CANSO Latin America & Caribbean Conference a Unique Platform for Industry Collaboration

27 September 2012

The Minister of Defence of the Republic of Argentina, Dr. Arturo A. Puricelli acknowledged the importance of CANSO in bringing together ANSPs and key stakeholder in the South American region towards a goal of collaboration and partnership leading to safer and more efficient air navigation services for the region.

Mr. Puricelli, added “The DGCTA is the Air Navigation Services Provider of the Republic of Argentina and identifies with ICAO’s guidelines of safety, ATM optimisation, client and public satisfaction and applying the appropriate regulation to mention a few.”

Dr Puricelli was the keynote speaker at CANSO’s 4th Latin America & Caribbean Conference taking place on 24 -26 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is the first CANSO event to be organised in the South America Region. With high level speakers and over 90 delegates attending, including representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Curacao, Chile, Mexico, Jamaica and Sint Maarten, it was a huge success.

Brigadier Alberto Palermo, Director General of Dirección General de Control de Tránsito Aéreo (DGCTA) outlined the separation process that Argentina was currently undergoing, whereby the air navigation services of Argentina would transfer from the Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC) to the DGCTA. The Republic of Argentina is the second largest country in South America, and if we draw an imaginary line, the airspace under control by the DGCTA stretches from Lisbon to Moscow.

Brigadier Palermo commented that “CANSO, through its proactive and practical approach in its operational seminars and Workgroups has assisted many countries to date and I am positive that the DGCTA will gain a lot of value from joining CANSO.”

Gabriela Logatto, National Director ANAC, similarly echoed the close cooperation that ANAC and DGCTA have successfully built in recent times.

Franklin Hoyer, Regional Director ICAO SAM office, highlighted the work being followed via the GREPECAS, and considering its restructure countries are now utilising virtual platform to save time and financial resources. Mr. Hoyer also emphasised that runway safety, CDM, civil – military coordination, PBN implementation and environment are key projects for the region. “The SAM region has implemented several RNAV routes and has reduced CO2 by approximately 23,000 tonnes.

Samantha Sharif, CANSO’s Director General (Interim), opened the 4th CANSO Latin America & Caribbean conference by highlighting the fact that CANSO honours its commitments by delivering results.

“Following agreement at our last LAC Conference, in the last 12 months, CANSO has provided PBN implementation guidance to several ANSPs. We are also developing an ADS-B guide that will concentrate on key areas for the implementation of ADS-B which will cover a cost-benefit analysis and operational considerations.

We are also progressing the safety agenda through our safety seminar where ANSP safety experts will work with your teams on practical steps to improve safety performance and safety outcomes.

We are working in partnership with ACI on CDM implementation and with ALTA and IATA on regional specific initiatives. Our stakeholders agree that CANSO has a significant role to play in representing the interests of ANSPs in the region.

CANSO forums provide a unique platform for networking and mutual collaboration, leading to significant results. So, I am also really pleased to see the cooperative agreements that were signed during our Conference.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Administracion Nacional de Aviacion Civil (ANAC) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement opening the door for ANAC and the FAA to build upon their collaborative relationship to further their mutual commitment to improve safety and efficiency in an environmentally sound manner.

NAV Portugal and the Departamento de Controlo do Espaço Aéreo (DECEA) of Brazil signed a Letter of Intent focussed on the continuous exchange of technical and operational information in the areas of Air Traffic Management (ATM), Research & Development (R&D), Aeronautical Information Services (AIS), Search And Rescue (SAR), Communication/Navigation/Surveillance (CNS) and Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM).”

Opportunities to progress cooperation between civil and military airspace was a key focus of the Conference, with both SENEAM and DECEA highlighting their progress in this area.

DECEA also spoke on the value of using a Performance Based Approach to measuring ANS performance. Mr Jurandyr Fonseca presented DECEA’s actions to advance the use of the performance-based approach to support the planning of the national ATS system transition. This included, the incremental build up of a core database to increase the availability and quality of performance indicators and supporting metrics.

Micilia Albertus-Verboom, Director General, Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP), recognised that there is a tremendous amount of work to deliver and we need to concentrate on delivery. Our aim is not just to leave this Conference with words but to transfer them into actions.

“It is not a secret that the Latin America and Caribbean region is experiencing significant growth in air traffic year by year. Hearing this type of news is gratifying; nevertheless, have we really analysed the impact of increasing air traffic demand? Will this lead to congestion, delays and inefficiencies? We need to act together now for the benefit of the region as a whole. The key to success is cooperation, therefore, let’s stop talking and start doing. I am positive and sure many of you agree, the increase of collaboration and coordination will definitely help accelerate progress towards a safer, more efficient and cost-effective ATM system in the region”.

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