Asia Pacific Quarterly Updates 2014

Quarter Four, 2014

In Asia Pacific, APC3 has continued to grow its regional membership with Cambodia Air Traffic Services (CATS) becoming its latest Asia Pacific Member on 1 October 2014, shortly after a visit by CANSO to Phnom Penh in August.

In pushing for an effective and harmonised air traffic flow management (ATFM) framework in the region, CANSO participated in an ATFM coordination meeting with ANSPs, IATA and IFATCA in Bangkok in August to discuss the operational trial of a distributed multi-nodal ATFM concept.

Subsequently, CANSO together with IATA and participating States, tabled a joint paper on the project at the ICAO Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG) meeting in Kuala Lumpur in September 2014.

At the APANPIRG meeting, CANSO also highlighted its initiatives in support of ASBU implementation specifically through its ASBU guidance document, “Introduction to the ASBU Modules” and the ASBU implementation course.

In late October, CANSO spoke on capacity building and its work in the region at the 50th anniversary seminar of the ATC Guild (India) in New Delhi. CANSO also delivered a presentation in support of Regional ATFM/CDM at the Asia Pacific ICAO ATFM workshop in Beijing.


Quarter Three, 2014

This year’s CANSO Asia Pacific Conference was hosted by Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd in Colombo, Sri Lanka with the theme “Enabling Safe and Sustainable Air Transport Growth in the Asia Pacific”. The conference saw speakers drawn from the CEOs of ANSPs across the region and attracted 148 participants from 48 organisations including ICAO, IATA, ACI and AAPA. Together with its workshops on Runway Safety and Collaborative ATM, the conference brought into focus ATM’s crucial role in supporting air transport and the urgent need for the region to build the ATM capacity needed for safe and sustainable growth.

At its latest meeting on 1 July 2014 in Dublin, APC3 welcomed its 17th member, the Vietnam ATM (VATM) Corporation, and reviewed the outcome of the APAC Conference and the latest CANSO Asia Pacific Safety and Operations Workgroup meetings in Colombo. APC3 also noted with satisfaction the on-going membership recruitment efforts and approved the regional budget and theme for next year’s APAC Conference to be hosted by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau in Fukuoka, Japan. On 1 August 2014, the Department of Civil Aviation, Myanmar joined CANSO and became the 18th member of APC3.

In his speech to the CANSO Asia-Pacific Conference, CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, outlined the importance of aviation to the economies of the Asia Pacific region, using examples from the new Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) report “Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders”. With passenger numbers set to triple by 2030, the future prosperity of the region will depend on its ability to handle the projected traffic growth.

CANSO’s Vision 2020 aims to enable such growth through the transformation of global ATM performance to achieve a globally harmonised and interoperable air navigation system capable of delivering a safe, efficient and seamless service.

CANSO’s efforts in the region to support the achievement of the Vision are focused on the implementation of ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) and in particular on ADS-B collaboration; air traffic flow management; collaborative decision making (CDM) and en-route performance-based navigation (PBN) harmonisation.

Jeff Poole concluded by making three important requests to States: enact better regulation based on outputs; allow ANSPs to operate like normal businesses; and work with each other to break down the barriers to global harmonisation. Only by working closely together across the industry and with States will we achieve seamless airspace globally and the transformation of global ATM performance.


Quarter Two, 2014

The Asia Pacific CANSO CEO Committee (APC3) had a record turn-out in Madrid where it welcomed CAA Mongolia as its newest member. The meeting reviewed the region’s Vision 2020 work plan and progress on SMS implementation and collaborative ATM. As part of its efforts to support aviation development in the region, CANSO participated in an ICAO Asia Pacific ATFM Steering Group meeting to develop a regional framework for collaborative air traffic flow management; and also the Myanmar Civil Aviation Development Conference in Yangon where we held a dialogue with DCA Myanmar on its ATM Master Plan.


Quarter One, 2014

The CANSO Asia Pacific Operations and Safety Workgroups met in Bangkok in November 2013 to discuss the regional strategy and work plan for the year ahead. More than forty ATM safety and operations experts from fourteen CANSO Asia Pacific ANSPs participated in the work group meetings. The APAC Operations Workgroup focused on the implementation of ADS-B collaboration, ATFM/CDM and en-route PBN harmonisation while the APAC Safety Workgroup completed its first SMS Safety Maturity Survey and discussed the key areas of SMS requiring the most attention in the region. The APAC Workgroups play a vital role in the implementation of Vision 2020 and the successful meetings in Bangkok are a clear indication of their commitment to transform ATM in the region.

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