How Asia Pacific can create the future and lead change in ATM

12 May 2017

Gearing for growth panel session at CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2017

We have all heard of the saying that it is not the strongest or even the most intelligent that survives but the one that is most adaptable to change. This nugget of wisdom is perhaps even more relevant today given the accelerating speed of technological change and the disruption that comes with it.

However, it is not just about the difficulties and challenges brought about by change. When we embrace change and discard old mind-sets, we also open up a whole new vista of opportunities for innovation and transformation.

It was therefore timely that the CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2017 focused on the theme 'Gearing for Growth in the Asia Pacific - Embracing Change, Building Capabilities'.

Hosted by VATM Corporation in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, from 3-5 May 2017, the conference examined why business as usual for ATM in the region is unsustainable given the challenges of unbridled growth and the impact of disruptive technology. Quite aptly, Viet Nam itself is at the forefront of this, with the growth of its aviation market forecast to be among the world's top five over the next 20 years.

The conference saw an enthusiastic turn-out of 154 participants from 51 organisations. CEOs from the region's leading ANSPs as well as experts from industry and ATM research institutes shared their views on the changing landscape and how ANSPs can make a successful transition by harnessing the power of innovation, collaboration and partnerships.

CEOs talked about how they were transforming their ANSPs to meet the challenges of the future while experts presented the latest developments in space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management, remote/smart towers and the need to harness real-time digital data flows for aeronautical information management (AIM).

In addition, the conference featured a joint safety and operations workshop on managing change and human factors. This was followed by a workshop on the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Safety Management Systems (SoE SMS) and a workshop on the collaborative use of ATM data. These provided participants the opportunity to discuss the latest best practices and guidance as well as key operational and safety issues on a more interactive basis.

Alongside a number of informal networking opportunities, participants were also able to find out about the latest product innovations and services from Aireon, Aeronav Inc, Easat Radar Systems, Flightyield, Indra, Metron Aviation, NATS and NTT Data in the dedicated exhibition area, and to talk to their teams.

This year's CANSO Asia Pacific Conference was a great success. Our sincere thanks to our gracious host, VATM, for the opportunity to bring together ATM industry leaders and experts to Ha Noi to share their experiences and ideas to prepare for the future. Last but not least, I would like to acknowledge the support from our lead sponsor Aireon, as well as the other sponsors Northrup Grumman Park Air Systems, Thales and Metron Aviation.

Our task now is clear. As the world's largest aviation market poised to grow even larger, the Asia Pacific region has the opportunity, and indeed responsibility, to drive and lead the change needed to transform ATM. Let us work together to strengthen our capabilities and embrace the changes that are crucial for the delivery of safe, efficient, and effective airspace management.

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Hai Eng Chiang Director Asia Pacific Affairs, CANSO

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