LATAMCAR Quarterly Update 2017

Quarter 4, 2017

In August, the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA) launched its Operational Information System (OIS) to inform States and stakeholders about regional operations. The CADENA OIS is a significant milestone in implementing standardised and harmonised air traffic flow management (ATFM), collaborative decision-making (CDM), and information sharing throughout the Latin America and Caribbean Region. 

The CADENA OIS assists air navigation service providers (ANSP) fulfil the recommendations for implementing ATFM in the ICAO Document 9971 Manual on Collaborative Air Traffic Flow Management. During its first week of use, the CADENA OIS received 2,682 hits from 262 unique IP addresses. You can visit the CADENA OIS at

As a result of the Airspace Optimisation Conference held in Panama in June 2017, the Air Transport Optimisation Group (ATOG) was created.  Members are Civil Aviation Authority of Panama, CANSO, COPA Airlines, FAA, IATA, Tocumen International Airport and University of Panama.  ATOG held its first meeting in August, and recommended the implementation of airport collaborative decision-making (A-CDM) and enhanced air traffic controller training. 

CADENA hosted daily hurricane web conferences to provide information about hurricanes Maria and Jose and the earthquake in Mexico. CANSO also attended the Third Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) Workshop organised by ICAO in Lima, Peru, where it demonstrated how practical implementation of A-CDM could be achieved; and the Seventh Meeting of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation Meeting, where it presented the progress of CADENA and SEANS-Safety. 


Quarter 3, 2017 

CANSO participated in the Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association’s (ALTA) 8th Pan American Safety Summit in June, moderating the ‘Collaboration Among Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and Pilots to Improve Safety’ panel. CANSO highlighted the importance of sharing information when performing an airspace optimisation, and the need to re-establish the ATCOs/pilots familiarisation programmes.

In June, CANSO organised the fourth CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA) Regional Implementation Group (RIG) meeting, kindly hosted by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA). CADENA RIG reviewed the advances of CADENA, conducted hurricane training, and discussed and agreed on the Operational Information System (OIS) web page enhancements. 

The hurricane training was put into practice on 20 June, when tropical storm Bret moved over Trinidad and Tobago. Feedback from the airline community was very positive. The CADENA protocol of communication, methodology and format provided advanced notification of which airports would be impacted as the storm progressed along its track.

CANSO participated in the Twenty-Eighth Regional Aviation Safety Group – Pan America Executive Steering Committee (RASG-PA ESC/28) Meeting where stakeholders and international organisations were ratified as ESC representatives, CANSO being one of them.  The meeting reviewed the Annual Safety Report, Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) Data Sharing programme in conjunction with COCESNA, and the RASG-PA Strategic and Communications Plan. CANSO spoke about the SEANS-Safety (the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Air Navigation Services – Safety programme, receiving positive feedback. The meeting decided that CANSO would lead the development of the RASG-PA Strategic Plan.

CANSO supported the organisation of the Panama Airspace Optimisation Conference in June. Hosted by the Technological University of Panama, CANSO moderated an Airport – Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) panel and provided an overview of CADENA. 


Quarter 2, 2017

CANSO continues to work with Caribbean and Latin America ANSPs and airlines to further the benefits being achieved with the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA) initiative. The weekly live operational web conferences continue to outline real-time and anticipated operational constraints. Together with the training of new participants on collaborative planning, such as DECEA (Brazil) and Copa Airlines, the initiative has yielded a tremendous spike in ATM situational awareness for participants. Additionally, Trinidad and Tobago has successfully connected to FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and is now in final testing. It will be the first CADENA Member to receive live data for improved operational planning and decision-making.

In February, CANSO organised a CADENA Regional Implementation Group (RIG) meeting, kindly hosted by DC-ANSP in Curaçao. During this meeting, CANSO provided an education platform for the regional ANSPs, where CANSO Associate Members presented air traffic flow management (ATFM) tools and solutions. The CADENA RIG also completed the CADENA Procedures Manual and a High-Level Requirements Flight Data Exchange information document.

CANSO delivered a presentation on air traffic management investments and advances at the International Association of Women in Aviation's (IAWA) second Forum on Women Aviation Leaders in Ecuador in January. This identified recent infrastructure developments in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

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.

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