Policy

CANSO’s Policy Standing Committee (PSC) develops common positions on key issues affecting the ATM industry and ensures CANSO’s views are effectively communicated to key decision-makers, including regulators and governments. The PSC also ensures cooperation with industry partners on these issues.

The CANSO Policy work programme identifies and creates tools and guidance materials in all areas of ATM governance and management, to help ANSPs become more customer focused, better  performing organisations. It also develops strategies and policies to work with States and industry partners to achieve the goal of safe, efficient and seamless airspace globally.

The objectives of the PSC are to:

  • Develop recommendations for CANSO policies and positions on key issues for the aviation industry 
  • Propose campaigns to promote CANSO policies and positions with governmental, intergovernmental and other air transport stakeholder groups and institutions 
  • Identify, facilitate and promote potential partnerships with air transport stakeholder groups 
  • Review the implementation of external policies and propose appropriate responses 
  • Provide a forum for members to share best practice guidance on topics of interest for CANSO members

The PSC coordinates CANSO’s advocacy activities using the expertise of the other CANSO standing committees (Safety and Operations) and CANSO ICAO and Industry Affairs. It facilitates dialogue and collaboration between CANSO’s global and regional work streams to build support from the whole membership as well as ensuring consistency in CANSO’s advocacy activities.

Five workgroups and two task forces develop recommendations, policies, strategies and materials across a wide range of key policy issues.

Workgroup Task

Acquisition
Excellence
Workgroup (AEWG)

Accumulates, tailors, improves, shares and promote best practice for acquisition management across the full system life cycle. It proposes campaigns to promote best practice within acquisition management; provides a forum for Members to provide best practice guidance to the specific needs of the ATM industry on topics of interest to CANSO Members; facilitates coordination with other CANSO work programmes; and establishes metrics and a benchmarking framework for acquisition management practices.
ATM Security Workgroup (ASWH) Drives, promotes and supports ATM security best practice; and inform and influence policy-makers and regulators on ATM security matters. The workgroup focuses on general and topical aviation security issues, especially cyber security, conflict zones and human factors in ATM security. It also considers harmonising audit and compliance monitoring activity and identifying commonly applicable standards and international regulations relevant to international civil aviation.
Business Excellence Workgroup (BEWG) Develops CANSO policies, positions and guidance material to influence the transformation of the institutional and regulatory framework; supports ANSPs in their efforts to transform to performance-based organisations; supports the creation of global quality and improvement standards in air navigation services; considers new quality and improvement resources, tools and systems; champions the assessment of ANSP capabilities; and promotes stakeholder engagement. This group also develops and conducts the annual CANSO Fitness Check. This is designed to assess ANSP performance and supports the prioritisation of CANSO’s work programme.
Global Benchmarking Workgroup (GBWG) Provides a platform for sharing experience and data on human resources (HR) issues, thus supporting Members in HR management. It addresses issues such as fatigue management, insider security threats, employing people with disabilities, accreditation of training courses and change management required when introducing new technology such as digitisation and remote air traffic control towers.

Human Resources Workgroup (HRWG)

The CANSO Acquisition Excellence Workgroup (AEWG) provides a forum for members to develop best practise guidance for improving acquisition outcomes for all ATM stakeholders by collecting and disseminating acquisition best practices, improving the capital and operating efficiency of the ATM industry through better acquisition management and promoting a robust, equitable and competitive ATM supply chain. The principal mandate for the AEWG is to accumulate, tailor, improve, share and promote best practices for acquisition management across the full system life cycle.Develops CANSO policies, positions and guidance material to influence the transformation of the institutional and regulatory framework; supports ANSPs in their efforts to transform to performance-based organisations; supports the creation of global quality and improvement standards in air navigation services; considers new quality and improvement resources, tools and systems; champions the assessment of ANSP capabilities; and promotes stakeholder engagement.
Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Implementation Task Force (NITF) Operates under the HRWG to implement competency-based training for air traffic controllers (ATCO) and air traffic safety electronics personnel (ATSEP). The task force members represent CANSO at International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regional workshops on competency-based training and participate in the creation of training material for the ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) regional workshops
Performance Based Regulation on Remote Towers Task Force (PBR on RT TF) Supports the transformation towards a regulatory framework which is performance-based. It makes recommendations on regulations regarding remote air traffic control tower issue such as new technologies. This requires a more innovative regulatory approach and also encourages the implementation of a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework and background across all ATM related regulations.

 

 

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