17 August 2009
Hai Eng Chiang's Asia-Pacific Blog
CANSO Chairman Addresses World Civil Aviation Chief Executive Forum in Singapore
On 6 August, CANSO's Chairman Ashley Smout addressed over 100 CEOs of CAAs, airports and ANSPs at the World Civil Aviation Chief Executive Forum in Singapore.
Also present at the conference were the President of ICAO and the Presidents of ECAC, AFCAC and LACAC. The theme of the Conference was “Aviation in Challenging times: Building Resilience, Leading Recovery”.
Many CEOs must have pondered over what it will take for their organisations to build the resilience needed to survive the current financial storm and to lead recovery when it abates. At the conference, speakers talked about the need for regulatory changes and the need to capitalise on partnerships, technological breakthroughs and emerging markets. No doubt, these are all important strategies but in my mind, resilience and leadership come down to just one word – achieving “Excellence” in what we do.
Appropriately, Ashley spoke on the topic “Hallmarks of ANSP Excellence”, which he succinctly narrowed down to three areas: Safety Excellence, Operational Excellence and Commercial Excellence. He highlighted the achievements of CANSO in leading the industry towards ATM excellence including the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Safety Management System, operational excellence in all phases of flight where he cited collaborative programmes such as ASPIRE and the ADS-B project over the South China Sea and how these can contribute towards improvements for the airlines and the environment. On commercial excellence, Ashley spoke about the impact of the severe financial downturn on ANSPs and why the current cost recovery model needs to evolve into one that is performance based and focused on the efficiency of ANSPs.
Ashley’s presentation was timely and well received, and his presence at the conference reinforced CANSO’s growing profile as the Global Voice of ATM. On a personal note, I was glad to have the opportunity to discuss Asia-Pacific issues with Ashley when he was in Singapore, as well as to join him on a visit to the IATA Regional Office.