ICAO Quarterly Update 2014

Quarter Four, 2014

ICAO Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation Arising from Conflict Zones
The first two meetings of the ICAO Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation Arising from Conflict Zones (TF RCZ) held in August were ably chaired by David McMillan with some strong and constructive inputs from industry. The TF produced 12 expected outcomes and related tasks that now form the TF RCZ work programme.

The Chairman has since delivered his interim report to the ICAO Council, and a working group involving certain ANSPs has already been established to test the use of the NOTAM system for the dissemination of risk assessment information concerning conflict zones. On the basis of a pilot project and testing results this month, ICAO will be issuing a State letter advising of the availability of a new NOTAM mechanism that could be used for disseminating such risk assessment information more widely among service providers and operators.

The ICAO Council, during its meeting on 28 October, considered and adopted unanimously a resolution that supports the completion of a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the loss of MH17, in accordance with ICAO guidelines. The Council appreciated the timely actions taken by the President of the Council and the Secretary General for the establishment of the TF RCZ, which had been driven hard by a collaborative effort of industry. The Council took note of the work done on the use of the NOTAM system to disseminate conflict zone information and the political difficulties associated with a centralised global information system on conflict zones. The work programme as proposed by the TF RCZ was approved and a comprehensive report with recommendations will be submitted for consideration to the High-level Safety Conference, which takes place 2-5 February 2015. The TF RCZ will meet for the last time 1-2 December 2014.

Aircraft Tracking Task Force
CANSO has been participating actively in the IATA-led industry Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) which has been assessing what can be done to improve global aircraft tracking capabilities in the light of the loss of MH370. The ATTF Report and Recommendations is now close to completion and will form an integral part of an ICAO Concept of Operations on a Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS). CANSO and its Member representatives have been working diligently to provide the ATTF with information to help it make the right informed decisions and recommendations. We provided a lot of information, documentation and insight into the ANSP role (current and future) in aircraft tracking. We have explained the role of ANSPs and how and when we can support aircraft tracking; it has been important for the ATTF to understand the realities of ANS provision and the current and future capabilities of ANSPs. CANSO will advise you further once the ATTF Report and Recommendations can be made public.

Industry Cooperation
At the end of October, together with the DGs of ACI (Airports Council International) and IATA (International Air Transport Association), CANSO met with the Council of ICCAIA (International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations) to discuss aviation industry co-operation across a number of key topics such as environment and climate change, safety, cyber security and regulatory issues. The outcome was very positive with agreement on a number of specific actions for joint effort and advocacy.

It is intended that the Industry High Level Group (ACI, CANSO, IATA, ICCAIA) will sign a Statement of Cooperation and Joint Work Programme on cyber security on 5 December, during celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the Chicago Convention.

CANSO have agreed with IATA to work much more closely together on key operational issues. As a consequence, CANSO is now invited to meetings of the IATA Operations Committee; Jeff Poole will speak again at the IATA Operations Conference; ANSPs will be invited to attend the IATA Operations Conference; we shall be encouraging airline COOs to attend World ATM Congress; and we shall send members to the IATA ATM Focus Group.


Quarter Three, 2014

On 10 June, CANSO had the valuable opportunity to brief the full ICAO Council on the state of the ATM industry and the goals and objectives of CANSO. CANSO provided an analysis of the current and future trends affecting air traffic management (ATM); the progress that CANSO and its Members are making towards the Vision 2020 goal of seamless airspace globally; and the areas on which CANSO is working closely with ICAO and industry partners. CANSO outlined some of the barriers and challenges in the areas of safety, cyber security, operations and policy.

CANSO used the opportunity of speaking to the Council to ask ICAO and States to focus on four key priorities to ensure the transformation of Global ATM performance:

  • Safety: implement GASP effectively and on time, including a revised Annex 19 that incorporates the principles of safety culture for States to implement fully; and targets for our common safety priorities.
  • Security: develop a common aviation system-wide approach to cyber threats with a sense of urgency and to pre-empt both the threats themselves and the risk of inappropriate, fragmented and reactive regulation.
  • Operations: ensure that the standards for each ASBU block are delivered on time to facilitate strong momentum on implementation, to support those States that are falling behind and to avoid squandering the present opportunities.
  • Better regulation: take a leadership position on performance-based regulation with a working paper that sets out clear guidelines and principles for better regulation, for approval by the next Assembly.


The importance of ICAO’s leadership role to the development, adoption and implementation of international standards for the future digital air traffic management environment and system-to-system interoperability was again stressed during the recent Meteorology Divisional Meeting held in July.

Through CANSO’s involvement in the Industry High-level Group with ICAO, we have been proactive and urged the development of a common aviation system-wide approach to cyber security to pre-empt both the threats themselves and the risk of inappropriate, fragmented and reactive regulation.


Quarter Two, 2014

ICAO has convened a multi-disciplinary meeting (taking place 12 and 13 May) which will explore the need for tracking airline flights globally and the technologies to support this. This first meeting is an organisational one, not a meeting that will work on the operational or technology solutions. Once ICAO has defined the scope of activities, it is expected that an industry-led task force will be established promptly. This will not be just a discussion about available technologies and their limitations, but also about the impediments to possible solutions. CANSO will participate in this meeting, along with a select number of States and other international organisations. The international civil aviation community will have to move quickly as part of a multi-disciplinary effort to identify globally harmonised and cost-effective solutions that will meet performance-based requirements that the global regulatory community can agree.

For its part, CANSO has formed an Ad Hoc Task Group on Global Tracking, comprising interested Member representatives.


Quarter One, 2014

Now that the ICAO Assembly has endorsed the Global Aviation Safety Plan and the Global Air Navigation Plan, the focus will be on delivering what has been agreed in a collaborative effort among States and industry stakeholders. CANSO has an important role to play, and our efforts at ICAO and in partnership with our industry colleagues are an essential part of our commitments under Vision 2020.

In safety, more work will be done on delivering guidance and developing common metrics in support of runway safety improvements. For capacity and efficiency improvements in operations, our efforts will be devoted to implementing the aviation system block upgrades (ASBU). We have already delivered, in partnership with our colleagues in MITRE, an ASBU implementation guide. In addition, we will be rolling out a training programme during the course of 2014 on the use of this important new planning and implementation methodology. The training and the guide will help us in our objective of transforming global ATM performance and achieving safe, seamless and efficient airspace.

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