Game changers in ATM operations: Part 1

23 February 2017

In the lead up to the CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference 2017, Phil Rakena, PBN Implementation Project Manager, Airways New Zealand and CANSO Performance-based Navigation Workgroup (PBN WG) co-chair, looks at how implementation of performance-based navigation (PBN) is critical to efficient ATM in the future.

There are many challenges facing our industry as we move into the next decade and beyond, including constrained resources, increasing cost of improvements, varying stakeholder priorities and environmental issues. Each must be handled in a way that promotes robust and integrated solutions.

At the forthcoming CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference 2017 (9-10 March) – part of CANSO ATM Week – we will consider how harmonisation of standards is crucial for globally interoperable solutions and why this must be supported by a regulatory environment that meets industry needs and objectives. As those in the industry are already well aware, coordinated efforts in these areas will better prepare our industry and our partners for the future and ensure that operational benefits are realised in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Ahead of this discussion, CANSO has this week launched a new guide, Performance-Based Navigation for ANSPs: Concept 2030.

This guide has been developed to help CANSO Members as they prepare for or continue with PBN implementation. It provides a look at the projected state of PBN operations in 2030, as well as some considerations for our industry’s global transition from tactical air traffic control to performance-based air traffic management.

Rather than preparing a detailed PBN implementation roadmap – which is considered within the CANSO Performance-Based Navigation – Best Practice Guide for ANSPs – CANSO has developed a vision of strategic possibilities that offer opportunities for systemic operational advances, consideration of coordinated investment opportunities, and improvements in infrastructure to realise operational cost benefits.

As the guide demonstrates, a shared vision of this PBN future and a commitment to strong collaboration between ANSPs and stakeholders will ensure that we make the right decisions at the appropriate times and progress PBN as a major force in operational safety, efficiency, and capacity.

We look forward to discussing this and how to manage other important operational issues that will affect our future in more detail at the CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference.

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About the author

Phil Rakena, PBN Implementation Project Manager, Airways New Zealand and CANSO Performance-based Navigation Workgroup (PBN WG) co-chair

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