Asia Pacific Quarterly Updates 2016

Quarter Four, 2016

In August, CANSO participated in the ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-APAC) meeting and the 53rd Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Asia Pacific Region in Colombo, Sri Lanka. CANSO presented discussion papers on CANSO publications to highlight industry best practices and their application to ANSPs, including Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), the CANSO Standard of Excellence in ANS – Safety (SEANS-Safety) and Emergency Response Planning for ANSPs. CANSO also briefed the DGCAs on the CANSO Acquisition Excellence Workgroup and encouraged CANSO Members in the region to participate in its work.

In late August, CANSO participated in the Multi-Nodal ATFM Operational Trial Meeting in Bangkok in support of the region’s ATFM efforts. This was followed by our participation in the annual ICAO Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Group (APANPIRG) meeting in September in Bangkok where participating States, CANSO and IATA presented a joint paper on the progress of the Multi-Nodal ATFM project. Singapore, CANSO and IATA also presented a joint working paper on the need to strengthen aeronautical meteorology (MET) and ATM integration.

We welcome the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong as our latest CANSO Member, bringing the total number of ANSPs in APC3 to 22 ANSPs.

Quarter Three, 2016

The annual CANSO Asia Pacific Conference was held in Queenstown, New Zealand in May. Hosted by Airways New Zealand, the conference attracted a record turn-out of over 170 participants from 58 organisations. With the theme “Shaping Asia Pacific ATM – Global Vision, Regional Action” the conference put the spotlight on ANSPs in the region and examined how they were responding to the global vision of a seamless sky. It provided an opportunity for the CANSO regional workgroups to showcase their achievements in cross-border collaboration in automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B), Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) and safety. The conference had, for the first time, a joint safety and operations workshop on human performance and fatigue management. This was followed by workshops on safety management maturity and implementing ASBUs and performance-based navigation (PBN).

The CANSO Asia Pacific Safety and Operations Workgroups met in Queenstown to discuss ongoing regional initiatives in safety and operations and to exchange ideas and best practices. The two workgroup meetings had keen participation by 32 representatives from 15 Members.

CANSO participated in the Asia Pacific RPAS Symposium organised and hosted by CAAS in Singapore. The CANSO representative from the CANSO APAC Operations Workgroup gave a presentation on RPAS in a session on “Breaking Frontiers - Envisioning a Future with Fully Integrated RPAS Operations”. CANSO also participated in the ICAO ATFM Steering Group in Bangkok where papers on project updates and operational and technical issues were jointly tabled with IATA and the States involved in the multi-nodal ATFM initiative.


Quarter Two, 2016

CANSO continues to work closely with regional ANSPs and IATA on a sub-regional air traffic flow management (ATFM) system to manage air traffic flow in the region. In February, CANSO participated in the Eighth Distributed Multi-Nodal ATFM Operational Trial Project Meeting hosted by AEROTHAI in Bangkok. The sub-regional ATFM project has progressed from concept to the operational trial phase; and the first part of the operational trial involving testing of communications, information dissemination and table top exercises has been successfully completed. The next part of the operational trial phase will involve demonstration flights followed by limited-scope operational service planned for the second half of 2016.

In March, the Asia Pacific CANSO CEO Committee (APC3) endorsed a draft CANSO Asia Pacific Regional Safety Implementation Strategy developed by the CANSO APAC Safety Workgroup. The strategy is based on the feedback and contributions of regional ANSPs and, while tailored to the region, is aligned with the CANSO Global Safety Strategy. In particular, it describes the tactical and strategic improvement plans drawn from a number safety areas identified under the global safety strategy themes. The APAC Safety Workgroup will coordinate the regional activities to deliver the implementation strategy and regularly review progress and priorities.

In April, CANSO participated in the ICAO ADS-B Task Force Meeting and the first meeting of the ICAO Surveillance Implementation Coordination Group in Bangkok where we urged States and ANSPs that had already concluded ADS-B data sharing agreements in the Bay of Bengal and South China Sea areas to quickly proceed with their implementation to reap the full benefits in flight safety and efficiency.


Quarter One, 2016

In November 2014, CANSO participated as a speaker at the ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) Conference on Air Traffic Management in Yangon organised by the EU as part of its ASEAN Air Transport Integration Project. Noting that 7 out of 10 ASEAN ANSPs are CANSO Members, CANSO highlighted the opportunity for the ANSPs of ASEAN to collaborate even more closely to drive safety and efficiency improvements and to maintain the momentum achieved so far in ADS-B and air traffic flow management and collaborative decision making (ATFM/CDM).

CANSO also participated as a panel speaker in the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium in New Delhi. At the symposium we highlighted CANSO’s contribution to the ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) initiative and the ASBU training course offered by CANSO/MITRE at the Singapore Aviation Academy.

CANSO spoke at this year’s Regional Meeting of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controller Associations (IFATCA) in Macau. CANSO introduced itself to the controllers from ANSPs across the region and to the work that CANSO is doing globally and in the region to enhance airspace capacity and flight safety.

The CANSO APAC Operations and Safety Workgroups met in Singapore in November. The meeting was hosted by CAAS and attracted 32 experts from 11 ANSPs. The APAC Safety Workgroup discussed safety challenges and exchanged information on best practices such as fatigue management and risk analysis. The workgroup also finalised the draft CANSO APAC Regional Safety Implementation Strategy for endorsement at the next Asia Pacific CANSO CEO Committee (APC3) meeting. The APAC Operations Workgroup discussed various capacity enhancement initiatives, the outcome of its survey on RPAS operations as well as the work done for ICAO on aircraft tracking. Both workgroups also discussed plans for the workshops that would be held in conjunction with the CANSO Asia Pacific Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand 4-6 May.

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