Strategic Objective A – Safety – Air Traffic Management: Airspace


Safety Management

Runway and Aerodrome Safety

Operational and On-board Safety

Accident Investigation

Safety Audits

Monitoring and Assistance Review Board


Regional Safety Coordination

Technical Cooperation and Assistance Projects

Other Safety Initiatives

Air Navigation Capacity and Efficiency

Performance-based Navigation

Air Traffic Management: Airspace


Aviation Frequency Spectrum

Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation

Emergency Response



Air Traffic Management (ATM): Airspace


Conference on the Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation


In May, McGill University, together with ICAO and the International Association for Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), held the Manfred Lachs Conference on the Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation (REMAT). The conference assessed the current situation and future plans for aerospace transportation and examined the regulatory challenges to operation of aerospace vehicles. The conference also debated viable policy and regulatory steps (mechanisms) that may be considered by States and other stakeholders to facilitate aerospace transportation and to ensure the safety of global aviation.


A number of key issues were raised and, in particular, the need for a greater understanding and knowledge of the issue of aerospace operations was identified as a critical first step prior to development of guidance material to support a regulatory framework for the operation of aerospace vehicles. Subsequent to the conference, the ICAO Council was informed of tentative plans to hold a joint symposium organized by ICAO and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) during 2015.


Advanced ATM Techniques Symposium


In November, the Advanced ATM Techniques Symposium was held to advance the understanding of how, using today’s technology and skills, operational benefits can be obtained that would result in reduced emissions. The symposium focused on air traffic flow management (ATFM), collaborative decision making (CDM), including airport CDM (A-CDM), and continuous descent and climb operations (CDO/CCO).


The event was jointly organized by ICAO, CANSO, IATA, EUROCONTROL and the FAA, and gave remarkable insight on how cooperation between organizations can pave the way for enhanced implementation.


The symposium, designed as a learning activity, combined training and real-life implementation scenarios given by air traffic services (ATS) providers from some 14 different States from five continents. It provided the participants with both basic and advanced operational knowledge on how to implement and use those techniques.

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