Celebrating the ICAO Air Navigation Commission's 75th anniversary

On 13 February 2024, a reception hosted by Canada launched ICAO’s celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the organization’s eminent technical body, the Air Navigation Commission (ANC).

Established on 1 February 1949, the Commission is composed of nineteen members who have “suitable qualifications and experience in the science and practice of aeronautics”, as outlined in the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). It considers and recommends Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) for adoption or approval by the ICAO Council, in technical consultation with aviation operators and industry, labour groups, and other non-governmental organizations. 

Although ANC Commissioners are nominated by specific ICAO Member States, and appointed by the Council, they do not represent the interest of any particular State or Region. Rather they act independently and utilize their expertise in the interest of the entire international civil aviation community.

“The Commission has benefitted from 287 brilliant and diverse technical minds since its inception, clearly portraying the depth of experience necessary in advancing aviation,” declared ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano (pictured left). “In an era marked by rapid technological advancements and evolving operational challenges, the Commission has remained steadfast in its pursuit of innovation and excellence, continuously adapting to meet the needs of the aviation industry, while upholding the principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility.”
On behalf of ICAO’s host country, Ms. Annick Goulet, the Representative of Canada on the ICAO Council (pictured right) remarked that “the ANC is not just an expert body; it is the quiet force of this Organization. It is the very strength that unites us in our shared commitment to navigate the complexities of the ever-evolving aviation world.”

“We have overcome numerous challenges and embraced transformative technologies to enhance the safety, efficiency, capacity and sustainability of global civil aviation,” highlighted the President of the ANC, Mr. Junrong Liang (pictured centre left). “Looking ahead, the ANC faces new opportunities and challenges in an ever-evolving aviation landscape. Rapid technological advancements, emerging operational concepts, new entrants, and evolving regulatory frameworks require our collective attention and collaboration.”

The celebrations were attended by ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar (pictured centre right) and many representatives of ICAO Member States, staff, and the local and international aviation and diplomatic communities. 

Coinciding with the year long celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the Chicago Convention and ICAO, several further activities to promote the ANC’s past and future are foreseen to take place throughout 2024. 

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