Operations Quarterly Updates 2014

Quarter Four, 2014

The Operations Standing Committee is preparing for the publication of two CANSO documents: The PBN Subgroup is finalising "Performance-Based Navigation – Best Practice Guidelines for ANSPs" which focuses on key areas of concern - knowledge, regulation, fleet equipage, resource, and training. It will provide an understanding of the issues likely to be encountered and an overview of lessons learned by those ANSPs that have already made progress in implementing PBN. Regional PBN Champions have been selected and will be trained in PBN implementation techniques and processes.

The Operational Performance Workgroup is completing "Recommended Key Performance Indicators for Measuring ATM Operational Performance". This document uses current practices of CANSO Members to provide a core set of recommended key performance indicators (KPIs), and aligns the global performance measurement areas of capacity, efficiency and predictability.

The Environment Workgroup is supporting the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) benefits analysis currently being undertaken by ICAO-CAEP (Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection). CANSO will support the next phase of the analysis which includes an ICAO questionnaire requesting data collection from States relating to planned implementation of the ASBU Block 0 modules. The results of the analysis should help guide States to identify those ASBU modules that can provide the highest degree of benefits in their region while also providing justifications for business case decision making. I remind Full Members please of my recent e-mail seeking your support to ensure comprehensive State/ANSP responses to this important ICAO questionnaire.


Quarter Three, 2014

The Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) continue to be a priority for the Operations Standing Committee (OSC). CANSO plays its part by providing support and assistance to Members in implementing performance improvement through PBN, CCO/CDO, ATFM/CDM, etc. The ASBU course, "Methodology and Best Practices for Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) Implementation" has been delivered in Singapore and Christchurch by The MITRE Corporation, and we are exploring future courses in Budapest, Bangkok, and/or China in Q4 2014.

The Collaborative Decision Making Subgroup (CDMSG) has been working with an informal ICAO group to establish a task force to develop an ICAO manual on A-CDM. A CDMSG paper will contain a general description of what A-CDM is; what it can achieve; terms of reference for the task force; and a general clarification of the A-CDM ASBU module versus all the other ones. The Subgroup (CDMSG) has also developed a draft outline of the CANSO CDM best practice document which introduces the concept of gate-to-gate CDM; facilitating interoperability by the use of standard definitions, protocols and procedures; integrating the roles of airports and ANSPs; requirements for information sharing; processing of information and support tools; and post-implementation activity, including performance measurements and benchmarks.

The FIR Boundary Crossing Task Force continues its work. It is currently assessing issues regarding future flight plan (FPL) and current flight plan (CPL) filing, duplicate/multiple FPLs, and the integrity of the CPL and its successful interfacility transfer. To help with the goal of supporting PBN implementation for CANSO Members, the Optimised ATM Services' PBN Subgroup has called for the nomination of regional champions trained in PBN implementation techniques and processes. Please contact kapri.kupper@canso.org


Quarter Two, 2014

The 2014 Global ATM Operations Conference in Madrid provided the opportunity for updates from our Workgroup chairs and Sub-Group leads including informative presentations and discussion on ATM Service Harmonisation, Collaborative Airspace, Aeronautical Information Management, Environment, and Operations Performance, and the ASBU Training Courses. All the presentations can be found at www.canso.org/opsconference2014 We are forming a new cross-committee Task Force that will identify problems associated with crossing Flight Information Region (FIR) boundaries and produce a comprehensive best-practices document for presentation at the June 2015 AGM.

The Optimised ATM Systems Workgroup (OASWG) has a new subgroup that is working on a Guide to Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) and ATFM and a CDM Implementation Plan by the end of 2014. This is an ambitious task and we continue to seek active support from Members and industry to help deliver this work stream. If you wish to participate, please contact Kapri.kupper@canso.org. We are also seeking ANSP co-chairs for both the Collaborative Airspace Workgroup (CAWG), and the OASWG subgroup Flight Efficiency.

ASBU Training: During the CANSO CEO Conference in Madrid, we launched the five-day comprehensive training programme 'Methodology and Best Practices for ASBU Implementation' delivered by The MITRE Corporation as a "quality service from CANSO".

The training is designed to provide members of the global aviation community (ANSPs, civil aviation authorities, and industry partners involved in aviation system modernisation) with a common understanding of the ASBU methodology, including:

  • The development of a needs and dependency analysis (criteria for selecting and implementing capabilities that satisfy operational capabilities)
  • Best practices for developing a business case
  • The cost benefit analysis that communicates the value impact of the ASBUs

On successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded with a certificate that is globally recognised.

The course has already received a lot of interest. The first course took place 21-25 April in Singapore kindly hosted by CAAS and the second is scheduled for 19-23 May in Delhi, India, kindly hosted by Airports Authority of India. The third course will be in Thailand, kindly hosted by AEROTHAI. CANSO and MITRE are coordinating the future global course dates. If you are interested in attending or hosting the ASBU Implementation Training in your region please visit the CANSO website for more information. CANSO Members hosting the course benefit from a tuition discount in addition to the special CANSO Member rates. CANSO will also promote the course and your hospitality via its communications channels.


Quarter One, 2014

CANSO was a significant participant in the development of the ICAO Advanced ATM Techniques Symposium in November. This educational event, conducted with several CANSO members, was the result of collaboration between CANSO, ICAO, IATA and ACI.

One of our Vision 2020 deliverables was achieved with the distribution of the CANSO ASBU 101 document. Developed by an OSC team led by the MITRE Corporation, this document provides our membership with a plain language, easy to comprehend outline of the ASBU methodology and describes the analysis required before making technology investment decisions.

The OSC UAS team has completed work on an informational document for our membership that outlines terminology, challenges and considerations associated with the integration of RPAS/UAS into the air traffic system. This information will be expanded during the Global ATM Operations Conference in March, for which the detailed programme is being finalised and will be distributed shortly.

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