Asia Pacific Quarterly Update 2015

Quarter Four, 2015

CANSO participated in this year’s ICAO Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Group (APANPIRG) meeting in Bangkok and presented papers highlighting its recent best practices publications on implementing PBN, crossing FIR boundaries and recommended KPIs for measuring ANSP performance. The latter was especially relevant as the region had recently established a Regional ATM Measurement Performance Framework (RAMPF) working group of which CANSO is a member.

In August, a 5-day course, “Methodology and Best Practices for Aviation System Block Upgrades Implementation” took place in Singapore attracting 38 participants from 15 States and organisations. The course was jointly organised by MITRE and the Singapore Aviation Academy as a quality service from CANSO.

CANSO has continued to work closely with ICAO, IATA and the regional ANSPs to develop a network-based cross-border solution to manage air traffic flow in the region. An operational trial of the ATFM/CDM concept involving several ANSPs led by AEROTHAI and CAAS has started. In support of the region’s ATFM efforts, CANSO participated in the ATFM Operational Trial Meeting in Bangkok and an ATFM workshop in New Delhi.

CANSO also participated in the ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Aviation Safety Team (APRAST) meeting in September followed by the Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-APAC) meeting and the Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Conference in October 2015. At the DGCA Conference in Manila, CANSO presented a paper on ANSP performance measurement as well as joint papers with Singapore on a review of the cost benefit analysis for ADS-B implementation over the South China Sea and the ASBU training course. An information paper highlighting the CANSO publication on ANSP considerations for RPAS operations was also shared with the conference.

CANSO is pleased to welcome CAA Philippines as a new Member of CANSO. This brings the number of regional Members to 21 ANSPs.

 

Quarter Three, 2015

This year’s CANSO Asia Pacific Conference was hosted by Japan Air Navigation Service (JANS) in Fukuoka in May. The conference theme “Towards Seamless Sky in the Asia Pacific – Building Capabilities, Partnering for Success” examined how ANSPs in the region are building their capabilities and working with their neighbours and partners towards the common vision of a seamless sky. Workshops on Seamless ATM and Safety Management also took place. The conference attracted 146 participants from 46 organisations across the region.

The CANSO Asia Pacific Safety and Operations Workgroups also met in Fukuoka in May to discuss regional projects and to exchange ideas and best practices. A highlight was the signing of an ADS-B Data Sharing Agreement between DCA Myanmar and the Airports Authority of India at the joint sessions of the two workgroups. The Agreement underlined the importance of close collaboration among neighbouring ANSPs in improving ATM performance and provided the framework for ADS-B data exchange and surveillance that would enhance the safety and efficiency of flights over the Bay of Bengal.

CANSO has continued to work closely with ICAO/IATA and the regional ANSPs to develop a network-based cross-border solution to manage air traffic flow in the region. In June 2015, CANSO participated in a meeting of the distributed multi-nodal ATFM initiative in Bangkok, following which an operational trial of the ATFM/CDM concept was started involving several ANSPs led by AEROTHAI and CAAS. The first phase of the trial, which started on 29 June, is to test the communications and capacity/demand balancing aspects of the ATFM concept in the handling of airport arrival constraints.

 

Quarter Two, 2015

In Asia Pacific, CANSO has continued to work closely with ICAO (as a member of the ICAO ATFM Steering Group) and IATA to develop a regional ATFM framework through the sharing of information and best practices. The multi-nodal ATFM initiative is a collaborative effort to develop a networkbased cross-border solution to manage air traffic flow in the region. It has received strong support and CANSO Members such as Airservices Australia, AirNav Indonesia, Vietnam ATM and Cambodia ATS. The first phase of an operational trial of the distributed multi-nodal ATFM/CDM concept is scheduled to commence in mid-2015.

CANSO participated in the ICAO ADS-B Study and Implementation Task Force meeting in April 2015 to help push for ADS-B collaboration in the region. With the completion of the first phase of ADS-B implementation in the South China Sea, CANSO and CAAS jointly presented a review of the cost benefits at the meeting to encourage further collaboration in ADS-B data sharing among ANSPs.

In March 2015, APC3 welcomed CAA Nepal as its newest Member. This brings the number of Full Members in APC3 from four ANSPs in 2008, when the region was formed, to 20 ANSPs today (18 from the region plus two non-geographic Members).

 

Quarter One, 2015

At the APAC Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Conference in Hong Kong in November 2014, we presented CANSO's guidance document on ASBU strategic planning and the CANSO ASBU course, the first of which was conducted in Singapore in April 2014. We also highlighted the cyber security threat to ATM and shared best practices in the CANSO Cyber Security and Risk Assessment Guide. The DGCA Conference encouraged States to avail themselves of the CANSO guidance material and to participate in future CANSO ASBU courses.

CANSO continued to promote ADS-B implementation and the need for a harmonised ATFM framework in the region through active participation at the ICAO ADS-B Working Group Meeting in Singapore in November 2014 and at the ICAO ATFM Steering Group Meeting in Bangkok in December 2014. CANSO provided technical input on ATFM to assist in the development of a regional ATFM framework and joined IATA and several States to table a paper at the DGCA Conference in support of an operational ATFM trial scheduled for this year. We also participated in an ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-APAC) meeting in Hong Kong in November 2014 where it endorsed a Runway Safety Maturity Checklist initiative led by CANSO for the ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Aviation Safety Team.

CANSO held the second of its bi-annual Asia Pacific Operations Workgroup and Safety Workgroup meetings in Melbourne from 9 to10 December 2014. Hosted by Airservices Australia, the two workgroup meetings saw a total of 35 safety and operations experts from 12 Members discussing ATM safety and operational challenges in the region and how they could share information on best practices and work together on joint projects to improve flight safety and efficiency.

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