Middle East Quarterly Update

 Quarter 2, 2017

In February, CANSO participated in the sixteenth meeting of ICAO's Middle East Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (MIDANPIRG /16). Participants approved an amendment of the electronic Mid Air Navigation Plan (MIDeANP) VOLUME III, endorsed the 2016 MID Region Air Navigation Report, and agreed to create an air traffic flow management (ATFM) task force to develop an ATFM Concept of Operations for the MID Region.

Participants also agreed to establish a MID Route Development Working Group, to ensure the commitment of States and other stakeholders to enhance the ATS route network in the Middle East region through the endorsement of the ATS Route Network Optimization Project (ARNOP), and a World Cup 2022 Task Force, to develop and follow-up the implementation of a collaborative action plan to accommodate the expected increase in traffic, in a safe and efficient manner.

In addition, the meeting facilitated the creation of the MID Region ATM Data Security Plan, and an Action Group, composed of Qatar (Rapporteur), Oman, UAE, IATA and ICAO to develop a comprehensive study of Qatar's proposal for merging the activities of the Middle East Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (MIDANPIRG) and Middle East Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-MID).

Quarter 1, 2017

At the CANSO Middle East Strategy Coordination Committee (MESCC) in November, Members agreed to develop a value proposition which identifies need and shapes opportunities for growth in the region. It will be used to inform potential members and strengthen the value of CANSO for existing Members.

CANSO attended the Third ICAO MID Regional Coordination Meeting (MID RCM/3) in December, which agreed the top priorities for the region, including implementing PBN, air traffic service (ATS) routes, civil/military cooperation and flexible use of airspace (FUA), air traffic flow management (ATFM) and air traffic services interfacility data communications (AIDC)/on-line data interchange (OLDI ). The meeting also decided that ACAC, ICAO and CANSO will conduct a joint civil/military workshop in 2017.

At the second ICAO Air Navigation Systems Implementation Group (ANSIG) meeting, participants reviewed the status of the priority 1 ASBU Block 0 Modules included in the ICAO MID Region Air Navigation Strategy; identified the associated difficulties and deficiencies; and reviewed and updated the first edition of the ICAO MID Air Navigation Report 2016, which will be presented to MIDANPIRG/16 for endorsement. The meeting also reviewed and proposed updates to the ICAO MID Air Navigation Strategy.

In January, the CANSO Middle East Safety Workgroup agreed the 2017-2018 work plan, in addition to a one-day training on SEANS-Safety.

At the Fifth meeting of the Middle East Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-MID) Steering Committee (RSC/5), CANSO agreed to champion the Safety Enhancement Initiative (SEI) on implementing safety management systems.

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