Key Issues The Middle East Conference is designed to encourage constructive dialogue on the key issues facing the aviation industry in the region. The main objective is to create a platform that can captivate the inspiration of all stakeholders, and put forward innovative ideas for reshaping Middle East airspace in a way that responds to the ever- growing traffic demand in a safe and efficient manner.We have lined up a number of aviation leaders from around the world to present their views on the hottest industry topics: ASBUs , SBAS, CDM and many more . You can find more information in the conference programme, available to download from the event page.Since the conference is being held in Egypt, the theme we have developed is ‘Joining Three Regions’, with the intention of bringing together leaders from Africa, Europe and the Middle East. These regions are critical to the development of global aviation and we need to develop suitable solutions to common challenges if we are to preparare for future harmonisation.

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  • 30 Jan 12Decisions, Decisions…

    I’ve been working as the CANSO Safety Programme Manager since November 2010 on a two year secondment from the FAA and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every minute of it (okay, almost every minute). Therefore, when an opportunity came to me to take on a new position in the FAA-ATO Safety Office, a position that represents a significant increase in my area of responsibility and interests me a lot I still had to pause. That’s because if I accepted I wouldn’t be able to continue as the CANSO Safety PM. In the end I decided to take the new position for the reasons I’ve mentioned plus it’s an area where I think I can contribute a lot. So, I’ve left my role as CANSO Safety PM and I’m now the ATO Manager for Safety Performance and Analysis. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and using what I’ve learned while with CANSO to meet those challenges. Experience and Opportunities In conversations about the position with Joseph Teixeira, the ATO Vice President for Safety, I spoke at length about what a great experience my time with CANSO has been. The opportunity to work closely with service provision, airline, airports and regulatory professionals from around the world has provided me experiences and opportunities to learn the industry in ways that aren’t available from purely domestic positions. Joseph has an extensive international background and is actively involved in CANSO, so I wasn’t telling him anything he didn’t know.

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  • 18 Jan 12Membership is Just the First Step

    Last year CANSO welcomed five new members from the Asia-Pacific region. The New Year saw Angkasa Pura II, the ANSP of Jakarta FIR joining CANSO thus bringing the total number of CANSO members in the region to 12.

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