CANSO Director APAC Affairs, Hai Eng Chiang, reviews the CANSO APAC Conference 2016

17 May 2016

The CANSO Asia Pacific Conference was held recently in Queenstown, New Zealand. 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 puts the spotlight on ANSPs of the region and examined how they were responding to the global vision of a seamless sky.

As noted by CANSO Director General Jeff Poole in his opening remarks, the Asia Pacific region continues to be a remarkable aviation success story boasting some of the busiest airports in the world where eight of the top 20 airports for passenger movement and cargo volume respectively are in the region. It was therefore not surprising that at the conference, many ANSPs and their stakeholders spoke of air traffic growth as the common and indeed the most pressing challenge facing the region.

It is often said that the first step to success begins with a vision but the global vision of a seamless sky can only be realised through concerted efforts focused on implementation at the regional and ANSP level. The basis of all regional actions is collaboration and this was clearly evident from the achievements of the CANSO regional workgroups presented at the conference. From the CANSO APAC Regional Safety Implementation Strategy to ADS-B collaboration and the multi-nodal ATFM initiative, CANSO APAC Members were clearly delivering tangible results by working together on a number of cross-border projects in the region.

The second day of the Conference saw for the first time, a joint Safety and Ops workshop on Human Performance and Fatigue Management. This was followed by a safety workshop on Safety Management Maturity which was held in parallel with an Ops workshop on ASBU and PBN implementation.

This year's CANSO Asia Pacific Conference was a great success judging from the positive feedback on the conference arrangements, proceedings and networking opportunities. More importantly, the Conference was a clarion call to action. It called on ANSPs in the region to collaborate more closely through active participation and to work together to make the global vision a reality.

To access the conference presentations, please visit the CANSO Events Page. The presentations are under the Downloads tab.

Asia Pacific


  • PBN
  • ADS-B
  • Event

About the author

Chiang Hai Eng, Director Asia Pacific Affairs CANSO

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