ON 14 AUGUST 2014, MR. AKIHIKO TAMURA, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE CIVIL AVIATION BUREAU JAPAN (JCAB), ACCOMPANYING MS. SANAE MIZUTA, SENIOR AIR TALK OFFICER, JCAB AND MR. KENJI HAMAMOTO, FIRST SECRETARY, THE EMBASSY OF JAPAN IN THAILAND PAID A COURTESY CALL TO THE APAC REGIONAL DIRECTOR.
  
On 14 August 2014, Mr. Akihiko Tamura, Director General of the Civil Aviation Bureau Japan (JCAB), accompanying Ms. Sanae Mizuta, Senior Air Talk Officer, JCAB and Mr. Kenji Hamamoto, First Secretary, The Embassy of Japan in Thailand paid a Courtesy Call to the APAC Regional Director.  Mr. Tamura ensured to strengthen supports from Japan to the ICAO activities and commitments. Mr. Mishra appreciated the visit and responded looking forward to close coordination and assistance in enhancing the safety and security of Civil Aviation in the Asia Pacific Region.  

 
THE APAC REGIONAL OFFICE HELD A SPECIAL MEETING WITH THE KINGDOM OF TONGA IN BANGKOK, THAILAND ON 10 AUGUST 2014.

The APAC Regional Office held a Special Meeting with the Kingdom of Tonga in Bangkok, Thailand on 10 August 2014.  Lord Tu’ivakano, Honourable Prime Minister of Tonga along with Mr. ‘Aisake Eke, Honourable Minister of Finance, Mr. ‘Akau’ola, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister and other senior government officials attended the meeting. ICAO provided presentations at the meeting on States obligation and responsibilities as Signatory to the Chicago Convention, USAOP CMA activities and States Safety Oversight.  Mr Roy Barnett, General Manager of Pacific Aviation Safety Organization (PASO) also attended and reported the activities and future plan of PASO.

 

  
ASIA-PACIFIC AERONAUTICAL NETWORK BY ASIA-PACIFIC ICAO MEMBERS

CRV (Common Regional Virtual Private Network) is planned for end 2016 and will be a wholly dependable and reliable communications infrastructure for aeronautical communications in Asia Pacific region as well as other ICAO regions, facilitating the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP 4th Edition) B0-FICE, B0-NOPS, VoIP and B1-SWIM modules. The APANPIRG CNS/SG supports CRV for the Asia Pacific Region.  The Request For Information (RFI) on CRV is available at http://www.icao.int/APAC/Pages/apac-projects.aspx.  Responses from interested Telecommunication Service Providers are expected before 03 November 2014.

GLOBAL AVIATION COOPERATION SYMPOSIUM (GACS); 30 SEPT – 3 OCT 2014
Focused around the theme of “Building Cooperation for the Future of Civil Aviation: Innovation, Growth, and Technical Co-operation”, ICAO’s first-ever GLOBAL AVIATION COOPERATION SYMPOSIUM (GACS) to be held from 30 SEPT – 3 OCT 2014 AT ICAO HQ, will provide a platform for discussions on key issues of current concern, the exchange of important information and views on latest trends and innovations, as well as the sharing of best practices supporting a safe and efficient future for global air transport. This event will provide governments, airport operators, air navigation service providers, and other industry stakeholders, with a unique opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge of ICAO's guidance as well as the role and resources of its Technical Co-operation Programme. More information http://www.icao.int/meetings/GACS/Pages/default.aspx
 
VENUE AND DATES OF THE 2nd MEETING OF THE ATM SUB GROUP OF APANPIRG

 

 Due to the situation in Thailand the Second Meeting of the Air Traffic Management Sub-group (ATM/SG/2) of APANPIRG will be held at Hong Kong, China from 04 to 08 August 2014.  A State Letter advising the details, including the Meeting Bulletin, has been circulated electronically and posted on the Meetings page  
 
THE VENUE AND DATES OF THE 18TH MEETING OF THE CNS SUB GROUP OF APANPIRG

Due to the situation in Thailand the Eighteenth Meeting of the Communications/Navigation and Surveillance Sub-group (CNS SG/18) of APANPIRG will be held at the APAC Regional Sub Office, Beijing, China from 21 to 25 July 2014.  A State Letter advising the details, including revised Meeting Bulletin, has been circulated electronically and posted on the meeting page. ue to the situation in Thailand the Eighteenth Meeting of the Communications/Navigation and Surveillance Sub-group (CNS SG/18) of APANPIRG will be held at the APAC Regional Sub Office, Beijing, China from 21 to 25 July 2014.  A State Letter advising the details, including revised Meeting Bulletin, has been circulated electronically and posted on the meeting page.
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THE  VENUE AND DATES OF THE 18TH MEETING OF THE MET SUB GROUP OF APANPIRG
  


Due to the situation in Thailand the Eighteenth Meeting of the Meteorology Sub-group (MET SG/18) of APANPIRG will be held at the APAC Regional Sub Office, Beijing, China from 18 to 21 August 2014.  A State Letter advising the details, including revised Meeting Bulletin, has been circulated electronicallyand posted on the meeting page. Click here 

 The eting of the ICAO Asia/Pacific Region AIS – AIM Implementation Task Force (AAITF/9) will be held in Pattaya, Thailand, from 24 to 27 June 2014.

ICAO Regional Office has received a number of queries regarding the location and scheduling of the AAITF/9 meeting.  The curfew previously imposed by the military government has been lifted at a number of locations in Thailand, including Pattaya.  While some participants may no longer be authorized by their administrations to travel to Thailand, any relocation or rescheduling of the meeting at short notice would cause significant inconvenience that have already made their travel arrangements.  AAITF/9 will therefore be conducted as scheduled, from 24 to 27 June 2014, in Pattaya, Thailand.

 

  

The ICAO Asia-Pacific Flight Procedure Programme (FPP) will conduct an FPP PBN Procedure Design Course on 6 - 23 May 2014.
 
The ICAO Asia-Pacific Flight Procedure Programme (FPP) will conduct an FPP PBN Procedure Design Course on 6 -23 May 2014. The course will be conducted at the ICAO APAC Regional Sub-Office (RSO) located near Terminal 3 of Beijing International Airport, Beijing, China. More information click here

 

POSTPONEMENT OF THE UNIVERSAL SAFETY OVERSIGHT AND AUDIT PROGRAMME (USOAP) CONTINUOUS MONITORING APPROACH (CMA) REGIONAL WORKSHOP FOR APAC REGION (FEBRUARY 26 - 28 2014)

 
Due to the ongoing political unrest in Bangkok, the Universal Safety Oversight and Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA) Regional Workshop for APAC Region scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 26 to 28 February 2014 has been postponed indefinitely.  The States will be notified of the dates and the venue for the rescheduled workshop at the earliest opportunity.
 
THE VENUE AND DATE OF FOURTH MEETING OF THE SOUTH ASIA/INDIAN OCEAN ATM COORDINATION GROUP (SAIOACG/4) AND TWENTY-FIRST MEETING OF THE SOUTH – EAST ASIA ATS COORDINATION GROUP (SEACG/21) HAVE BEEN CHANGED
 
Due to the ongoing political unrest in Bangkok the  Fourth Meeting of the South Asia/Indian Ocean ATM Coordination Group (SAIOACG/4) and Twenty-First Meeting of the South East Asia ATS Coordination Group (SEACG/21) has been changed to Hong Kong, China from 24 to 28 February 2014, instead of Bangkok.  A State Letter advising the details, including revised Meeting Bulletin, has been circulated electronically and posted on the meeting page.
 
VENUE OF THE SECOND MEETING OF THE ICAO ASIA/PACIFIC SEARCH AND RESCUE TASK FORCE (APSAR/TF/2) HAS BEEN CHANGED TO SINGAPORE.
 
Due to the ongoing political unrest in Bangkok the Second Meeting of the ICAO Asia/Pacific Search and Rescue Task Force (APSAR/TF/2) will be taking place in Singapore from 27 to 30 January 2014, instead of Bangkok.  A State Letter advising the details, including revised Meeting Bulletin, will be circulated electronically.
  
SECOND MEETING OF THE ASIA PACIFIC SAFETY REPORTING AND PROGRAMME AD HOC WORKING GROUP (AP-SRP AWG/2) AND THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL AVIATION SAFETY TEAM (APRAST/4) HAVE BEEN POSTPONED.
 
Due to the ongoing political unrest in Bangkok, the Second Meeting of the Asia Pacific Safety Reporting and Programme Ad hoc Working Group (AP-SRP AWG/2) and the fourth Meeting of the Asia Pacific Regional Aviation Safety Team (APRAST/4) scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 20 January 2014 and 21 to 24 January 2014 respectively have been postponed.   No firm dates or a venue has been determined for rescheduled meetings at this stage.  However we plan to hold the meetings in the months of March or April 2014 at a suitable venue.

 

 ICAO FUEL SAVINGS ESTIMATION TOOL (IFSET)

Operational measures are one of the instruments available to States to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. The ICAO Fuel Savings Estimation Tool (IFSET) has been developed by the Secretariat with support from States and international organizations to assist the States to estimate fuel savings in a manner consistent with the models approved by CAEP and aligned with the Global Air Navigation Plan [more.]
 
REGIONAL RUNWAY SAFETY SEMINAR, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
 
The ICAO Regional Runway Safety Seminar organized jointly with DCA Malaysia, FSF and AAPA will be held at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel from 18 to 20 November 2013.  Information about the Seminar and recommended hotel is available at: http://www.icao.int/APAC/Meetings/Pages/2013-RRSS.aspx
 

PERFECTING PARTNERSHIPS AND PROGRAMMES IN THE PACIFIC

  
Consistent with ICAO’s partnership approach to capacity building, with Australia ICAO delivered the final of a series of National Programme Workshops in August 2013.  Hosted by Samoa, a review of Samoa’s National Civil Aviation Security Programmes, namely the National, Training and Quality Control Programmes, was conducted.
The partnership project commenced with a pilot workshop in Suva, Fiji in June 2012 with Nauru and Kiribati.  The workshops were founded on a suite of templates developed specifically for use in the Pacific. The templates took into account the common legislative framework, based on New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Rules, adopted by many of the Pacific island States.
Each workshop was customised for the participants depending on the national legislation and maturity of their existing national programmes.  The end result being 18 national programmes developed or reviewed to reflect the latest Annex 17 amendment, current legislation and recommendations from States’ USAP audits.
Extending the capacity building and complementing the ICAO-Australia partnership project, Australia followed up the workshops with assistance to obtain the Programmes’ endorsement – a critical implementation component of the national programmes.
 
 
“The workshop enabled Kiribati to develop its national programmes well in time before the USAP” ~ Kiribati
“For our National Programs and on behalf of this nation, may I take this opportunity to sincerely thank ICAO and Australia for the tremendous effort and assistance in putting these into existence as required under Annex 17 or else we would have to struggle to address this as findings of the USAP audit.” ~ Vanuatu
“The National Programmes Workshop that was held here in our small island State of Samoa not only helped us to complete our amendments of the NCASP, NCASTP, and our NCASQCP it allowed us to fully understand and to really know what exactly the Standards and Recommendations contained within Annex 17 and Annex 9 really requires. We managed to get from the workshop not just answers to our many questions it also pointed us directly to how and where we could get more assistance.” ~ Samoa

 

The States participating in the project included:
•  Cook Islands
•  Kiribati
•  Nauru
•  Samoa
•  Solomon Islands
•  Vanuatu

For more information about the ICAO-Australia National Programmes Project please contact Aviation Security Regional Officer Ms Stacey Peel:
speel@icao.int

MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY CORONAVIRUS (MERS-CoV) -
  update

 

 -     “Measures at borders and for conveyances”
As of 1 August 2013, the total number of laboratory confirmed cases is 94, including 46 deaths.  The numbers continue to slowly increase.    WHO does not recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions or entry screening.

  

WHO encourages countries to raise awareness of this travel advice to reduce the risk of MERS-CoV infection among pilgrims and those associated with their travel, including transport operators and ground staff, and about self-reporting of illness by travellers.
As required by the IHR, countries should ensure that routine measures are in place for assessing ill travellers detected on board conveyances (such as planes and ships) and at points of entry, as well as measures for safe transportation of symptomatic travellers to hospitals or designated facilities for clinical assessment and treatment.

 
If a sick traveller is on board a plane, a passenger locator form at http://www.who.int/ihr/ports_airports/locator_card/en/index.html  can be used. This form is useful for collecting contact information for passengers, which can be used for follow-up if necessary.”

 
Further updates on MERS-CoV will be provided as necessary, on a timescale dependant on how the situation develops.
  
INAUGURAL ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL AVIATION SECURITY COORDINATION FORUM

In conjunction with the 50th Director Generals of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Conference, hosted by Thailand, the Inaugural Regional Aviation Security Coordination Forum (RASCF) was held.
The Forum was well supported with attendance by 55 participants, representing 24 Asia Pacific States/Administrations and five aviation security partners. 
Under the Chairmanship of New Zealand and Vice-Chairmanship of Sri Lanka, the RASCF outcomes and action items demonstrated the effectiveness of the RASCF as a practical platform for a cooperative, coordinated and unified approach to strengthening aviation security and facilitation regionally.
The RASCF:

 

 - Committed to utilizing the identified principles in developing the identified Partnership opportunities in order to enhance aviation security and facilitation in the APAC region.
- Agreed to establish partnerships with World Customs Organization (WCO) and customs agencies at the regional and national levels, respectively.
- Committed to provide to ICAO the information necessary for the Partnership Coordination tools to operate effectively.

 

  • Agreed to engage with agencies responsible for identification management and Facilitation operations eg Immigration, Foreign Affairs. The purpose of this engagement is to implement the Traveler Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy.
  

 

For further information please contact RASCF Secretariat/Aviation Security Regional Officer, Ms Stacey Peel

 

 
THIRD MEETING OF THE REGIONAL AVIATION SAFETY GROUP – ASIA PACIFIC  (RASG-APAC/3)

 

The Third meeting of the Regional Aviation Safety Group – Asia Pacific (RASG-APAC) was held at the ICAO APAC Office from 27 July to 28 July 2013. The meeting was attended by 100 participants from 22 States/Administrations and 8 International Organizations. RASG-APAC developed APAC Annual Safety Report and developed model Advisory Circulars on Crew Resource Management (CRM), Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) and Loss of Control (LOC) for circulation to States. The report of the RASG-APAC/3 may be found here.

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