History of Air Navigation Plans (ANP)

 

Air navigation plans set forth in detail the facilities, services and procedures required for international air navigation within a specified area. Such plans contain recommendations that governments can follow in programming the provision of their air navigation facilities and services, with the assurance that facilities and services furnished in accordance with the plan will form with those of other States an integrated system adequate for the foreseeable future.
 
Regional Air Navigation Plans (ANPs) set forth in detail the facilities, services and procedures required for international air navigation within a specified geographical area.
 
The development of these regional plans is undertaken by ICAO’s six planning and implementation regional groups (PIRGs) in coordination with States and supported by ICAO’s Regional Offices and the Air Navigation Bureau.
 
PIRG
ANP DOCUMENT
Asia Pacific Region (DOC 9673)
Africa-Indian Ocean Region (DOC 7474)
European Region (DOC 7754)
Caribbean and South American Regions (Doc 8733)
Middle East Regional Group (Doc 9708)
North Atlantic Region (Doc 9634/9635)
 
Improvements to the ANP and process
In February 1997, the Council decided that the ANPs should be published in two volumes, a basic ANP as volume I and facilities and services implementation document (FASID) as volume II.
 
The first volume of this document, the Basic ANP, contains general planning criteria, implementation guidelines and stable plan elements. The second volume, the FASID, sets forth in general terms the facilities, services and procedures required for international air navigation within a specified area.
 
The intent was to simplify amendment process to ensure currency of information. Amendments to Basic ANP, the stable document, require a time-consuming approval process by the governing bodies whereas the FASID requires frequent updates through coordination within the Secretariat. Should an amendment to either volume of the ANP be contentious, the issue would be brought to the attention of the ANC Council as appropriate.
 
Effective July 2011, the amendment process was automated to reduce the time used by ICAO headquarters and regional offices to process and approve the proposals for amendments to Air Navigation Plans (Basic and FASID).
 
On-going improvements: electronic ANP (eANP)
But despite all these improvements, the challenge remained to keep the paper-based Regional ANPs updated. To reduce time to process the ANPs, duplication, and rework, it is necessary to transition the paper based ANPs to an online format. To address this issue, work continues after November 2012 through a Secretariat  eANP working group to develop a model for an online eANP version of the Regional ANPs.
 
It is recognized that the regional ANPs represented the bridge between, from one side, the global provisions in the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP), and from the other side, the States’ National Plans and real implementation.
 
According to AN-Conf/12 Recommendation 6/1 “Regional performance framework-planning methodologies and tools” the regional air navigation plans should be aligned with the Fourth Edition of the Global Air Navigation Plan by May 2014 including elements related to the monitoring of the status of implementation related to the ASBU modules.
 
eANP Today
The Air Navigation Bureau and Regional Offices through eANP Working Group continue to develop an eANP model  which is expected to be finalized ,in May  2013. The features planned include:
·         View, sort, export, or print data by technical area, State, Region, or 4-letter code.
·         Edit (or request changes to) data as permission allows.
·         Create customized email updates and notifications when data or pages of interest change.
·         Visualize data on interactive Geographical Information System (GIS) maps.
 
Benefits of an eANP
·         Centralized and secure hosting with change logs of approved global aviation planning data.
·         Coordination of synchronized plans amongst Member States, Regions, and ICAO Headquarters
·         Changes to data, such as Location Indicator characteristics, are carried throughout the ANP.
·         Validate latitude and longitude of runways, aerodromes, etc. on interactive GIS maps.
·         Online eANP guarantees access worldwide, with personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.
 
Looking Ahead (2013 and beyond)
ICAO is progressing towards development of Regional e-ANPs in three volumes for all the regions and will include stable elements whose amendment necessitated approval by the Council, dynamic elements whose amendment do not necessitate approval by the Council and flexible elements whose amendment do not need approval by the Council and these elements are related to the implementation of certain air navigation systems based mainly on Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) modules endorsed at regional or sub-regional level.
 
For more Information
To contact the eANP team for additional information , email: sast@icao.int.