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CANSO Welcomes Output of ICAO 12th Air Navigation Conference and the Draft Revised ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan

3 December 2012

The conclusion of the ICAO 12th Air Navigation Conference (AN-Conf/12) in Montreal on 30 November 2012 saw agreement on a draft revised Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) that will guide industry planning and implementation activities over the next two decades. More than 1,000 delegates from 120 Contracting States and 30 International Organisations attended AN-Conf/12 to achieve consensus on the next steps to achieving an interoperable, seamless and global air traffic management system for international civil aviation. The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) played a key role in the process by presenting working papers that were incorporated into the draft recommendations, and by representing a credible global voice for air traffic management on topics ranging from enabling technology to improved standards-setting, policy-making and regulatory practices.

For the first time, the GANP includes a timeline for which future improvements can be implemented by States in accordance with their needs. The Conference unanimously endorsed the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) framework introduced by ICAO to set goals in terms of operational improvements on a consensus-driven basis. CANSO contributed to the ASBU framework and guidance material for implementation and will continue to be part of a collaborative process involving all aviation stakeholders to see that operational improvements are carried out in line with global performance improvement criteria. The ASBUs allow for development at regional and sub-regional level to also align with wider interregional goals of optimising capacity and improving flight path efficiencies.

“CANSO’s views were duly taken into account by the conference in its deliberations, and many delegates complemented us on the working papers we submitted. It has been the culmination of 10 months of hard work and focus,” said Eugene Hoeven, CANSO Director ICAO Affairs.

ICAO is due to endorse the draft Fourth Edition of the GANP at the ICAO Assembly in September 2013. It is expected to introduce a globally coordinated strategy that reflects the industry’s collective vision of an interoperable air traffic management system and to lay down clear goals in terms of operational improvements for safe and efficient traffic growth. CANSO already plays a important role in bringing the industry together through its Standing Committees and Working Groups that deliver policy and set best practice standards on behalf of its Members. This activity will continue, for example in a shared vision for a global data link system for ATM, achieving common standards for system wide information management (SWIM), and wider sharing of best practice amongst CANSO’s membership. CANSO has also entered into partnership agreements with stakeholder organisations including Airports Council International (ACI) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) to collaborate on improved flight efficiencies and environmental performance.

During the concluding remarks of AN-Conf/12, usually reserved for States’ delegations, CANSO was given the opportunity to speak. Hoeven concluded: “Mr President, CANSO’s participation in this 12th Air Navigation Conference has been its first as an officially-recognised international organisation, and we greatly appreciate the receptiveness this Conference has shown to our views. We would like to express our appreciation on a job well done over these last two weeks”.

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