ICAO Quarterly Update 2017

Quarter 4, 2017

At the ICAO/UNOOSA Space 2017 Symposium in August, CANSO highlighted the following key points for the safe inclusion of space and “near space” into the aviation system: the importance of cooperation between space traffic management (STM) and ATM; the need to create regulations for space operations; training ATCOs to handle space-bound vehicles; investigating whether separation standards need to include (commercial) space operations; and the importance of contingency planning and contingency procedures. 

In September, at the ICAO Aviation Security (AVSEC) Symposium in Montreal, CANSO highlighted the threats to aviation from cyber-attacks. The emphasis was on developing system wide information management (SWIM) and human factors in protecting against the corruption of data.

September was a busy month for me with ICAO in Montreal. I participated in a meeting of the ICAO Industry High Level Group (which consists of the ICAO Secretary General, the Directors General of ACI, CANSO and IATA and the Chairman of ICCAIA). The IHLG endorsed the Aviation Benefits report and agreed that all stakeholders and partners should promote it through regional and/or country offices. The aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of aviation to government officials who might not be that familiar with air transport, such as those in Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs.

I briefed the ICAO Council on the global trends affecting air traffic management (ATM), the challenges it faces and what CANSO, ICAO and States can do to address these challenges. I emphasised that CANSO seeks to ensure full alignment between its priorities, initiatives and programmes with those of ICAO, most notably the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) and the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP).

Finally, I attended an ICAO Council Off-site Strategy meeting and was the only industry DG present. The ICAO Council, ICAO Secretariat and industry discussed informally how to increase implementation by States of the ICAO Global Plans. We also discussed the ICAO structure, processes and work of ICAO to increase efficiency.

CANSO also attend the closed session of the ICAO Unlawful Interference Committee, which discussed the new Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) and decided to submit it for the Council’s approval and to send it to States.


Quarter 3, 2017

The ICAO-Industry High Level Group, comprising the Secretary General of ICAO and the Directors General of ACI, CANSO, IATA and ICCAIA, is making good progress with its priority initiative to promote more widely the benefits of aviation to governments around the world. We hope to finalise and approve in September a comprehensive document and presentation material that will form the basis of a new, structured campaign to encourage more positive and proactive policies and investments in aviation.

CANSO has been involved in updating the ICAO Safety Management Manual (SMM Doc 9859), through the ICAO Safety Management Panel (SMP). This manual is intended to provide States with guidance on the development and implementation of a State safety programme (SSP), in accordance with the International Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The first draft of the revised manual is now with the ICAO secretariat for editorial updates and translation, and it will be sent to the ICAO member States for comments at the end of this year. 

CANSO is providing expertise to the ICAO INNOVA Task Force, an initiative which is creating a concept of operations which will enable a global SWIM architecture that takes into account the cyber threats. The task force will complete a final draft concept of operations for presentation at the Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS) at ICAO in Montreal in December.

In May, CANSO took part in two panel sessions at the first ICAO Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium (WSHRS). CANSO highlighted the importance of cooperation and the possibilities of offered by A-CDM for direct communication between stakeholders.

CANSO has submitted a working paper to the ICAO Twenty-eighth Meeting of the Aviation Security Panel (AVSECP/28) regarding human factors in cyber security. Held on 29 May to 2 June, the Panel supported the need for training and cyber security awareness.

CANSO attended the ICAO Separation and Air Safety Panel (SASP) meeting in Vienna in May. The main subject was the separation requirements for space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B). Recent studies from mathematicians based on the data from currently launched satellites show that the performance is at least comparable with long range ATS surveillance systems such as radar, ground-based ADS-B and multilateration (MLAT) and delivering baseline ADS-B performance requirements as established by EUROCAE and RTCA. However, the SASP could not come to a consensus regarding the mathematicians’ Collision Risk Modeling (CRM) and there is a possibility that the process of setting standards for the introduction of spaced-based ADS-B could be delayed.

CANSO spoke at the 15th ICAO/ASPA (Asociación Sindical de Pilotos Aviadores de México) Regional Seminar on ‘Fifteen Years Uniting Aviation’ in Mexico City. The presentation highlighted the successful work being done by CANSO in the Latin America and Caribbean region, the CADENA project (see below) and CANSO’s runway safety initiative.


Quarter 2, 2017

In March, CANSO participated in the Global Air Navigation Plan Visionary Team (GANP VT) workshop to assist the ICAO Secretariat in the development of the sixth edition of the GANP, planned to be published in 2019. This edition will focus on how aviation will develop in the coming decades and the regulation and infrastructure that States and service providers need to implement to make this possible.

CANSO is participating actively in the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan Sub-Group (GASP SG) to draft the 2020-2022 edition of the GASP. It comprises of four sub-groups (organizational, operational, safety performance measurement and emerging issues), each responsible for specific topics. With regards to safety performance, CANSO has proposed that the next version of the GASP takes a riskbased approach and borrows concepts from the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Safety Management Systems (SoE in SMS).

CANSO is also participating actively in the newly formed ICAO Competency Based Training and Assessment Task Force (CBTA/TF) as part of the 'ATC Team'. The task force is aiming to draft an ICAO Competency Based Training Manual by November 2020.

The Industry High Level Group (ACI, CANSO, IATA, ICAO and ICCAIA) is working closely with the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) on plans for a new initiative to communicate the benefits of aviation outside of the normal aviation community. Target audiences will be heads of State, finance ministers and government decision makers.

Quarter 1, 2017

CANSO participated in developing the ICAO Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Toolkit published in December. It was produced by ICAO’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Advisory Group (UAS-AG), which is chaired by Doug Davis, the co-Chair of the CANSO RPAS and Emerging Technologies Workgroup.

During the last ICAO Council session of 2016, Mr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu was re-elected as president of the ICAO Council until 2019. New members of the Council were appointed. The Air Navigation Commission appointed Mr Hajime Yoshimura as its President, along with a number of other appointments. CANSO will maintain its close contact and work with both the ICAO Council and the Air Navigation Commission.

The 2017-2019 Edition of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) was published in January. It updates GASP to include a global aviation safety roadmap developed to support an integrated approach to implementation.

In January, ACI, CANSO, IATA, ICAO and ICCAIA, met to start work on the Industry High Level Group’s (IHLG) new focus on maximising the economic and social benefits of aviation. Discussion items included: communication tools and promotional publications; coordinating advocacy with the reporting process; using common metrics; developing policy principles for smarter regulation; providing examples of success and evaluation of impact; and producing a joint report for the 40th Assembly (2019). The meeting agreed to develop updated aviation economic, traffic growth and social figures for 2015 based on the existing numbers from ATAG, ICAO and IATA; and a communications strategy that goes beyond the normal aviation symposia and seminars.

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