Why join CANSO?

The air traffic management (ATM) industry is changing. As a result, all stakeholders are taking on a range of new tasks and responsibilities. They are preparing for a new generation of ATM technologies and major changes to the numbers and types of airspace users they support.

Meanwhile, international aviation regulatory bodies are preparing new rules and procedures that will directly impact on their operations. It is therefore important that the ATC industry continues to influence its own future through proactive advocacy.

CANSO, the global voice of air traffic management, promotes positive engagement and provides its members with an opportunity to:

Shape the future of ATM

In a community that supports over 90 percent of world air traffic, technology and service providers play a pivotal role in developing the next generation of ATM systems. CANSO and its Members recognise that they must work together towards a performance-based air traffic management system. By actively participating in discussions with stakeholders, regulators and industry peers, Members can help create policies and guidelines that shape the future of the industry.

CANSO events, forums and workgroups allow you to work with other aviation stakeholders to address common challenges, such as new entrants to civil airspace, and build a safer, more efficient and effective future.

Expand your network

CANSO provides Members with a vital competitive advantage through global events, workgroups and online platforms, which connect over 20,000 individuals within the ATM industry. It allows Members to network, and offers valuable access to key decision-makers from across the aviation industry.

Participate in workgroups

CANSO membership entitles you to collaborate with over 90 ANSPs and over 90 industry innovators (suppliers and organisations) by participating in our highly influential forums and workgroups. Each forum and workgroup focuses on a specific area of ATM, and provides an objective environment for Members to analyse issues and develop guidance and best practices that improve safety, drive operational efficiency and solve business problems in an open, timely and predictable manner.

Access information

CANSO membership allows you access to the latest information on industry developments, guidance materials, data, expertise and best practice. With over 80 publications available, the CANSO publication library is designed to help Members keep abreast of developments that can offer you a competitive edge. CANSO also offers an online information forum which connects all CANSO Members and provides a unique global workspace for the world’s ATM community to exchange industry intelligence and best practice. 

Be represented

CANSO represents the interests of the global air traffic management community to governments, regulators and key stakeholders. CANSO attends global forums that determine the institutional and regulatory framework for air navigation service provision. This includes the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), procedures, policies and other guidance material from international organisations such as ICAO. CANSO then provide Members with insights into work programmes and initiatives that may affect them.

CANSO Members include air navigation service providers, leading industry innovators and air traffic management specialists.

We offer four different types of Membership:

Full Membership

Our Full Members are Air Navigation Service Providers that act as ATS Authorities in accordance with ICAO Annex 11 and provide ATS on an exclusive basis with a particular block of airspace.

Any ANSPs that fall under this criteria can join CANSO as Full Members regardless of their legal status; this includes ANSPs integrated within government structures and departments.

Intermediate Membership

Our intermediate members are organisations that provide services intended to keep airborne capable vehicles (manned and unmanned) safely separated, and to maintain an orderly flow of air traffic including service providers who provide:

  • Aerodrome Service Providers are entities that provide services designed to ensure the safe separation and effective operation of Aircraft, vehicles and pedestrians on the Movement Area and Aircraft flying in the vicinity of the Aerodrome.
  • ATM data service providers (ADSPs) are entities that provide the essential data and applications required to provide ATS.  They manage ATM data processing and produce associated services for individual or a group of ANSPs; Vertiport SPs or USSP/ UTM SPs.
  • Vertiport Service Providers (VSPs) are entities that provide integrated airspace management services for eVTOL’s. VSPs continuously monitor flight plans and operations to maximize traffic flow for better profitability and safety.
  • U-Space Service Providers (USSP) or UTM Service Providers (UTMSPs) are entities that provide services to UAS or uncrewed aircraft operators to ensure traffic is managed in a safe, secure and continuous manner. USSP/ UTMSPs provide a combination of services including network identification, geoawareness, traffic information and UAS flight authorisation.

Associate Membership

CANSO’s Associate Members are organisations that supply goods and services to the air traffic management industry, as well as academic institutions and aircraft operators.

Membership offers Associates the opportunity to network with clients and key decision-makers across the aviation industry. Associate Members are also able to lend their expertise to CANSO work programmes and help improve the delivery of air navigation services.

Academia and Research Membership

CANSO’s Academic and Research Members actively contribute to the advancement of the Air Navigation Services industry by means of academic and research projects. They provide unbiased, independent research that adds value on the topics of ATM, meteorology, safety, security, and other aspects of global aviation.

The primary mission of CANSO’s Academic and Research Members should be centred on fostering education, research, and knowledge dissemination in the aviation field, rather than primarily providing advice for clients on concrete, practical projects.

In return these members have access to CANSO’s network and the ability to participate in CANSO work programmes.

Any questions?

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