Safety Survey Reinforces CANSOs Priorities

CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, has published the results of its Safety Survey completed by delegates at the ICAO Global Runway Safety Symposium in Montreal last week.
The results confirm that the issues being addressed by the CANSO Safety Programme are top priorities for the industry.

Key findings:
  • Top Operational Safety Issues:
    • Runway Safety (Excursions, Incursions and Runway Deviations)
    • New Technologies (Financial Constraints, Dependency, Availability and Integration)
    • Communication (Phraseology, Miscommunication and Language)
  • Strong support for a Global Safety Programme with the flexibility to focus on regional issues
  • The importance of data sharing, although there can be political, legal and cultural constraints
  • 25% of respondents consider the harmonisation of the Safety Management System (SMS) an essential first step
  • 40% of respondents believe that sharing lessons learnt is essential in order to achieve SMS harmonisation
  • Top Political/Governmental Challenges:
    • Regulatory, legal and cultural pressures
    • Funding
    • Harmonisation and collaboration
    • Data protection and sharing
    • Environmental impact
    • Infrastructure

CANSO Director General Graham Lake commented, It is reassuring that the survey has confirmed that the CANSO Safety Programme is addressing the issues that are considered to be a top priority for the industry. Mr Lake continued, Our paper on Unstable Approaches which directly relates to Runway Safety was very well received at the GRSS conference last week. This is a good demonstration of the industry leading role that CANSO is taking to address the key safety issues.

The full results of the survey will be available for CANSO Members attending their CANSO ATM Summit in Bangkok later this month. This will coincide with the next meeting of the CANSO Safety Programme, which is comprised of ATM safety professionals from across the world who tackle the top priority safety issues impacting the industry.

Download the CANSO Safety Programme's educational booklet Unstable Approaches ATC Considerations (1.77 MB)
Download the press release (885 KB).

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