28 March 2014 Kapri Kupper's Operations Blog

Reviewing the CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference

Reviewing the CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference
As the new Operations Programme Manager for CANSO, I am just beginning what I expect will be an amazing experience working with CANSO Members, and particularly with the Operations Standing Committee (OSC) and its workgroups.

As you may know, I assumed this position from Anthony Tisdall. I would like to thank Tony for his patience, guidance, and for his committed friendship during this transition, all while doing double-duty in his new role as Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Air Traffic Control System Command Center. CANSO continues to grow in size and influence, and it has been the leadership and contribution of dedicated individuals like Tony that have helped to achieve this. Please join me in wishing him the very best in his new role.

World ATM Congress held in Madrid, Spain was an undeniable success. There were thousands of people in attendance with the numbers of both visitors and exhibitors having grown from the previous year. However, for me, the highlight of the week was the CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference 2014 – “Delivering the Operational Challenges of Vision 2020”. I am still reeling a bit from the vast array of information on the work in which the OSC is engaged, and I’m sure many of you are as well. It is evident that the high level of expertise and dedication of the OSC members is the key to the success of the workgroups, and to the event itself.

The Global ATM Operations Conference 2014 was opened by CANSO Director General Jeff Poole, Executive Committee champion for the Operations Standing Committee (OSC), Teri Bristol, and OSC Steering Committee Chair, Guz Nezer. The conference then moved directly into updates from our Workgroup chairs and Sub-Group leads including informative presentations and discussion on ATM Service Harmonisation, Collaborative Airspace, Aeronautical Information Management, Environment, and Operations Performance. We were very fortunate to have speakers from several of our ANSP Members, as well as ICAO, IATA, ACI, and Eurocontrol.

Of particular significance is that the OSC has two new sub-groups: one on Airport-Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM); and a cross-standing committee group working on ‘Crossing FIR Boundaries’. We are seeking both ANSP and industry leaders to be part of these newly forming teams. Additionally, the AIMWG is seeking members with expertise in Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM) and Weather Information Exchange Model (WIXM) to better align with the various information exchange models, as the industry moves towards SWIM technology. Please consider getting actively involved in CANSO OSC workgroups. It is the work of the CANSO members that actively steer and influence the outcomes.

Lastly, stayed tuned for the details regarding the Fall 2014 OSC Full WG meeting!

Kapri Kupper

Kapri Kupper

Kapri Kupper is on secondment from the FAA Air Traffic Organization. She has worked in ATM for over 25 years and brings an extensive knowledge of ATM operations.

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