Asia Pacific Quarterly Update

Quarter 1, 2019

CANSO participated in the meeting of the ICAO South East Asia and Bay of Bengal (SEA/BOB) Sub-Regional ADS-B Implementation Working Group Meetingin Bangkok in November. CANSO called for a renewed focus on implementing ADS-B surveillance in line with the Beijing Ministerial Declaration of 2018. As more States have installed ADS-B stations, the meeting agreed that it would be timely to monitor more closely the progress of data sharing initiatives.

CANSO also participated in the meeting of the ICAO APAC Regional Aviation Safety Team (APRAST) in Bangkok in December. We were represented by AEROTHAI, which delivered a presentation on the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Safety Management Systems and the CANSO SEANS-Safety programme. The presentation showcased CANSO’s efforts in helping ANSPs improve their safety performance to ICAO and safety regulators from the Asia Pacific region.

The CANSO Asia Pacific Operations Workgroup and CANSO Asia Pacific Safety Workgroup met in the Maldives for their second bi-annual meeting in December. The two-day meetings were hosted by the Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL), with active participation by some 40 participants from 15 organisations. The Safety Workgroup conducted a runway safety workshop while the Operations Workgroup discussed the development of an implementation strategy for ATM operations in the region.

The CANSO Director Asia Pacific Affairs attended ICAO’s Second Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP/2) Global Summitin Shenzhen, China, as a panel speaker. The panel discussed how the NGAP initiative can be addressed at a global level and the focus areas in the ICAO global NGAP strategy. As a key industry partner, CANSO supported the need for a global strategy to meet the expected shortfall in qualified aviation personnel.

In January 2019, CANSO conducted a week long Multi-Nodal ATFM Training Workshop in Singapore. The workshop was a collaborative effort led by CANSO and supported by CAAS, AEROTHAI and IATA to train ATFM specialists from the Asia Pacific region in the application of Multi-Nodal ATFM. As part of CANSO’s support for ICAO and the Beijing Ministerial Declaration, the workshop was opened to all ANSPs and civil aviation authorities in the region. The workshop saw a total of 38 participants and speakers from 20 organisations. 

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