Policy Quarterly Updates 2016

Quarter Four, 2016

The Policy Standing Committee (PSC) has established a work-plan to deliver CANSO positions on key issues over the next six months.

The PSC has approved the establishment of the Performance-based Regulation on Remote Tower Task Force to make recommendations on a performance-based regulatory approach, using remote towers as the first example. Introduction of new technologies, such as remote towers, invariably requires regulatory approval and is a clear example of change in our industry that is already requiring a more innovative regulatory approach to maximise the benefits.

The Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Implementation Task Force (NITF) has started its activity and is still open for Members to join. Following a pilot workshop in June, CANSO supported the first ICAO Competency Based Training Workshop in September in Mexico City. Further workshops will take place in 2017, including in Lima, Dakar and Nairobi. These workshops are designed to educate regulators, training organisations and training practitioners on the merits of competency based training for air traffic controllers and air traffic safety electronics personnel (ATSEP) and its role in addressing the predicted skills shortage. CANSO’s involvement ensures continued support to both ICAO and CANSO Members on a vital platform for training aviation professionals.

The ATM Security Workgroup (ASWG) will meet in November to discuss international cooperation on aviation security issues; ATM security risks; information security; and communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) security.

The Global Benchmarking Workgroup (GBWG) is finalising the CANSO Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report 2016, which will be published by the end of the year.

The Acquisition Excellence Workgroup (AEWG) will hold its first meeting shortly.

Quarter Three, 2016

The Policy Standing Committee (PSC) is developing a comprehensive and consistent series of CANSO position papers for public use on the CANSO website. It is also considering whether it is possible and desirable to combine the different CANSO surveys into one single annual survey of Members to collect all required performance and safety data and other information.

Each year air navigation service providers purchase new ATM equipment and spend significant additional sums for the specification, testing, certification, logistics provisioning and operator training for this equipment, well in advance of realising any operational benefits. Any delay or problem with the acquisition process represents a significant financial burden to ANSPs and can have operational impacts on capacity, efficiency and safety. CANSO has therefore established the Acquisition Excellence Workgroup (AEWG) to collate, improve, share and promote best practices for acquisition management across the full system life cycle with a focus on those areas of interest to CANSO Members. CANSO shall be contacting Members shortly to seek participants for what will be an interesting and lively Workgroup that should provide real added value to both Full Members and Associate Members.

The Human Resources Workgroup is working in partnership with ICAO on the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Implementation Task Force (NITF) and is seeking to ensure broad geographical representation.


Quarter Two, 2016

The ATM Security Workgroup (ASWG) focuses on a wide range of security issues, including cyber security; physical security; the way that security is managed within organisations; human factors; and the impact on safety systems. A new field of discussion is the impact on aviation security of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). After the shooting down of Flight MH17 and the establishment of the ICAO Information Repository, there is a need to further evaluate an innovative approach to airspace security issues, including flying over conflict zones, in coordination with other CANSO Workgroups. The ASWG is preparing CANSO papers for the 39th ICAO Assembly on cybersecurity and conflict zones.

The Global Benchmarking Workgroup (GBWG) agreed next steps for the annual CANSO Global ANS Performance Report. This included a review of feedback from the last report; preparation for annual data collection; development of new key performance indicators (KPI) for future reports as well as expanding the KPI framework; and the schedule for this year’s report. Data submission for the 2016 report on 2015 data begins in early May and closes on 31 July, one month earlier than usual. The draft report and graphics will be finalised at the GBWG meeting in Ottawa, Canada 5-7 October,. Publication will be in mid-December.

The Business Excellence Workgroup (BEWG) met with the Human Resources Workgroup in February with one joint interactive session on ‘How People and Culture drive Business Excellence’. The rest of the meeting consisted of exchanging experiences, new developments and lessons-learned; a discussion on the future of the BEWG; as well as a debate on the draft guidance paper, Principles of Performance-driven ANSP Management, which will be published in due course.

The meeting of the Human Resources Workgroup (HRWG) that was co-located with the BEWG focused on the impact of technology on staff, particularly remote tower technology. ANSPs agreed to share learning in this area and will develop a work plan. The HRWG agreed to share knowledge and best practice on managing mental health. The primary focus of the HRWG is the roll-out of competency-based training. CANSO has established A New Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Implementation Task Force (NITF) of training experts from ANSPs to support and represent CANSO in forthcoming awareness workshops which are being organised by ICAO to promote competency based training for ATCOs and ATSEPs.


Quarter One, 2016

The third ATM Security Workgroup (ASWG) meeting included a number of valuable presentations and case studies on cyber security. A group interactive session on ATM security risks was conducted and the team responses will be analysed to identify the work to be included in the ASWG work programme review. The WG has elected Francesco Di Maio as its new Chair. CANSO Director General Jeff Poole wishes to thank Gavin Walker for his leadership as the previous Chair and his strong contribution in getting the ASWG off to a ‘flying start’. We can all be proud of what has been achieved since the inception of the ASWG in 2013.

The Global Benchmarking Workgroup (GBWG) published the Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report 2015. The Report maintains the key performance indicator (KPI) structure introduced in the previous year’s report but, due to the growing size of the document and the different audiences for each part, it is now published as three separate documents – Executive Summary, Industry View and ANSP View. Of these, the ANSP View contains the highest level of detail, showing each of the KPIs for each of the reporting ANSPs.

The GBWG is now focussing on the development of new KPIs that will provide ANSPs with a deeper understanding of performance. This will be the main topic of the next meeting of the GBWG in Bangkok, Thailand 30 March to 1 April. This is also when the data submission process will begin for the 2016 Report.

The HR Workgroup (HRWG) and Business Excellence Workgroup (BEWG) will hold conjoined meetings in Amsterdam on 10 and 11 February to facilitate the sharing of information. The meetings will start off with a joint session that will explore how people and culture can drive business excellence, followed by discussions on guidance material that has been developed on quality management (QM), customer relationship management (CRM), and regulatory framework examples from different CANSO regions.

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