Operations Quarterly Update

Quarter 3, 2018

The new CANSO Controller Pilot Data Link Communications Task Force (CPDLC TF) Chair is Shelley Bailey, International Coordination Air Traffic Specialist, NAV CANADA. The Workgroup is calling for new participants, including subject matter experts (SMEs) and non-technical writers with knowledge of datalink. A key area of focus currently is the considerations for implementing datalink. Please get in touch if you would like to participate.

The CANSO Aeronautical Information Management Workgroup (AIM WG)is exploring issues relating to new guidance on dataset provisions introduced in Amendment 40 to ICAO Annex 15. It has prepared a list of proposals regarding interoperability and data exchange, which were discussed with ICAO and other AIM regulatory bodies participating in the International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Associations (IFAIMA) Conference. Getting the digital data exchange right is vital to all advanced ATM concepts as they rely on high-quality digital data, and this was the first time these issues were discussed so openly.

The CANSO Environment Workgroup (ENV WG) has developed a questionnaire to gauge what environmental issues are important to CANSO Members in order to prioritise its work plan. The Workgroup is currently developing a short guidance document on a new Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) (END) requiring EU Member States to determine exposure to environmental noise through strategic noise mapping and develop action plans to reduce noise pollution. This guide will give CANSO Members an overview of implementation in EU member states.

CANSO participated in the UBER Elevate Summit 2018 as a panelist on the ‘New Thinking and Approaches within Global Airspace Management’ session chaired by NASA. CANSO highlighted how ANSPs aim to be progressive partners in the airspace management discussion and that ANSPs are in the best position to lead UTM and ATM discussions. We also discussed the global leadership role that CANSO plays internationally.

The Performance Based Regulation on Remote Towers Task Force (PBR on RT TF) has completed a report on PBR policy and regulation. The Workgroup is now focussing on sourcing information on best practices, cost analysis, and considerations for smart towers. To reflect this shift in focus, it has been renamed the Smart/Digital Tower Task Force (SDT TF), operating under the Operations Standing Committee.

CANSO participated in the Sixth meeting of the Air Traffic Management Operations Panel Working Group (ATMOPS/WG6). Items discussed included remote towers and RPAS. CANSO advocated for the reactivation of the Remote Tower Sub-Group to enable the industry to collaboratively develop guidance material for remote tower operations, and highlighted that CANSO is preparing an information paper on the different types of technology and lessons learned from ANSPs.

Preparations continue for the CANSO Operations Standing Committee (OSC) Full Workgroup meetings in London from 22-26 October. The agenda includes the strategic direction of the OSC, the CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference 2019, and a visit to the McLaren factory to discuss innovation. You can find details here.

While in London, the RPAS/Emerging Technologies Workgroup (RPAS/ET WG) will hold a two-day workshop on UTM. Participants will develop a strategy that allows ANSPs to take a leading role in supporting the integration of UAS into all classes of airspace and clearly define their role in the provision of UTM services. The workshop is open to all CANSO Members, so please emailto register your interest or find out more.

Quarter 2, 2018

The Operations Standing Committee (OSC) has welcomed four new workgroup chairs. Julio Rodriguez, Instituto Dominicano de Aviacion Civil (IDAC), and Jan-Philipp Lauer, Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), are now Co-Chairs of the Aeronautical Information Management Workgroup (AIM WG). Roosevelt Peña, Instituto Dominicano de Aviacion Civil (IDAC), has been appointed Co-Chair of the Air Traffic Flow Management Workgroup (ATFM WG) and Michael Warner, Inmarsat, Co-Chair of the Performance Based Navigation Workgroup (PBN WG). These new additions reinforce the global team and will help to provide the expertise CANSO Members need. The OSC is also seeking a Chair for the Controller Pilot Data Link Communications Task Force (CPDLC TF).

CANSO workgroups and task forces offer unique opportunities to be involved in developing key industry policies, guidance and reports. They also provide a strong platform for peer-to-peer learning and networking. If you are interested in offering your skills and experience and giving back to the ATM community either as a participant or chair, please email info@canso.org.

In response to strong interest in developing a CANSO position paper on satellite surveillance and tracking, CANSO has established a new Satellite Surveillance and Tracking Task Force to advance the work. The Task Force has already signed up 24 members and will focus on ADS-B, ADS-C and CPDLC technologies and improvements.
For information about new operations publications, please see the Publications section on page 6 or view online

Quarter 1, 2018

In November, CANSO participated in the ICAO ATFM Global Symposium (ATFM2017). This symposium fostered increased awareness by governments, regulators, air traffic services providers and airspace users on the importance of ATFM. It also touched on the third edition of the ICAO Manual on Collaborative Air Traffic Flow Management(Doc 9971), which promotes the concept of capacity management and airspace design into flow management – something which CANSO strongly supports.

For its part, CANSO showcased its efforts and contributions in ATFM and A-CDM globally and regionally, advising it would soon be adding a Best Practice Guide to implementing CDM and ATFM to the CANSO publications library to aid implementation worldwide.

In January 2018, the CANSO Environment Workgroup (ENV WG) outlined CANSO activities with regard to environment and noise reduction at an EU Aviation Research Policy on Noise workshop. This workshop, organised by the European Commission, Clean Sky and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), provided an overview of the current aviation noise-related challenges, presented EU aviation noise research and identified gaps between needs and responses, with CANSO outlining its work in this area.

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