LATAMCAR Quarterly Update 2018

Quarter 4, 2018

In August, CANSO participated in the North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation (NACC/DCA/08) meeting held in Ottawa, Canada. The meeting explored cybersecurity and invited States to bolster cybersecurity measures in the region. CANSO highlighted the CANSO Cyber Security and Risk Assessment Guide and offered to support a regional cybersecurity workshop.

CANSO supported an Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) workshop organised by ICAO and hosted by COCESNA. CANSO contributed guidelines on a variety of topics includingguidelines on ASBU implementation and worked with COCESNA, IDAC, and the six COCESNA contracting States on finalising their draft electronic Air Navigation Plan (eANP) and updating national air navigation plans in accordance with the ASBU, NAM/CAR Regional Performance Based Air Navigation Plan (RPBANIP) and the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP).

CANSO organised a Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) meeting in Merida, Mexico. Participants included CANSO Members COCESNA, FAA and Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, and also Aeromexico, American Airlines, Asur, Delta, ECNA, Grand Cayman Airport, IATA, and United Airlines. The aim was to work as a collaborative stakeholder team to discuss, analyse and develop solutions to optimise the air traffic flows to Cancun, Merida, Cuba, Jamaica, USA, Central America and Grand Cayman. This resulted in updating Letters of Agreement; coordinating new arrival routes for Cancun, departure routes eastbound from Cancun, and departure routes for Jamaica; managing general aviation ‘pop-up’ traffic and airspace flow programs; and developing a team and process for communicating forthcoming airspace changes to all stakeholders.

In October, CANSO and Aerocivil organised a three-day technology and services workshop in Bogota, Colombia. It was designed for Associate Members to showcase expertise and best practice in priority areas for the Colombian ANSP, including AIM, PBN, CONOPS, SWIM, surveillance and remote towers.

CADENA – the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas – welcomed Grand Cayman International Airport and Mesa Airlines to the weekly conference calls.

In October, CANSO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA). The MoU aims to improve operational efficiency and enhance safety in the region through active cooperation between airlines and ANSPs, increasing the understanding of each other’s roles and exchanging information

Quarter 3, 2018

In May, the CANSO Deputy Director General, the Chair of the Latin America and Caribbean CANSO CEO Committee, and the CANSO Director of Latin America and Caribbean Affairs met with the Director Generals of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Panama, CAA of Colombia, Corporación Peruana de Aeropuertos y Aviación Commercial (CORPAC) and CAA of Paraguay, and Regional Director of ICAO South America. This was to raise the profile of CANSO, learn about the common challenges faced by ANSPs in the region and identify new opportunities for growth.

CANSO also coordinated and provided a collaborative decision-making (CDM) platform between SENEAM, American Airlines and United Airlines regarding routing into Cancun in May. Four CDM teleconferences were organised, and an agreement for arrival routes into Cancun was reached allowing for better routings for airlines.

In June, CANSO participated in ALTA’s 9th Pan American Aviation Safety Summit and organised an interactive session on runway safety. The session opened with video playbacks of runway safety incidents, and speakers from different areas of the aviation industry (airports, air navigation services providers, regulator and airline) reviewed the videos and discussed mitigation strategies to prevent such scenarios from occurring.

During July, CANSO supported and organised the third ICAO/IATA/CANSO Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) Harmonisation, Modernisation and Implementation Meeting for the North American, Caribbean and South American Regions. The meeting analysed and agreed to the proposal for optimising 34 routes, thereby enhancing the regional route structure. All changes should be published in the Aeronautical Information Regulation and Control (AIRAC) cycle of 8 November, to enter into effect on 31 January 2019.  The meeting was attended by 72 delegates.


Quarter 2, 2018

In January, CANSO held a meeting with ICAO and IATA and defined the scope and agenda for the third CANSO-IATA-ICAO Performance Based Navigation (PBN) meeting to take place in Mexico City, 9-13 July. The agenda will include route optimisation, separation minima, letters of agreement, ATFM measures and post-implementation metrics – key topics for all participating parties in the region.

At the Third Women in Aviation Leadership Summit in February, CANSO and the International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer internships to women studying aviation or relevant fields in Mexico City universities. This initiative supports the UN-ICAO programme to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in aviation. At the summit, CANSO also led a panel on gender equality.

In March, CANSO moderated the Aviation Leaders Forum's cybersecurity panel at Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio (FIDAE 2018), and highlighted CANSO's expertise in this area.

CANSO's ATFM initiative, CADENA, is growing as new members have joined including; Air Navigation Services Aruba (ANSA), the Civil Aviation Authority of Colombia and Costa Rica's General Directorate of Civil Aviation. This brings CADENA's ANSP membership to thirteen within the region.

In April, CANSO participated at the Eighteenth Meeting of the Caribbean and South American (CAR/SAM) Regional Planning and Implementation Group (GREPECAS/18) and presented a joint working paper (WP 28) with ALTA, COCESNA and IATA on the progress of CADENA. It outlined the achievements of the initiative so far and recommended that more regional air navigation service providers (ANSP) should take advantage of the benefits of CADENA's cross industry collaboration and participate in the network. The paper was presented with support from the ANSP of Cuba (ECNA) and DECEA.

Quarter 1, 2018

In November, CANSO participated in the ALTA Airlines Leaders Forum. The Forum covered the growth opportunities and challenges for airlines and infrastructure in the region, in particular how enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of air navigation services would help facilitate growth. CANSO and ALTA, together with other industry partners, agreed to work on addressing this, exemplifying the strong partnerships CANSO is building in the region.

During December, CANSO organised the successful CANSO Latin America and Caribbean Conference 2017, hosted by DECEA in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, where more than 90 delegates from 35 organisations participated. This year´s conference followed a new format and involved a varied mix of CANSO Full and Associate Members in panels. Areas of discussion were the ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs), data exchange and air traffic flow management (ATFM) implementation, the CANSO SEANS-Safety initiative and automation. Following this, COCESNA (for Guatemala and Honduras) and EANA agreed to participate in SEANS-Safety evaluations and regional Members have continued to increase ATFM communications.

Within the CADENA framework, CANSO organised and coordinated collaborative decision-making (CDM) between American Airlines, COCESNA, COPA Airlines, ECNA (Cuba), IATA, ICAO NACC office, Miami (FAA) and Panama CAA. The purpose of the CDM coordination was to reduce delays caused by new operational restrictions imposed by the Jamaica CAA (JCAA) in the Kingston FIR. The JCAA Traffic Management Measures (TMM) mitigation strategy teleconferences resulted in positive outcomes for users during the busy holiday season by easing air traffic flow.

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