ICAO Quarterly Update


Quarter 2, 2018

In March, the current ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, was re-appointed for a second term by acclamation, running from August 2018 to August 2021. The Council also appointed Mr. Jiefang Huang (China) to the post of Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau and Mr. Jorge Vargas Araya (Costa Rica) to the post of Director, Technical Cooperation Bureau.

CANSO is liaising with the ICAO Secretariat on a new runway surface reporting format which will become effective by 2020. ICAO is planning a Global Symposium in March 2019 in Montreal to discuss the new reporting format, including SNOWTAMs, and will also hold further regional symposia. CANSO will provide suggestions for the agenda and offer support on effective implementation of the new reporting format by assisting CANSO Members where necessary.

CANSO is finalising working papers for the ICAO 13th Air Navigation Conference (AN Conf/13). It will submit eight papers on the following subjects:

• UAS traffic management (UTM) asking for interoperability between UTM and ATM where appropriate;
• Space and near space operations, asking for safeguards while operating through controlled airspace;
• The cyber effect of introducing SWIM, asking for security by design and security through life cycle;
• The possibilities of space based ADS-B, asking ICAO to adjust SARPS where necessary to allow its introduction; a paper on digital tower operations, asking ICAO to use already developed regulations and guidance in other regions to speed up international legislation;
• Investments in ATM, describing the importance of efficient, safe and modern ATM systems and States' responsibilities to promote proper funding; and
• Interoperability of ATM systems, asking ICAO and its member States to ensure the efficient global interoperability of newly developed aeronautical information systems (AIM).

Once agreed internally, CANSO will invite industry partners to co-sign, increasing visibility and support for each paper. The papers will be circulated to Members in June, for information and promotion to States.

CANSO attended the yearly ICAO Council informal briefing from the ICAO Regional Offices in February 2018. The briefing included ICAO goals and objectives for 2018 until 2020. Highlights and presentations of the briefing were shared with the CANSO region directors and programme managers for them to share with CANSO Members. All ICAO regional offices recognised the need for further improvement of regional coordination between States and industry.

In conjunction with ICAO's Chief, Airspace Management and Optimization Section, CANSO has called on ICAO to address concerns about the ICAO PANS-ATM Amendment 7A (SIDs and STARs Phraseology) Procedures. This follows feedback from some CANSO Members that it has been challenging to implement the new phraseology due to safety concerns and increasing workloads of air traffic controllers.

The ICAO Council will host a High-Level Conference on Aviation Security (HLCAS/2) following the Aviation Security Symposium 2018 (AVSEC2018) in November 2018. These events will assist ICAO in setting the aviation security agenda for the coming triennium. Representing the global ATM industry, CANSO will submit ATM priorities as part of this, including the cyber protection of future ATM infrastructure and procedures, such as system wide information management (SWIM).

ICAO has determined that the inclusion of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in Annex 19 and the Safety Management Manual (SMM, Doc 9859) will be postponed until 2020. This is to give the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems & Safety Management Panel Task Force (RPASP/SMP TF) time to comprehensively review and update the draft for the Safety Management Manual (SMM), including input from the CANSO membership on the latest trends and considerations in this area.

The ICAO Aviation Security Panel (AVSEC) has agreed to expand the activities of the Secretariat Study Group on Cybersecurity (SSGC) not only from the regulatory point of view – to achieve global harmonisation – but also to accelerate work on effective responses to cyber threats, contingency planning and the human interface. CANSO is an active member of the SSGC, providing its expertise on ATM related cyber issues.

The Twenty-ninth Meeting of the Aviation Security Panel (AVSECP/29) reviewed the latest edition of the ICAO Global Risk Context Statement (RCS). The RCS provides information on threats and risks facing civil aviation, as well as a methodology for States and aviation security stakeholders to conduct risk assessments. As such it is vital for the successful implementation of the first priority objective of the Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP); enhance risk awareness and response. While not publically available, a copy of the RCS is available at CANSO ICAO Affairs office and the CANSO team can offer advice in this area.

The CANSO ICAO Affairs office in Montreal has moved to 1000 De La Gauchetière Suite 2430. If you would like to arrange a time to visit, please get in touch.


Quarter 1, 2018

In December, CANSO took part in ICAO's Second Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS/2) and First Safety and Air Navigation Implementation Symposium (SANIS/1) in Montreal. CANSO took the opportunity to strengthen its profile and discuss CANSO's priorities within an important global forum. I am very grateful to those CANSO Members who also participated and supported CANSO.

CANSO spoke on a range of topics and shared its positions. With regard to UAS traffic management (UTM), CANSO highlighted the importance of interoperability and coordination. On commercial space operations, CANSO noted the importance of commercial operators having a safety management system (SMS) in accordance with ICAO Annex 19. In addition, during a session on civil/military cooperation, CANSO highlighted the need to coordinate, collaborate, and cooperate in sharing equipment, technology, and flexible airspace, utilising A-CDM processes. Indeed, the new ICAO Manual 10088, Civil-Military Cooperation, in which CANSO was a significant contributor, details the importance of fostering a greater understanding of each other's requirements. When targeting cyber threats or vulnerabilities, CANSO recommended that States should not only focus on technical solutions but also take into account the human factors.

All CANSO positions were well received and supported, and these will be further developed and presented to the ICAO 13th Air Navigation Conference (AN-Conf/13) in October 2018. In addition, CANSO has initiated discussions with ACI, IATA, ICCAIA, IFALPA and IFATCA regarding joining efforts to produce common industry papers for AN-Conf/13.

During ICAO's Second Global Runway Safety Symposium (GRSS2) held in Lima Peru in November, CANSO discussed the importance of Runway Safety Teams (RST) and the use of the airport collaborative decision-making (A-CDM) system for coordination. In addition, CANSO highlighted the CANSO Runway Incursions survey and the CANSO Runway Incursions microsite. During the seminar, ICAO launched the 2nd Global Runway Safety Action Plan that was developed together with the Runway Safety Programme Partners, of which CANSO is a member.

CANSO also attended the ICAO Separation and Airspace Safety Panel (SASP) that was held in Canberra, Australia. CANSO achieved a preliminary agreement on separation criteria for the use of space-based automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B), and there was agreement on the modelling needed to determine the separation criteria, to be ready before 2020.

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