CANSO joins the NATO Aviation Committee (AVC)


Following an invitation from NATO, this week the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) participated for the first time in a meeting by the NATO Aviation Committee held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

Simon Hocquard, Director General of CANSO said “CANSO is pleased to join the NATO Aviation Committee and I am convinced that our participation will help foster dialogue between civilian and military airspace users on solutions to the key challenges the aviation industry faces today and to create a better future serving all of our interests – civil and military alike.”

The NATO Aviation Committee is the senior civil-military NATO body, which advises the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s principal political decision-making body, on aviation matters. It is also the interface for civil-military aviation issues with international organisations like the International Civil Aviation Organization, International Air Transport Association, Federal Aviation Administration, European Defence Agency and, from now, on CANSO.

Its focus is on enhancing the overall effort and coherence of policy and capability development for key issues affecting aviation, such as  interoperability, coordination of airspace access, airworthiness, integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems,  evaluation of cyber defence and assessment of civil aviation projects which could affect the Alliance’s missions and capabilities, including  modernisation initiatives like the Single European Sky (SES/SESAR) in Europe and the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NEXTGEN) in the United States.