ICAO states agree on draft global plan

The conclusion of the ICAO 12th Air Navigation Conference in Montreal on 30 November saw agreement on a draft revised Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) that will guide industry planning and implementation activities over the next two decades.

More than 1,000 delegates from 120 contracting states and 30 international organisations attended the conference to achieve consensus on the next steps to achieving an interoperable, seamless and global air traffic management system for international civil aviation.

The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) presented working papers that were incorporated into the draft recommendations on topics ranging from enabling technology to improved standards-setting, policy-making and regulatory practices.

For the first time, the GANP includes a timeline for which future improvements can be implemented by States in accordance with their needs. The conference unanimously endorsed the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) framework introduced by ICAO to set goals in terms of operational improvements on a consensus-driven basis.

CANSO contributed to the ASBU framework and guidance material for implementation and will continue to be part of a collaborative process involving all aviation stakeholders to see that operational improvements are carried out in line with global performance improvement criteria.

The ASBUs allow for development at regional and sub-regional level to also align with wider interregional goals of optimising capacity and improving flight path efficiencies.

ICAO is due to endorse the draft Fourth Edition of the GANP at the ICAO Assembly in September 2013. It is expected to introduce a globally coordinated strategy that reflects the industry’s collective vision of an interoperable air traffic management system and to lay down clear goals in terms of operational improvements for safe and efficient traffic growth.

This activity will continue, for example in a shared vision for a global data link system for ATM, achieving common standards for system wide information management (SWIM).

 

 

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