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CANSO welcomes decisions to facilitate ATM change

CANSO – the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation – welcomed the outcomes of the ICAO Thirteenth Air Navigation Conference.

At the conference, it was stated that “States approved CANSO recommendations on enabling investment in ATM infrastructure; harmonising the approach to standards around the world; adopting a performance-based approach to regulation; embracing new technologies and airspace users; and tackling cyber security.

CANSO said it is committed to working with States and industry partners to implement the results of the Conference.

CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, said: “We are delighted that States have strongly supported and approved the recommendations in all nine CANSO papers, which address challenges including growing air traffic, new entrants to airspace such as drones, high altitude and space vehicles, and the cyber threat.

These decisions will enable the ATM industry to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by a range of new technologies in the years ahead.

In particular, we are pleased that States are taking a performance-based approach to regulation – looking at what is to be achieved rather than prescribing how to do it or which specific solutions are to be used.”

Jeff Poole concluded: “The Thirteenth Air Navigation Conference delivered important decisions for improved ATM that will contribute to global connectivity and the economic and social benefits of aviation.

With good cooperation from all stakeholders, these decisions provide a strong foundation for all levels of airspace to be managed safely, effectively and seamlessly for any airspace user and to be able to embrace new technologies and procedures now and in the years to come.