Safety is the number one priority of the aviation industry. ATM faces many challenges including: increasing traffic demand; the implementation of new technology; new entrants to airspace such as unmanned aircraft; and increasing automation. The ATM industry must address these while maintaining and improving safety.

The Safety Standing Committee (SSC) oversees CANSO’s Safety Programme and aims to: continually improve safety performance in air traffic management (ATM) operations; further enhance safety management and culture among CANSO Members; and provide global leadership on safety management issues. CANSO’s safety work programme helps ANSPs improve safety through elements such as safety management systems, best practices and benchmarking.The objectives of the SSC are to:

  • Provide Members with a mechanism to exchange information and best practices to improve their safety management system (SMS) and overall safety performance
  • Establish common CANSO positions on a broad range of safety issues
  • Represent the safety interests of CANSO Members to governmental and other bodies
  • Identify CANSO safety goals and develop products and initiatives in support of those goals
  • To improve the way that ANSPs identify risks and manage safety, CANSO has produced guidance to standardise risk evaluations and assessments conducted by ANSPs

There are three workgroups and various subgroups available to our Members that develop recommendations, policies, strategies and materials across a wide range of key safety issues. 



  Global Runway Safety - press release
  Global Runway Safety - Unstable Approaches
  Global Runway Safety - Flyer: Runway Excursions
  Global Runway Safety - Flyer: Avoiding Unstable Approaches
  Global Runway Safety - Flyer: Runway Safety Maturity Checklist
  Runway Safety Maturity Checklist Weighting Criteria
  CANSO Runway Safety Maturity Checklist

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