Progress on ICAO's Strategic Objectives — Safety — Safety Priorities

Safety Priorities


Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP)


ICAO is currently developing the 2020-2022 edition of the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP). This document houses ICAO’s safety strategy and presents safety enhancement initiatives aimed at States, regions and industry through the global aviation safety roadmap. In 2017, ICAO established the GASP Study Group, composed of experts from States, international organizations and industry, to assist in the development of the next edition of the GASP. A first draft of the 2020-2022 edition of the GASP was completed in 2017, and the final draft is expected to be completed in 2018 for discussion at the Thirteenth Air Navigation Conference


Global Runway Safety Action Plan (GRSAP)


In November, ICAO held the Second Global Runway Safety Symposium (GRSS/2) in Lima, Peru. It served as a forum to consider how to address runway safety, which will continue to be a global aviation safety priority for the foreseeable future, to continue the downward trend in the number of accidents and fatalities, and to be prepared for the doubling of traffic in the next 15 years.


The ICAO-led collaborative Runway Safety Programme – Global Runway Safety Action Plan (GRSAP) for the future, with recommendations for implementation of runway safety improvement initiatives, was launched at GRSS/2. The plan can be downloaded from ICAO’s public website at: Global Runway Safety Action Plan.


The GRSAP will guide the integrated activities of States, airports, airlines, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and manufacturers in the implementation of runway safety improvement and risk reduction measures, with an overall objective of reducing runway-safety-related accident fatalities and costs.


Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS)


Since the adoption of provisions in Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft, Part I — International Commercial Air Transport — Aeroplanes, regarding aircraft tracking, distress tracking and flight recorder data recovery, the focus of the work on the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) has been on the development of guidance material to ensure a successful global implementation. The circular on Aircraft Tracking Implementation Guidelines (Cir 347) was scheduled for publication in late 2017, and significant progress was made on the completion of the Manual on Location of Aircraft in Distress and Flight Recorder Data Recovery (Doc 10054), which is planned for completion in early 2018. In line with the final report of the Normal Aircraft Tracking Implementation Initiative (NATII), work is also continuing on implementing a solution for providing operational contact information for operators and ANSPs to facilitate contact between these stakeholders in the event of a missed position report or distress event.

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