Latin America and Caribbean Members renew commitment to improving ATM services

19 December 2016


The CANSO Latin America and Caribbean Conference 2016 provided a vital forum for significant air traffic management (ATM) commitments to be made. These aim to support CANSO members in the region and provide even safer and more efficient services.

Hosted by COCESNA, under the theme ‘Leading Operational Excellence’, the conference gave over 120 delegates from across the region an opportunity to discuss advances in ATM in the region, learn about new initiatives – such as the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for The Americas (CADENA) – and make commitments for the future of ATM.   

As noted in her opening remarks, Micilia Albertus-Verboom, Director General DC-ANSP and CANSO LAC3 Chair, outlined objectives in region, noting that while “CANSO keeps supporting its Members in the provision of a safe, efficient and cost-effective air navigation service, nevertheless, it is also our commitment to keep on working on strengthening the ‘four Cs’; collaboration, cooperation, coordination and communication”.

These priorities have led, and will continue to lead the CANSO activity in the region, encouraging positive collaboration and the commitment among all Members.

A great example of this at the conference was the signing of a Letter of Agreement between CADENA members. This agreement confirms a commitment 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.  To promote information sharing, CADENA also committed to organising weekly ATFM planning web-conferences following CDM processes among regional ANSPs and stakeholders.  

This initiative shows the positive steps that CANSO and CANSO Members are taking to improve ATM in the region, and we would like to congratulate CADENA on this significant milestone. It is a great example of how the industry is striving to lead operation excellence, and we look forward monitoring and sharing its progress at the next CANSO Latin America and Caribbean Conference.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank COCESNA for hosting the event this year, the sponsors and exhibitors, including Aireon, Aeronav, Easat, Flightyield, FREQUENTIS AG, Harris Corporation, Honeywell, IDS, Indra, JMA Solutions, Jotron, Metron Aviation, NAV CANatm, Northrop Grumman, SAAB, and Thales, and the speakers and facilitators, for making this conference a true success. 

 As they say in Costa Rica, ‘pura vida’, y nos vemos en la próxima reunión de CANSO 2017.

Hasta pronto!

Presentations from the event can be found here, and photographs can be found here.

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Javier Vanegas Director Latin America and Caribbean Affairs, CANSO

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