The Council of ICAO established the North Atlantic Systems Planning Group (NAT SPG) in 1965. The North Atlantic Systems Planning Group (NAT SPG) was the first regional planning group established by the Council of ICAO. From its Terms of Reference, the NAT SPG continuously studies, monitors and evaluates Air Navigation systems in light of changing traffic characteristics, technological advances and updated traffic forecasts.
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Since its inception, ICAO has long recognized the valuable contribution of the Group, which has been at the forefront of the advancement of civil aviation matters. Today, Ms. Hlin Holm, the Head of Air Navigation Services Section of the Icelandic Transport Authority, (ICETRA), Civil Aviation Authority for Iceland, was elected by the NAT SPG/55 as its Chairperson.
Ms. Holm is the first female Chairperson of any of the ICAO Planning and Implementation Regional Groups. Ms. Holm will succeed Mr. Ásgeir Palsson who is stepping down after 20 years of valuable leadership to the group.Ms. Holm has represented Iceland in the NAT SPG since 2007 and has been the representative for Iceland in the NAT SOG since its establishment in 2009, serving as vice chair for the NAT SOG from 2013-2015. Hlín has taken active part in the NAT SPG safety work and is currently leading a project team tasked to address the requirements for a NAT Safety Plan.