CANSO Operations Programme announces change in structure


As CANSO’s Operations Programme evolves to align itself with the future work that is required, including its support of the Complete Air Traffic System (CATS) Global Council’s 2045 Vision and associated Roadmap, its Steering Group has announced the following changes to its work groups and task forces.

The Operations Programme will move from its current structure of seven workgroups and four task forces to a new structure of six workgroups and one task force.

The main changes are:

The UAS Traffic Management Task Force and Unmanned Aircraft Systems/ Emerging Technologies Workgroup have been consolidated to become the Operational Systems Integration Workgroup (OSI WG).

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM), Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Workgroup and Smart Digital Towers Task Force have been consolidated into a new Digital Transformation Workgroup (DT WG).

The Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Workgroup has become the Airspace Optimisation Workgroup (AO WG) with an expanded scope.

The Operational Performance Workgroup has been merged with the Global Benchmarking Workgroup in the Strategy and Integration Programme.

And finally, the Data Link Implementation Task Force has become a Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Workgroup (CNS WG), also expanding its scope.

The following groups, while not impacted by the restructuring above, will be asked to take on work in support of the CATS Future Sky Vision:

  • Environmental Workgroup
  • Air Traffic Flow Management/Airport – Collaborative Decision Making Workgroup
  • CADENCE Task Force

NATS’ Mike Hornby, Chair of the Operations Standing Committee’s Steering Group, said: “This move is all about making sure we are focussed on the right things at the right time, and with the right people. Since announcing this change to the Operations Community we have taken the opportunity to upgrade the skills and experience contributed by members of each work group or task force, all of which will ensure that CANSO’s Operations Programme plays a key role in identifying the operation requirements of, and then delivering, the skies of the future.”

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