Safety Quarterly Updates 2016

Quarter Four, 2016

In August, a beta test of the new CANSO Standard of Excellence in Air Navigation Services - Safety (SEANS–Safety) programme was carried out successfully in Curaçao with the help of DC-ANSP. The beta test helped CANSO further refine the SEANS-Safety process and procedures, while providing DC-ANSP with a road map to further enhance its safety management system. The next beta test is currently taking place with Airways New Zealand.

The Human Performance Task Force met in Ottawa and discussed how human performance science can achieve better performance in both safety and efficiency. The Task Force will present its work at the Global ATM Safety Conference in Budapest, Hungary in November.

CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole represented CANSO at the IATA Safety Management Conference where he talked about the role CANSO has played in the development of a safety management systems in the ATM industry.

CANSO, along with industry partners, participated in an ICAO meeting to update each other on the progress of work on runway safety. There will be an ICAO Runway Safety Symposium in the fourth quarter of 2017 and EUROCONTROL
is to update the European Action Plan for Runway Incursions.

As part of our focus on further improving safety in Africa, CANSO partnered with the FAA to deliver a five-day workshop on “Effective Oversight of a Safety Management System” in Lusaka, Zambia; and a two day seminar on “Incident
Investigation in a Just Culture” in Accra, Ghana.


Quarter Three, 2016

Greg Myles, previously NAV CANADA’s Director of Operational Safety and Analysis, has joined CANSO to lead the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Air Navigation Services–Safety (SEANS–Safety) programme. This initiative is designed to independently verify the maturity of safety management systems (SMS) of air navigation service providers. The first “beta test” of the programme will be conducted this summer in Curaçao, followed in early 2017 by assessments in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand.

Having just completed CANSO’s annual collection of safety data, we are now analysing the information. Many thanks to those who submitted Runway Incursion, Loss of Separation, SMS Maturity and other safety-critical data. Having such a large and consistent pool of data helps us identify best practices and areas for improvement. If your ANSP chose not to participate this year, please consider doing so next year. The CANSO benchmarking surveys, and the insights they provide, are one of the principal ways that we return value to Members.

The new Human Performance (HP) Task Force will focus on fatigue and other factors affecting human performance. It already has more than 20 members and is working to define its course over the coming years. The first meeting of the Task Force will take place from 27 to 29 September in Ottawa, Canada, hosted by NAV CANADA. It is great to see such enthusiasm among Members for this important area of safety research. We are looking forward to learning from their efforts.


Quarter Two, 2016

The CANSO Executive Committee has approved the phased implementation of the Standard of Excellence in Air Navigation Services–Safety (SEANS-Safety) programme. The first four SEANS-Safety assessments in 2017 are designed to independently verify the maturity of participating ANSPs’ safety management systems (SMS). IDAC in the Dominican Republic and ATNS in South Africa have volunteered to be among the programme’s four “beta testers”; we are currently seeking volunteer ANSPs in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

At the second annual Middle East Airspace User and Stakeholder Engagement (MEAUSE) Forum, in Cairo, Egypt, participants built upon an earlier agreement by which CANSO and the Middle East Regional Safety Workgroup will collaborate to champion an ICAO Safety Enhancements Initiative to improve SMS in air traffic management.

At the Safety Standing Committee’s (SSC) 2016 Collaborative Workgroup Meeting, in Langen, Germany, members of all three safety workgroups came together to revise the SMS Maturity Survey and further develop safety performance metrics and a Runway Safety Maturity Model. Members also developed terms of reference to establish a new Human Performance Task Force. It will focus on fatigue and other factors affecting human performance. The task force is currently looking for volunteers so if your organisation would like to be represented please contact


Quarter One, 2016

The CANSO Executive Committee has approved the initial phase of the Implementation plan for the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Air Navigation Services - Safety (SEANS-Safety). CANSO continues to examine the options for conducting the independent safety management system (SMS) assessments, which are a central part of SEANS-Safety.

CANSO is planning to publish the CANSO Safety Performance Benchmarking Reports for which the participating Member ANSPs elect to have their annual data identified or de-identified. In addition to creating an open culture for sharing safety information, agreeing to be part of the identified benchmarking report helps Members better share best practices and lessons learned. It also allows for better and more comprehensive analysis by CANSO and the Safety Performance Measurement Workgroup. CANSO hopes to see an increase in the number of participating Members this year.

In December, CANSO published three important documents. The CANSO Emergency Response Planning Guide contains best practices, knowledge and experience related to contingency plans and procedures from ANSPs around the world. CANSO extends its thanks to FAA, Airservices Australia, CAAS, EUROCONTROL, HungaroControl, and NATS for their contributions to this excellent product. The revision to the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Safety Management Systems (Version 2.1) aligns with ICAO’s Annex 19 - Safety. In this latest version, the phased steps and associated objectives in the SMS Maturity Pathway have been updated to more accurately reflect the environment, activities and priorities of the ANSP as it works toward implementing an SMS. The CANSO SMS Implementation Guide Version 2.1 ensures the information in the guide remains immediately beneficial and relevant to CANSO Members at varying levels of SMS implementation and maturity. CANSO extends its thanks to the leads of the Future SMS Development Workgroup for their work on Version 2.1 of these documents.

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