A solution shared is a problem halved

4 December 2018

Sinead McCloskey, Director of Safety at Aireon, considers how shared experience and expertise in ATM can create a safer industry.

Having made the transition from a career spent working almost exclusively within an ANSP (half of which was in safety), to a commercial stakeholder such as Aireon, I consider myself extremely privileged to have been not only invited to participate in the CANSO Global ATM Safety Conference again this year, but also elected onto the Safety Standing Committee Steering Committee as an industry partner. Safety is something I have always been passionate about and I welcome any opportunity to add value.

Yesterday’s conference session on optimised safety practices, moderated by Job Bruggen LVNL, delivered some fantastic examples of safety best practice. Magnus Teo Tian Hong from CAAS presented on how they’ve managed the construction of Terminal 5 at Changai East; Nattamon Thavornpitak explored safety culture at AEROTHAI; and Andrea Sack-Nirschl from Austro Control presented on collaborative working with ANSPs, airlines and operators to facilitate the sharing of safety data.

In addition, Roger Dillon from NATS gave an excellent presentation on creating a strong safety culture, and how NATS are concentrating on staff wellness; Mike Balder from the FAA showed us how they have developed a management dashboard to ensure important and relevant safety information is presented to the executive team directing safety operations; and Kim Nichols from Airways New Zealand delivered another fascinating presentation on results from the Runway Safety Task Force. Participants welcomed Kim’s presentation and focus on barrier development rather than risk management. The enthusiastic discussion that followed this session demonstrated this is something safety professionals appreciate.

The following session on future safety development looked at the reference arguments for digital towers, risk metrics and economic value of safety, delivered by Claire Marrison from Airservices Australia and Roger Dillon. Claire, Neil May from NATS, Ann Lindeis from NAV CANADA and Jason Demagalski from FAA ATO then explored current practices and future developments to manage the new ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices for Fatigue Risk Management.

In the afternoon, I participated in a session on safety management system best practices from industry. It was very interesting to hear from Altitude Angel and their successful UAS trial at Manchester airport, the automation being developed to reduce runway incursions, IAA’s development of TOKAI to produce a safety data dashboard and NAVCANADA’s efforts to reduce runway excursions. We finished the day with a presentation from Hervé Forestier from DSNA on traffic complexity and how best to use this data to better inform decisions on safety.

I think it’s fair to say that as this week has progressed, the interaction from the audience, the sidebar conversations, exchange of contact details and the follow-on questions have significantly increased. All pointing to another very successful CANSO conference!



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Sinead McCloskey Director of Safety, Aireon

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