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CANSO Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Guide – 2023
Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are a high value target for certain advanced persistent threats (APTs) as they are classified as critical national infrastructure (CNI) …
Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are a high value target for certain advanced persistent threats (APTs) as they are classified as critical national infrastructure (CNI) service providers. Criminals are constantly evolving into a more professional and organised threat to aviation, particularly as aviation continues its digital transformation which increases the …
CANSO Standard of Excellence in Safety Management Systems
The CANSO Standard of Excellence in Safety Management Systems helps ANSPs build, implement and improve their Safety Management Systems (SMS) to suit the size and operational complexity of their organisation, reflect industry best practices and meet international standards.
This latest version (February 2023) incorporates recent developments in safety management thinking and …
Emerging technologies for future skies: Airborne Capabilities
The accelerating pace of technology is creating new opportunities for the airborne platform to play an increasingly important role in Air Traffic Management (ATM). Organisations such as Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), government agencies, research companies, operators, and equipment manufacturers have, for years, been researching, developing, and deploying new flight …
CANSO Guide to GreenATM Accreditation
The CANSO GreenATM Programme is an environmental accreditation program that provides air navigation service providers (ANSPs) with an independent, industry endorsed, accreditation of their environmental efforts. Through the programme, ANSPs are assessed with respect to their direct environmental impact, as well as their efforts to facilitate the reduction of emissions …
Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report – 2016-2020
The CANSO Global Air Navigation Services (ANS) Performance Report is produced annually by CANSO’s Global Benchmarking Workgroup (GBWG) with the support of Egis.
This year’s report provides data for 52 ANSPs and contains performance indicators for the year 2020, along with trend data between 2016 and 2020.
In this edition, we look …
Long-Range Air Traffic Flow Management Concept
CANSO’s latest white paper, Long-Range Air Traffic Flow Management (LRATFM) Concept, explores the LRATFM concept in detail. The document discusses the experience of ANSPs, provides recommendations for implementation and suggests implementation models that can align with already established regional ATFM operations.
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Green ATM Environmental Accreditation Programme
GreenATM provides an objective validation of an ANSP’s efforts to increase sustainability and environmental management and in doing so enhances credibility with the public and other stakeholders.
By highlighting the areas an ANSP can positively influence its own environmental footprint and that of its customers, it reveals a path …
Emerging technologies for future skies: Blockchain
Blockchain is a technology that makes it possiblefor groups of people or organisations to collectively agree on and permanently record information without the need of a central third-party authority.
By creating trust in distributing data, Blockchain has revolutionised how we share information and carry out transactions in distributed systems.
CANSO – shaping Europe’s future skies
ANSPs are partners for a safe, resilient, cost–efficient and sustainable European air Transport.
They are responsible for providing and operating an important part of the critical infrastructure ofthe EU and its Member States.
They play an essential role in the aviation value chain by contributing to the efficient operation …
Report of Performance Metrics Survey
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are the critical (key) indicators of progress toward an intended result. KPIs in air navigation provide a focus for strategic measurement of air traffic management (ATM) performance for operational improvement, as well as an analytical tool for decision making.
The idea to conduct a survey of …
Emerging technologies for future skies: Virtualisation
Consider an environment where services are provided in a digital manner that decouples the location of the infrastructure from ATS service delivery; this situation corresponds, in technical terms, to a virtualisation of service provision.
Virtualisation from a technical perspective refers to a different use of resources, with new enablers such …
Emerging technologies for future skies: System Wide Information Management (SWIM)
System wide information management (SWIM) means different things to different people across the CANSO membership and the world of aviation. This is despite many documents, ICAO guidance programmes of work, and engagement over the years. This means that more work is needed to gain a common understanding, including the consideration …
Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report (2014-2019)
The Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report 2015-2019 is CANSO’s latest report examining the cost-efficiency and productivity of air navigation service providers (ANSP). The performance of 52 ANSPs is detailed in the report across a key performance indicator framework for continental and oceanic operations.
2019 will be an important baseline year …
Emerging technologies for future skies: Artificial Intelligence
Explore the first in our exclusive series of whitepapers on breakthrough technologies and the role they will play in the transformation of our industry.
The availability of enormous quantities of data coupled with the growth of highly effective and efficient computing power has the potential to enable the widespread use …
CANSO Normal Operations Monitoring Toolbox
Normal operations management (NOM) allows safety and operations managers to understand ATM systems and identify risk by analysis data. It is a scalable and highly adaptable safety tool, providing not only information and new methods for analysing it, but also a cultural framework to help create a positive mindset towards …
CANSO Incident Investigation Toolbox
The CANSO Incident Investigation Toolbox seeks to summarise worldwide common and specific practices at each stage of the process. To that end, it includes a compilation of practical approaches and tools for occurrence reporting, data collection, investigation analysis, recommendations, human factors review, monitoring phase, etc. Each stage is described, including …
Air Traffic Management Cybersecurity Policy Template
CANSO, ICAO and Airbus have prepared an Air Traffic Management Cybersecurity Policy Template to help states implement cybersecurity mechanisms and culture across entire ATM systems and security operations.
The template aims to guarantee aviation system resilience, safeguarding information integrity, availability, confidentiality, and hardware/software protection, and support civil aviation security, …
Educated Guess: Interpreting traffic forecasting during the pandemic
CANSO’s Educated Guess: Interpreting traffic forecasting during the pandemic is a high-level view of the current state of traffic forecasting and planning both now and in the future.
Understanding demand is critical to the cost-efficient delivery of capacity. ANSPs need accurate information on air traffic demand to plan staffing, …
CANSO Guidance Material for Remote and Digital Towers
CANSO Guidance Material for Remote and Digital Towers provides an introduction to the remote and digital tower concept and technologies, and explores what drivers, challenges and pressures can influence operations.
The aim is to answer specific questions that ANSPs may have, including: what is a digital tower, why and when …
CANSO Guide on ATFM/A-CDM Integration
Air traffic flow management (ATFM) and airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) are collaborative processes aimed at improving efficiency and optimising resources in airspace and at airports. With growth of air traffic prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, ATFM and A-CDM became central to air traffic management in many regions and airports …
CANSO Standard of Excellence in Cybersecurity
The CANSO Standard of Excellence in Cybersecurity brings together best practices, knowledge and experience from various industry stakeholders to enable air navigation service providers (ANSP) to assess and improve their cybersecurity performance, as well as their suppliers.
The best practice document measures performance using a maturity model that …
Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report (2014-2018)
CANSO’s tenth Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report uses key performance metrics to measure the cost-efficiency and productivity of air navigation service providers(ANSP). The latest report includes data from 57 ANSPs responsible for the management of 65% of the world’s air traffic. It covers data from 2014 up …
Africa ATFM Implementation Plan – CANSO Mombasa ATFM Roadmap
The Africa ATFM Implementation Plan: CANSO Mombasa ATFM Roadmap outlines the tools required to establish air traffic flow management (ATFM) in Africa.
ATFM helps to improve the safety and efficiency of aviation and boost connectivity. An integral part of the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan and ICAO Aviation …
COVID-19 Restart and Recovery Guide
As traffic restrictions begin to lift and traffic volumes begin to grow, ANSPs must be ready to provide a service in what is likely to be a unique demand environment with variable traffic levels.
ATM never shut down throughout this crisis. In all regions of the globe ANSPs kept the …
COVID-19: Ensuring Continuity of ATS Service Globally
CANSO’s COVID-19: Ensuring continuity of ATS service globally provides essential guidance for the ATM industry on navigating the global COVID-19 pandemic.
ANSPs are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the health of employees during this time in order to provide the maximum level of continuity in the provision …
Use of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) for Noise Management
CANSO works with ACI to ensure responsible operations and has partnered to produce Use of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) for Noise Management. This publication provides guidance and shares best practices on PBN implementation and highlights opportunities to mitigate the effects of aircraft noise.
While PBN offers benefits to safety, …
CANSO Emergency Response Planning Guide
The CANSO Emergency Response Planning Guide brings together best practices, knowledge and experience related to contingency plans and procedures from air navigation service providers (ANSP) around the world. The Guide helps ANSPs develop a formal emergency response plan that documents the orderly and efficient transition from normal to …
Guidelines on Airport-Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) Key Performance Measures
Airport collaborative decision-making (A-CDM) can improve the efficiency, capacity and environmental performance of airport operations by optimising the use of resources and improving the predictability of events. A-CDM may also enhance the planning and management of en-route operations. The procedure is based on real-time information sharing between airport operators, aircraft …
Implementing Air Traffic Flow Management and Collaborative Decision Making
The annual growth of air transport requires solutions to ensure operational efficiency and security in air traffic management (ATM). Air traffic flow management (ATFM) and collaborative decision-making (CDM) are processes that help to balance demand against capacity and increase operational coordination between aviation stakeholders, creating a safer, more efficient flow …
CANSO Standard of Excellence in Human Performance Management
The CANSO Standard of Excellence in Human Performance Management provides a roadmap to help air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to assess, develop and improve their human performance management.
As new ATM technologies and procedures are introducing greater reliance on automation and adaptation, flexibility is necessary to keep the …
CANSO Asia Pacific Regional Safety Implementation Strategy
Safety is the industry’s number one priority and CANSO is committed to the delivery of operational best practice through a strong regional focus.
The CANSO Asia Pacific Regional Safety Implementation Strategy facilitates the collaborative regional improvement of safety in the region and provides a reference guide for Member ANSPs in …
Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report 2018 – Executive Summary
The CANSO Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report provides an annual global overview of air navigation service provider (ANSP) performance. It compares key financial and productivity indicators from participating ANSPs, highlighting global performance trends and identifying gaps. The report provides a basis for collective improvement, enabling ANSPs and their stakeholders …
ANSP Considerations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations
ANSP Considerations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations addresses increasing demand on air traffic management (ATM) by the introduction of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations into airspace and considers how to safely accommodate these new entrants into airspace.
Regulators around the world are beginning to permit small scale, local …
Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Quality Management Development Guidance Manual
The digitisation of ATM processes and procedures plays an important role in enabling integrated and interoperable air navigation services worldwide. As the global voice of air traffic management (ATM), CANSO seeks to provide expertise and guidance on all aspects of ATM operations; and improving the standard of aeronautical information management (…
CANSO Acquisition Excellence Manual
The CANSO Acquisition Excellence Manual is an essential guide that will prepare the ATM industry for potentially seismic shifts in business and purchasing models. It breaks down the walls to often complex and time-consuming processes and procedures; and provides insight and guidance on acquisition best practice from both …
Unstable Approaches: Risk Mitigation Policies, Procedures and Best Practice, Third Edition
Unstable Approaches: Risk Mitigation Policies, Procedures and Best Practices, Third Edition, has been produced by CANSO, IATA, IFATCA and IFALPA.
The approach and landing phases of flight accounted for approximately 61 percent of accidents between 2012 and 2016. Unstable approaches were a factor in 16 percent of those approach and landing accidents. The purpose …
Air Navigation Service Provider Carbon Footprinting: A Best Practice Guide
Air Navigation Service Provider Carbon Footprinting: A Best Practice Guide offers ANSPs practical advice on measuring carbon emissions, a crucial first step in identifying and delivering environmental improvements.
Measuring and reporting environmental performance is a key social responsibility for businesses as concerns about sustainability issues increase. This guide …
Performance-Based Navigation for ANSPs: Concept 2030
Performance-based navigation (PBN) is instrumental in improving the efficiency of airspace across the globe, and CANSO’s Performance-Based Navigation for ANSPs: Concept 2030 offers a vision of PBN for the year 2030.
By determining the future state of PBN, this guide is designed to assist CANSO Members as they prepare for, or …
Fatigue Management Guide for Air Traffic Service Providers
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Automation Interface Between Flight Information Regions –Best Practice Guide for ANSPs
CANSO’s vision is to transform air traffic management performance globally; to harmonise airspace so that planes can fly smoothly and seamlessly across the globe. CANSO has identified a number of impediments to the safe and efficient crossing of Flight Information Region (FIR) boundaries and we have previously published guides …
Airport Collaborative Decision-Making – Optimisation through Collaboration
Partnership is one of the three pillars of Vision 2020. The partnership between airports, airlines and ATM to reduce congestion and delays is key to improving efficiency at airports. This partnership is realised through the concept of airport collaborative decision-making (A-CDM), which is being used effectively by many CANSO Members.
ANSP Guidelines for Implementing ATS Surveillance Services Using Space-Based ADS-B
CANSO provides the ANSP Guidelines for Implementing ATS Surveillance Services Using Space-Based ADS-B to support Member ANSPs as they consider whether to incorporate the future system of space-based ADS-B into their air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure.
This document provides background information on ATS surveillance systems and related services; …
Performance-Based Navigation – Best Practice Guide for ANSPs
CANSO has published the CANSO Performance-Based Navigation Best Practice Guide for ANSPs.
The document provides practical guidance on performance-based navigation (PBN) as it applies primarily to the terminal and approach environments. It highlights the need for a clear and concise set of design requirements, and focuses on the areas …
Recommended Key Performance Indicators for Measuring ANSP Operational Performance
CANSO has published its Recommended Key Performance Indicators for Measuring ANSP Operational Performance.
It identifies twenty one KPIs spanning all phases of flights with particular importance placed on the KPIs for efficient use of capacity and efficient flight trajectories. The KPIs will improve the alignment of air traffic management (ATM) …
Best Practice Guide to Crossing Flight Information Region Boundaries
CANSO has published the Best Practice Guide to Crossing Flight Information Region Boundaries. The Guide addresses two of the main impediments to the safe and efficient crossing of Flight Information Region (FIR) boundaries: inconsistencies in filing flight plans; and problems in transitioning between surveillance and non-surveillance airspaces.
The Guide …
CANSO Europe Strategy for the Future of Safety in ATM
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CANSO Guide to Customer Relationship Management
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CANSO Framework for ANSP Management Systems
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Bangkok-Singapore CDM Journal
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Guide to Separation of Service Provision & Regulation
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Airspace Sovereignty: A CANSO Perspective
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ANSP Considerations for RPAS Operations
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Measuring Operational Environmental Performance
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