CANSO Global Safety Conference 2023
The CANSO Global Safety Conference 2023 is CANSO’s exclusive conference dedicated to improving safety in air traffic management (ATM), uniting leading experts in safety from across the globe.
The Conference returns for the first time since the global pandemic, to Dublin, Ireland, and is kindly hosted by AirNav Ireland.
Attendees will benefit from three days of information sharing, discussion, and networking, as we continue to improve safety in aviation in our post-pandemic world. Anyone from the ATM industry, whether directly involved in Safety or not, is invited to discuss a range of issues including:
- Case Study Reviews of Actual incidents/investigations
- Safety Intelligence
- Human Performance
- Safety Management Systems
- Safety in Operations
- Cyber Safety
We’ll also enjoy keynote addresses from global safety leaders, and explore case studies of safety incidents and their subsequent investigations. And, as with all CANSO events, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues new and old.
The third day of the conference will see members of the four Safety Workgroups and Task Forces break off for their annual meetings (which you are welcome to drop into if you wish to find out more about being part of one of these groups). Additionally, a selection of workshops looking various aspects of safety and safety management have been organised. See the programme below for more details.
Our event will also include presentation of the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award, for 2023.
Registration for the Safety Conference is for CANSO Members only and costs just Euros 180 for all three days, and includes attendance of the Welcome Reception on 27 November, and Gala Dinner on 28 November.
Monday 27 November
|13:00 -15:00||Workgroup Chair and Safety Standing Committee Steering Group Meeting (by invitation only)|
|15:00-17:00||Safety Standing Committee Steering Group Meeting (by invitation only)|
|19:00-21:00||Welcome Reception, hosted by|
Tuesday 28 November
Wednesday 29 November
|08:35-09:20||Keynote Address – Cyber Safety in ATM|
Our second day begins with a presentation by a leading cyber expert and professor at Queen’s University, Belfast. This session will identify how cyber safety plays a role in ATM systems and safety and gives you the opportunity to ask questions to an internationally recognised authority.
Professor Chris Johnson, Pro Vice Chancellor (Engineering and Physical Sciences), Queen’s University Belfast
|09:20-10:00||Case Study – Cyber Safety|
A case-study of a real cyber safety event presented by a CANSO member organisation. You will hear what happened and how, as well the required actions identified for recovery. There will an opportunity to ask questions. This will be closed and confidential session.
Pete Clay, Chief Information Security Officer, Aireon LLC
|10:30-11:00||Cyber Safety Workgroup Presentation|
The CANSO Cyber Safety Workgroup develops and promotes cyber safety guidance, educational materials, and other practical products to support safety goals with a focus on identifying common cyber safety risks and issues. The Workgroup chairs will present their recent accomplishments and work planned for the coming year.
Andy Boff, Technical Secruity Consulting and Executive Leadership, Egis
Andreas Gerstinger, Safety Manager, Frequentis AG
Pete Clay, Chief Information Security Officer, Aireon LLC
|11:00-11:45||CATS Global Vision – Interactive Session|
In this interactive session, you will receive the latest updates on the Complete Air Traffic System (CATS) Global Council. We invite you to actively participate, engage in discussions, pose challenges, and share your insights. Let’s explore how CANSO and the Safety Community can contribute to this global vision and shape the future of ATM.
Eduardo Garcia Gonzalez, Senior Manager Future Skies, CANSO
|13:00-14:15||Best Practices in Safety Management Systems|
Every year during the SMS Maturity Assessment period, ANSPs have the opportunity to submit nominations for best practices in SMS. A joint CANSO and EUROCONTROL panel deliberates and awards “good” and “best” practices accolades. This session gives you the opportunity to learn about industry leading practices in SMS directly from those who implemented them.
Kim Nichols, Airways New Zealand
Paula Santos, QSAM, Nav Portugal
Dianna Millar, Manager, Safety Strategy, Planning and Research, NAVCANADA
NAVCANDA(2) – TBC
Amalia Negrini-Borges, Safety Expert, Performance and Analysis, AirNav Ireland
Donald “Britt” McNeil, Group Manager, Safety Analysis, FAA
|14:15-15:00||Case Study – Human Error and Big Data|
Traditional human error analysis is too retrospective, biased, and categorical. New techniques must look for the signals and data to reconstruct what happened objectively and to look for patterns. We must evaluate the human contributions to occurrences rather than focus on human error as primary causes. In this case study, we will look at three similar incidents occurring at three airports and demonstrate how a big data and a bottom-up approach to investigation can benefit just culture, shape responsibilities and inform how the socio-technical system is performing.
Lea-Sophie Vink, Human Performance Lead and Aviation Psychologist, Austro Control
|15:30-16:15||Operations and Safety – Regional Perspectives Panel|
Which comes first, Safety or Operations? Without one, there isn’t the other. A cross-regional panel will explore the natural tensions and opportunities for the Safety and Operations communities at the local, regional, and global level.
Mike Hornby, Chair, CANSO Operations Standing Committee Steering Group
To be confirmed
|16:15-16:45||Safety Implications of Transitioning to True North Navigation|
Traditionally ANSPs create, publish, and routinely update Aeronautical Information based on local magnetic variations. This presentation examines the safety implications and makes a case for abandoning magnetic variation and moving to not only publishing procedures based on true north, but also to operators navigating accordingly.
Anthony Mackay, Vice President and Chief Safety and Quality Officer, NAVCANADA
|16:45-17:15||Global Safety Award 2023 Winner’s Presentation|
The winner of the 2023 CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award will present their award-winning submission.
Thursday 30 November (all workshops subject to minimum registration numbers)
|08:00-10:00||Workshop 1 – Automation’s Role in Risk Identification/Assessment|
In this workshop you will learn how automated systems can be employed to identify system risks (review) and time to conflict (predictive). The FAA will present their Aviation Risk Identification and Assessment (ARIA) System and LVNL will educate on how Time to Conflict algorithms can be developed in ANSPs.
|08:00-10:00||Workshop 2 – SMS Where to Begin|
The CANSO/EUROCONTROL SoE in SMS is recognised as the gold standard in the ATM industry. However, it is a compressive and complex document and implementing its recommendations may be daunting. This workshop will help alleviate your concerns with starting/improving your programmes. It will help you to determine where to begin, how to make incremental improvements and the benefits of participating in the annual CANSO/EUROCONTROL SoE in SMS Maturity Assessment.
|08:00-10:00||Workshop 3 – Risk Assessment – How to do it and why you should|
Is your risk assessment process fit for purpose? This workshop will help you make sure your risk assessment processes are fit for purpose in light of common challenges, emerging needs, and best practices. It will guide you in assessing where to focus your efforts to evolve your risk assessment processes.
|08:00-10:00||Workshop 4 – Safety Culture/Just Culture – Where to begin, best practices, and practical examples|
Safety Culture and Just Culture are buzzwords at any gathering of Safety Professionals, but how do you go about creating a healthy organisational culture when it comes to ANSPs and safety reporting? This workshop will review best practices in evaluating, implementing, and improving healthy safety cultures. In it, you will also be introduced to practical examples that you may call upon to help influence change in your organisations.
|08:00-10:00||Workshop 5 – Human Performance 101|
In this workshop you will learn about Human Performance and how it differs from Human Factors. You learn how to distinguish Human Resources and Occupational Health programmes (i.e. performance evaluations) from Safety Programmes and how it can be implemented in your organisation. We will explore how Human Performance is measured, monitored and beneficial to safety management systems. It will also introduce the CANSO Human Performance Management SoE and how you can apply best practices.
|10:00-12:00||Workshop 6 – UAM/AAM/UTM Sense and Avoid – Current and future capabilities|
This workshop will review current and emerging Sense and Avoid (SAA) approaches and techniques. It will be specifically focused on helping ANSPs understand how SAA can be implemented to give airspace users and controllers better situational awareness.
|13:00-15:00||Workshop 7 – ATM & ANS Equipment Certification|
While the ATM industry tends to capitalise its development activities by moving from a project-based model to a product-based model, its stakeholders face several challenges such as heterogeneity of risk definition and required level of safety, lack of harmonised qualification processes from system to component level and qualification of solutions heavily relying on Commercial-Off-the-Shelf.
Tackling those challenges is paramount for the ATM equipment to efficiently achieve acceptable levels of safety. In pursuing this objective, this workshop aims to collaboratively define high level principles consistent with the ATM context on the following topics: Risk definition and associated levels of acceptability, and processes and methods supporting compliance to applicable regulation.
In parallel, a new regulatory framework on the ATM equipment conformity assessment is under development by the EASA, and this new framework has the potential to structure the ATM equipment qualification in the future.
Safety Workgroup meetings
|10:30-17:00||Human Performance Management Workgroup Meeting|
|10:30-17:00||Safety Intelligence Workgroup Meeting|
|10:30-17:00||Cyber Safety Workgroup Meeting|
|10:30-17:00||Next Gen SMS Workgroup Meeting|
The CANSO Global Safety Conference 2023 will be held at The Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin, Ireland.