Remarks of CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal on 15 September 2017

18 September 2017

In his remarks to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole talked about the global trends affecting ATM; the challenges it faces; and what CANSO, ICAO and States can do to address the challenges to ensure airspace is safe, efficient and cost effective for all airspace users.

Jeff Poole outlined five specific challenges and key trends affecting ATM

First, is to secure the necessary investment to modernise and improve ATM infrastructure to be able to handle the growth in air traffic; second, is to further improve harmonisation and cooperation to improve the efficiency of airspace; third, is to manage new technologies and game-changers, particularly how they impact on people in ATM and on the business; fourth, is to accommodate and integrate safely and efficiently the growth in new non-traditional users of airspace; and fifth, is to maintain and further improve ATM safety despite the growing demand, new entrants, and increased complexity.

Jeff Poole concluded that to support the growth of air traffic around the globe, ICAO, States, ANSPs, the aviation industry, and CANSO have to cooperate to modernise ATM. This will lead to economic benefits for States, including improved connectivity and GDP growth. States need to ensure adequate finance is made available to invest in ATM infrastructure. Cooperation on regional initiatives will help harmonise airspace and improve efficiency. CANSO will lead from the ATM industry side; it looks to ICAO to continue the wider leadership role with States and regulators.

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