LATAMCAR Quarterly Updates 2016

Quarter Four, 2016

The second regional implementation meeting of the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA) reviewed progress on the implementation plan of each CADENA member; agreed the work plan; and shared weather products and regional operational information. CADENA has developed a document that considers the necessary requirements such as installation bandwidth, hardware, software, communication ability to establish the bandwidth and firewall for ATFM implementation. On the third day of the meeting, the group was trained on hosting, coordinating and organising operations planning teleconferences.

CANSO briefed a workshop of the ICAO North America, Central America and Caribbean regions on implementing the ASBUs. We explained how CANSO supports its Members to implement and improve understanding of the ASBUs through training, workshops and best practice guidance. The ICAO workshops help participants prepare State and regional air navigation plans and associated reporting as they follow the ASBU approach to modernise and harmonise their aviation system.

CANSO and the FAA organised the first supervisor training workshops on leading operational excellence in Curaçao and Honduras. The modules covered were: conflict management styles; ATC supervisory challenges; communication skills; leadership and management; leadership through coaching; safety; and time management. A total of 18 supervisors from CANSO Members were trained (nine supervisors from DC-ANSP and nine from COCESNA).

Quarter Three, 2016

CANSO briefed North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation on joint efforts to implement air traffic flow management (ATFM) using the collaborative decision making (CDM) process. CANSO also presented the CANSO Emergency Response Planning Guide on best practices, knowledge and experience related to contingency plans and procedures from ANSPs around the world.

CANSO participated in the meeting of the Regional Aviation Safety Group- Pan American (RASG-PA) Strategic Planning Task Force (RSP-TF) that reviewed its mission, vision and objectives and structure. The aim of the task force is to improve the participation of States and ANSPs. The terms of reference of the Regional Aviation Safety Team – Pan American (PA-RAST) were also changed so that it can execute and deliver projects based on data and risk.

CANSO participated in the 2016 Pan American Aviation Safety Summit and in cooperation with CANSO Member, MovingDot, CANSO facilitated the performance based navigation (PBN) panel discussion. The session contained the latest updates on implementing Area Navigation (RNAV)/PBN with the aim of improving co-operation between the aviation industry and governments. CANSO welcomes Empresas Argentinas de Navegación Aérea S.A. (EANA) as its latest member in the region. EANA was recently created by the Government of Argentina and is responsible for providing air navigation services in Argentina. It starts operations on 1 August 2016.


Quarter Two, 2016

The Latin America and Caribbean CANSO CEO Committee (LAC3) has agreed to establish a multi-nodal air traffic flow management (ATFM) network among air navigation service providers (ANSP) to contribute to a safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic. CANSO presented its ATFM proposals at the 3rd ICAO NAM/CAR Air Navigation Implementation Working Group.

CANSO, IATA and ICAO organised the Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) Harmonisation, Modernisation and Implementation workshop, attended by 110 participants. They agreed a new PBN route structure for upper airspace through enhancing seven routes; four Letters of Agreement between adjacent Flight Information Regions (FIR); and reduction in separation minima. The estimated savings for one airline utilising a specific route would be 602 tonnes of fuel and 1,896 tonnes of CO2 reduced.

CANSO and the FAA organised “Train-the-Trainer International Supervisor Workshop: Leading Operational Excellence”. The workshop followed an interactive format to develop skills for LAC supervisors to implement in their own facilities. Topics covered included air traffic controller (ATCO) supervisory challenges, time management strategies, conflict management styles, management and leadership and leadership through coaching.

The supervisors worked in groups to modified the existing modules provided by the FAA Supervisor Committee to make them relevant to their own organisational environment and addressed their specific operational challenges. Supervisors had the opportunity to practice by presenting their modules to the larger group for feedback and learning purposes.

Teri Bristol, COO FAA ATO, has been appointed LAC3 Vice Chair.


Quarter One, 2016

CANSO spoke at the Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Workshop organised by Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority in Port of Spain. One of the of air navigation services (ANS) targets of the Port of Spain Declaration is the implementation of ATFM measures by all of the air traffic control centres (ACCs) within the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NAMCAR) Region by 2018. The workshop concentrated on airspace harmonisation, traffic management initiatives, letters of agreement and airspace contingencies. Trinidad and Tobago provided information on implementing its new ATFM system and secured collaboration on planned initiatives with States in the Piarco Flight Information Region (FIR) as well as States close to it. During the workshop, CANSO shared best practice on airport collaborative decision-making (A-CDM) and provided an overview of the success of the A-CDM workshop held in Panama. As a result of the brief, Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority and the Airport Authority are communicating with each other to enhance operations at the airport.

CANSO participated in the twenty-sixth Director of Civil Aviation of Eastern Caribbean Meeting (E/CAR/DCA/26) in New Orleans. Plans were discussed for the meeting on “PBN, harmonisation, modernisation and implementation” that takes place in Miami 28 March – 1 April 2016, organised by CANSO, ICAO and IATA. Supporting the creation of a harmonised ATM system, the meeting will concentrate its activities on finalising a new PBN route structure for implementation, analysing regional implementation efforts, and discussing best practices concerning air traffic flow management (ATFM), among others matters.

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