Quarter 1, 2017
The CANSO Latin America and Caribbean Conference 2016 was held in San José, Costa Rica, in
December. Hosted by COCESNA, the conference attracted over 120 participants.
Under the theme ‘Leading operational excellence’, it highlighted the region’s commitment to
enhancing air navigation services and expanding aviation infrastructure. It also provided an
opportunity to outline the progress of major air traffic management initiatives. The sessions covered
accident investigation communications, restructuring airspace and community involvement, the
importance of information sharing, the benefits of the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the
Americas (CADENA), runway safety, and Project Loon.
During the conference, CANSO Members signed the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for
the Americas (CADENA) Member ANSP Air Traffic Management and Collaborative Decision Making
Letter of Agreement. This agreement commits signatories to promote and facilitate the safe and
efficient movement of air traffic in the region and will enable the continuity of effective operations
through air traffic flow management (ATFM) and collaborative decision-making (CDM) procedures
and processes. CADENA also committed to organising weekly ATFM planning web-conferences
following CDM processes among regional ANSPs and stakeholders.
View photographs of the conference and the speaker presentations on the event page.
CANSO participated in the ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group - Pan America Executive
Committee (RASG-PA ESC) meeting which analysed the detailed implementation plans (DIPs)
executed by the Pan – America Regional Aviation Safety Team (PA-RAST) on runway excursion (RE)
data, controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) data, loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) data and mid-air collision
(MID) data. PA-RAST focused on the establishment of achievable projects based on prioritised
mitigation measures with clear deliverables in a specific timeframe. To mitigate risk, PA-RAST agreed
to meet four times this year and organise workshops to create awareness and enhance safety.