The CANSO Operations Standing Committee (OSC) provides leadership on air traffic management (ATM) operational issues and facilitates the promotion and exchange of industry best practice in operations and technical areas.

The OSC brings operational, industrial, technical and regulatory expertise and knowledge to ATM operational matters. It provides ANSPs and industry suppliers with a mechanism to: exchange information on operational and technical ATM best practices; establish common CANSO positions on operational and technical issues; and represent the ATM interests of CANSO Members to governmental, institutional, regulatory and industry bodies. It provides operational leadership to implement ATM improvements and identifies future technologies and procedures that will help transform global ATM performance.

The work of the OSC is instrumental in helping CANSO achieve its goal of seamless airspace globally. It has played an important role in developing and helping implement ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrades – the framework for operational improvements and technological investments over the next 15 years – with seminars, guidance materials and training. It helps implement operational procedures and technologies such as performance-based navigation (PBN), automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) and others. It promotes collaborative decision-making (CDM) with industry partners. The OSC also develops solutions to address challenges such as incorporating remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) into airspace; the lack of harmonised procedures and requirements when an aircraft crosses from one Flight Information Region to the next; and how best to ensure airspace users benefit from investing in new technology.

Six workgroups and various subgroups develop recommendations, policies, strategies and materials across a wide range of key operational issues.


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