Asia Pacific Quarterly Update 2017

 Quarter 4, 2017

CANSO participated in the Asia Pacific Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in August and the meeting of the ICAO Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG) in Bangkok in September.  At both events, CANSO shared its publication, ATC Automation Interface between FIRs: Best Practice Guide for ANSPs, and urged States to implement ATS interfacility data communications (AIDC) in support of the ICAO APAC Seamless ATM Plan. CANSO also tabled an information paper at APANPIRG on its efforts to help ANSPs implement A-CDM both globally and in the region where CANSO is a member of the ICAO APAC A-CDM Task Force.

Some 29 participants from 15 Members attended the CANSO AIS-AIM Transition Strategy Workshop in Singapore in September. The workshop provided AIS/AIM planners with a high level strategic overview of the AIS-AIM transition roadmap and discussed best practices and possible approaches to overcoming the challenges faced by ANSPs. Facilitated by the Chair of the CANSO AIM Workgroup, the workshop included a presentation of the CANSO AIM Training Development Guidance Manual as well as presentations by Airservices Australia, CAAS, JANS, VATM, NATS and CAD Hong Kong to share experiences.

CANSO held a two-day workshop on measuring operational performance in Jakarta, Indonesia in September at the request of AirNav Indonesia. The Chair of the CANSO Operational Performance Workgroup facilitated the workshop which was also supported by the FAA. 


Quarter 3, 2017

The CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2017 was held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam in May, hosted by Vietnam ATM Corporation (VATM) and attracted 154 participants from 51 organisations. The presentations explored how ANSPs can successfully strengthen capabilities in the region by embracing change and harnessing new technology through collaboration and partnerships. In addition, there was an exhibition featuring the latest ATM products and services, and several workshops on operational and safety best practice.

To encourage participation and understanding of SEANS-Safety (the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Air Navigation Services - Safety ), CANSO Asia Pacific Members took part in a SEANS -Safety assistant assessor training course in May, attended by 27 participants from 12 ANSPs. CANSO subsequently conducted a SEANS-Safety assessment for VATM in May 2017, and plans are underway to do further SEANS-Safety assessments in the region.

In July, CANSO gave a presentation to States on the objectives and benefits of the SEANS-Safety initiative at the annual ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group - APAC (RASG - APAC) meeting in Bangkok. This was well received, and States whose ANSPs are CANSO Members were encouraged to promote participation in the programme.

The CANSO Asia Pacific Safety Workgroup and Operations Workgroup met in Ha Noi in May. The Safety Workgroup discussed the Asia Pacific Safety Implementation Strategy, while the Operations Workgroup focused on the implementation of several key ICAO ASBU initiatives including ADS-B collaboration, Multi-Nodal ATFM/CDM, AIDC implementation and MET-ATM collaboration.

In May, I called on the Director General of the Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) in Beijing to discuss CANSO membership and ATM developments in China. I also spoke at the China Civil Aviation Development Forum in Beijing in May and at the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum in Singapore in July.  


Quarter 2 2017

CANSO has agreed to support an ICAO proposal for an ICAO Asia Pacific 'PBN Go-Team' to assist Asia Pacific States that have difficulty implementing PBN. CANSO has provided ICAO with its areas of expertise and, depending on the needs of the requesting State, the PBN Go-Team led by ICAO will have members drawn from CANSO, IATA, IFALPA and other industry partners as appropriate.

In April, CANSO participated in the first ICAO APAC Asia/Pacific Unmanned Aircraft Systems (APUAS) Task Force meeting in Bangkok, outlining the work of the CANSO RPAS and Emerging Technologies Workgroup. We presented the CANSO publication on ANSP Considerations for RPAS Operations, as well as recently developed material on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) introductory training for ANSPs (available on the Global ATM Net). CANSO also shared the results of a survey on RPAS/UAS practices and regulations conducted among Asia Pacific Members (available to Asia Pacific Operations Workgroup Members on Global ATM Net) and recommended that a more comprehensive survey be conducted for all Asia Pacific States to serve as a basis for further work. CANSO has offered to help ICAO develop guidance material for the regulation and safe operation of UAS from an ATM perspective.

As part of our continuing support for the Distributed Multi-Nodal ATFM project in Asia Pacific, CANSO participated in an ATFM project implementation meeting in Bangkok, hosted by AEROTHAI. ANSPs, CANSO and other stakeholders reviewed the outcome of the operational trial involving the application of ATFM measures in periods of airport constraints, and planned for the next stage of limited operations involving airspace constraints.

Quarter 1, 2017

The second bi-annual meetings of the CANSO Asia Pacific Safety Workgroup and the CANSO Asia Pacific Operations Workgroup were held in November in Bali, Indonesia. The Workgroup meetings were hosted by AirNav Indonesia and opened by the Director General of Civil Aviation of Indonesia and the President Director of AirNav. Some 50 participants from 15 ANSPs attended.

The Asia Pacific Safety Workgroup shared Member safety updates, and followed-up on the CANSO Asia Pacific Regional Safety Implementation Strategy by holding a Risk Assessment Tool workshop. The Workgroup also worked on an internal film to help publicise the regional safety strategy, and agreed to hold a SEANS-Safety workshop prior to the CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2017 in Ha Noi.

The Asia Pacific Operations Workgroup discussed ongoing cross-border projects, such as air traffic flow management (ATFM), automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) and air traffic services interfacility data communications (AIDC). For AIDC implementation in the region, the Workgroup made use of the CANSO Automation Interface Between Flight Information Regions-Best Practice Guide
for ANSPs. It also agreed to use commercially available data offered by the FAA for measuring flight time performance of selected city pairs, and that conducting an AIS-AIM Transition Workshop in 2017 would be valuable.

CANSO continues to support the Distributed Multi-Nodal ATFM project in Asia Pacific. CANSO, IATA and the participating ANSPs, airports and airlines met in December in Singapore to review the outcome of ATFM operational trials involving airport constraints, and to plan for the next phase which would involve airspace constraints. The meeting noted the successful roll-out of ATFM measures for airport constraints and a reduction in airborne delay. The meeting also saw the participation of Airways New Zealand and
Japan Air Navigation Service for the first time.

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