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Thursday, 29 June 2023

ICAO Air Navigation Commission Concludes 3-Day Visit to Singapore

(29/06/23)  The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) hosted the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Navigation Commission (ANC) to a three-day familiarisation visit to Singapore earlier this week.

Fifteen ANC members, including its President, Padhraic Kelleher, participated in the familiarisation visit from 26 to 28 June 2023, which is part of the ICAO ANC’s programme to familiarise members with developments in civil aviation in ICAO member states.

The ANC comprises commissioners who are qualified and experienced in the science and practice of aeronautics, and are appointed by the ICAO Council, the governing body of ICAO.

The ANC plays an important role in advancing the safety and efficiency of civil aviation and serves as an independent advisory body of the ICAO Council on all air navigation technical matters, utilising its expertise in the interest of the international civil aviation community.

Singapore hosted the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) from 26-28 June 2023. Click to enlarge.
Singapore hosted the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) from 26-28 June 2023

Its roles include managing ICAO’s technical work programmes relating to safety and air navigation services (ANS), and recommending Standards and Recommended Practices for adoption by all ICAO member states.

Representatives from Singapore have been a commissioner in the ANC since 2006, including serving as its President in 2010 and 2011.

During the visit to Singapore, CAAS briefed the ANC on Singapore’s plans to rebuild the Singapore air hub post-COVID, raise safety standards and transform the provision of ANS.

In particular, CAAS shared with the ANC its multi-pronged efforts to transform the provision of ANS, which will significantly enhance safety, efficiency, capacity and sustainability, including:

a) development of next generation ANS systems, to be operational around the end of this decade;

b) research and development (R&D) into advanced concepts and technological enablers;

c) collaborating with key partners on new air traffic management (ATM) concepts like trajectory-based operations which Singapore recently trialled with Japan, Thailand and the United States using a Boeing 787-10 ecoDemonstrator Explorer; and

d) working with ICAO to raise ATM standards and capabilities in the region and the world.

CAAS also hosted the ANC to technical visits to the Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre (SATCC) which showcases Singapore current ANS capabilities and the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), one of the research institutes funded by CAAS to build future ANS capabilities.

“Singapore is honoured to host the President and members of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission,” said Han Kok Juan, Director-General of the CAAS. “It provides an opportunity for us to engage the ANC on what we do in Singapore and how we serve the Asia-Pacific region and our plans to meet future demand which is set to grow exponentially. There is alignment of objectives and priorities; we will continue to work closely with the ANC to set and maintain standards and ensure that air travel remains safe, efficient and sustainable for all airspace users as volume grows.”

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