CANSO, ICAO Champion ASBU Implementation In Africa

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CANSO is helping to improve ATM performance by strengthening its partnerships with aviation industry organisations in Africa.

CANSO recently held a joint Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) workshop with ICAO in Entebbe, Uganda, to pave the way for key advances in the region.

The Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) concept advances the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) (Doc 9750) goal of implementing regional aviation performance improvements.

The concept focuses on four performance improvement areas: airport operations; global interoperable systems and data; optimum capacity and flexible flights; and efficient flight paths.

The ASBUs outline air and ground equipment and timelines for standards and procedures implementation, and help to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of air transport.

The implementation of ASBUs, along with initiatives like air traffic flow management (ATFM), collaborative decision-making (CDM) performance based navigation (PBN), safety management systems (SMS) and runway safety, are key priorities for ANSPs in Africa.

In line with ICAO recommendations, CANSO is committed to advancing ASBU implementation by addressing regional challenges and finding workable solutions.

To address this, CANSO organised an ASBU workshop with ICAO recently. It was attended by 109 participants from nine ANSPs and eight international organisations, and explored the status of ASBU implementation and the challenges of implementation.

It provided ANSPs with an improved understanding of the ASBU framework components, assisted them in completing the Air Navigation Reporting Forms, and helped the CAAs and ANSPs determine the way forward for implementing and prioritising ASBUs in National Plans.

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