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.

Workgroup Task
Aeronautical Information Management Workgroup (AIM WG) Develops policy and produces guidance to help ANSPs in the transition from aeronautical information systems (AIS) to new network-centric aeronautical information management (AIM). Supports global cooperation in implementing digital aeronautical information and services based on quality assured data as a critical prerequisite for any ATM concept that relies on the accuracy, integrity and timeliness of data. Shares best practices such as business planning support, quality metrics, and lessons learned.
Air Traffic Flow Management Workgroup (ATFM WG) Promotes air traffic flow management (ATFM) to improve airspace efficiency. It supports the development of common regional ATFM frameworks through the CANSO region directors and Regional Implementation Groups (RIG) for the harmonised implementation of networked, interoperable, multi-FIR, multi-State, cross-boundary collaborative ATFM capabilities. Additionally, the group helps Members implement airport collaborative decision-making initiatives regionally and locally through seminars and workshops.
Data Link Implementation Task Force (DLI TF) Guides Members in the implementation of controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) for use in remote/oceanic and/or domestic/continental airspace. The TF supports harmonised procedures and an interoperable approach with other ANSPs to mitigate CPDLC system congestion, increase CPDLC automation functions, and increase integration with other ATM systems to maximise potential efficiency benefits.
Environment Workgroup (ENV WG) Focuses on issues such as reducing aircraft noise through better procedures and planning; and reducing emissions from aircraft through improving efficiency and introducing new advanced procedures during all phases of flight. Another focus area is helping ANSPs assess and manage greenhouse gas emissions to reduce costs, manage risks, gain commercial advantage, demonstrate social responsibility, as well as meet local regulatory and legislative requirements.
Operational Performance Workgroup (OP WG)

Assists CANSO Members to improve their air traffic management (ATM) through using harmonised performance measures. It aggregates CANSO Members best practice into a core set of recommended key performance indicators that focus on capacity, flight efficiency and predictability measures. It supports the regions by providing operational performance workshops at region conferences. It also supports Members to analyse ATM stress points and future traffic demand; and measures ATM performance.

Performance-based Navigation Workgroup (PBN WG)

Helps Members implement performance-based navigation (PBN) through best practice guidance material and strategic concepts. These activities also help States develop and implement PBN. It has identified current and future PBN-related technologies and their operational application. This assists Members in preparing for the future PBN environment, including earmarking resources, identifying requirements for collaboration, and allocating funding. It is developing guidance on PBN flight path changes and resulting environmental challenges. The workgroup represents CANSO on the ICAO PBN Study Group.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Emerging Technology Workgroup (UAS/ET WG) Develops policies and provides guidance on incorporating remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and other emerging technologies into airspace. It offers a training module that covers the performance characteristics of RPAS, terminology, and contingency operations. It represents CANSO on the ICAO RPAS Panel and co-chairs the ICAO Small UAS Study Group. It also supports the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), and the SESAR Horizon 2020 planning effort to identify areas that are important for the successful integration of RPAS into civil airspace.

Smart/Digital Tower Task Force (SDT TF)

Explores and informs ANSPs on the options between digital enhancement of manned tower operations, full remote tower operations, and the possibilities in-between. It looks at the implications and advantages as well as the key operational, safety and regulatory considerations, illustrated by examples of the implementation challenges faced and conquered by other ANSPs.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Task Force (UTM TF)

Studies, informs, and advises CANSO Members on issues relating to the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into all types of airspace – with special focus on operations at very low level. Addresses and supports the integration of manned and unmanned systems in airspace with emphasis on the operation of remotely piloted, automated and eventually autonomous UAS with existing airspace users. Furthers CANSO Members and States in their understanding of this emerging capability and applying internationally harmonised solutions for ATM and UTM to ensure a safe and efficient integrated airspace.





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