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The importance of recognising excellence and expertise in air traffic management safety

18 August 2017

Safety is a key component of our work to transform air traffic management (ATM) worldwide – from informing best practice to improving operational performance. Celebrating key achievements and innovation in safety is an essential part of the learning and development process, and I encourage everyone in the ATM community to sit up and take note of industry-leading accomplishments.

It is often the case that it is not just what we do that matters but how we do it. The methods, metrics and tools we use to find a solution and deliver certain outcomes are valuable and can help others to achieve the same or even better results.

The same can be said of the work CANSO does in helping to improve safety in ATM. By encouraging Members to participate in the collection and analysis of safety data, openly share ideas, experiences and innovation and contribute to the creation of safety best practice, we take the development process just as seriously as the results we are hoping to achieve. And we always aim to recognise hard work and success along the way.

Celebrate achievements

For example, the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award aims to acknowledge excellence both in terms of delivery and results. Each year this award is given to a company or team that has made a significant safety contribution which has reduced aviation risk in the previous 12 months. This may be a local, regional or global contribution, and may encompass a process, procedure, technology or training improvement – critical steps to success. The deadline for nominations this year is 1 September 2017, and we look forward to announcing the winner at the CANSO Global ATM Safety Conference 2017 (Sydney, 6-10 November).

Ask the ATM experts

In addition to recognising excellence, we also aim to acknowledge the wealth of safety expertise and experience within the CANSO community. We are proud to have some of the worlds leading ATM safety researchers, practitioners and innovators among us and we always seek to ensure all members benefit from this.

For example, our workgroups, workshops and conferences provide exclusive opportunities for our Members to learn from thought-leaders, debate important issues and influence key decision-makers. In fact, as part of the safety speed poster sessions at the CANSO Global ATM Safety Conference 2017, we are encouraging contributions from our industry innovators on how they are developing solutions to some of the most pressing safety challenges facing the industry today. This includes managing the impact of new entrants to airspace, human-automation interaction issues and remote and digital towers.

Learn for the future

So whether celebrating key achievements or embracing the breadth of experience in our community, it is important to acknowledge that our future success depends on recognising success, learning from each other, and sharing experience, knowledge and expertise along the way.

So if you would like to put forward a submission for the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award or participate in the CANSO Global ATM Safety Conference 2017, get in touch today and help create a better future for all.

See you at the CANSO Global ATM Safety Conference 2017!




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About the author

Steve McMahon Deputy Vice President for Safety and Technical Training at the FAA ATO and Vice Chair of the CANSO Safety Standing Committee, on celebrating success in ATM safety

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