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--- or indeed any --- operational benefit, including interoperability
with adjacent systems."
Cowles adds: "At the most basic level, it was hoped that the plan
would deliver standardised procedures, separations and route
designations regardless of airspace boundaries. The perception at
the moment is that, despite adoption of the plan and large levels of
expenditure, this is not happening."
There are significant variations across the region in terms of
states' and ANSPs' capabilities, which is inhibiting progress towards
seamless skies, according to the Civil Air Navigation Services Or-
ganisation (CANSO). "In general, the progress of ATM improvements
for each state/ANSP in the region varies considerably given the size
and diversity of the Asia-Pacific region," says CANSO.
The whole process is extremely complex, with many di erent
stakeholders involved and complicated further by the fact that
ATM has to serve a wide variety of users without any interruption to
service, says Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association
of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Di erent regions and states within
the Asia-Pacific region are approaching the task in di erent ways.
"Whilst some states are already using the latest technologies, the
challenge is how to mobilise collectively to achieve the necessary
coordination within the region and globally," he says.
States and ANSPs in the region need to address the issue now,
CANSO believes. "Some states and ANSPs need to focus more on
the implementation aspects of the ICAO Seamless ATM Plan by
investing more resources and expertise in national and regional
ATM priorities, while others need to collaborate more closely with
neighbours and stakeholders on projects that cut across airspace
boundaries to make seamless sky a reality," CANSO suggests.
IATA agrees that more regional collaboration is vital for success.
What is needed for progress to be made is more "joined up inter-re-
gional thinking, planning and action" IATA's Cowles suggests, with
states in the region no longer able to think and plan within their own
borders. This might be easier said than done, however, with Cowles
noting: "Whilst there are a few examples of inter-regional coopera-
tion, this is proving to be a real challenge for the region as a whole."
AAPA's Herdman stresses the importance of collaboration at all
levels: "In the Asia-Pacific region progress necessitates multi-lateral
collaboration amongst groups of states, with the aim of achieving
improved coordination and streamlined flow control on the major air
routes covering the region. In the US or Europe, this typically takes the
form of centrally coordinated flow control mechanisms. The challenge
in the Asia-Pacific region is how to achieve similar e iciency improve-
ments for flow control with distributed decision making [or ATFM]."
Some ANSPs in the region are showing what can be achieved
through partnership, CANSO director general Je Poole told delegates
at the CANSO Asia-Pacific Conference, which took place in Vietnam
earlier this year. "Many ANSPs are already demonstrating the potential
and value that innovation and close partnerships can bring," he says.
Poole highlights ATM research being conducted by institutes in the
region, including Japan's Electronic Navigation Research Institute and
Singapore's Air Tra ic Management Research Institute. World leading
collaborative ATM projects have been undertaken in the region, says
Poole, pointing to the Multi-Nodal ATFM Project involving Australia,
Hong Kong in China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines,
Singapore and Thailand, with the support of CANSO and IATA, which
is helping to e ectively manage regional demand and capacity, as
well as regional automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B)
data sharing and en route PBN harmonisation initiatives.
" These are just a few, but excellent examples of how the region
can and is already working towards an adaptable and more cohe-
sive ATM network," he says. But more such collaboration is needed.
In particular, progress towards PBN in the region has been slow.
"Unfortunately for PBN, the implementation is still lagging behind in
the region, pushing away the expected benefits in terms of capacity,
accessibility, safety and environment," Arun Mishra, regional director,
ONESKY CONTRACT SIGNING BY YEAR END?
Australian air navigation service provider Airservices Australia is
confident it will sign the contract for its delayed OneSky civil-military
air traffic management system (CMATS) before the end of this
year. Airservices Australia, in conjunction with project partner, the
Australian Department of Defence, first named Thales Australia as the
successful contractor for the OneSky project in February 2015. It has
been negotiating with the company ever since regarding the highly
complex project that will see the first implementation of a CMATS
anywhere in the world.
Airservices says it is at an "advanced stage of negotiations" with
Thales and is striving to ensure "we reach a negotiated outcome
that represents value for money"
. In the meantime, the ANSP says
it has continued to progress advance work orders that are reducing
programme delivery risk and will mean OneSky benefits can be
OneSky will replace Australia's ageing civil and military ATM systems,
the Australian Air Tra ic System and the Australian Defence Air Tra ic
System with a combined civil-military system in a world first.
Initial operational capability was originally targeted for 2018, with
full operational capability (FOC) in 2020/21, but FOC has now slipped
Problems associated with the programme recently resulted in it being
added to the Department of Defence's Projects of Concern list. " This
is a highly complex, inter-departmental project of national significance
that has experienced some substantial challenges getting into contract.
The challenges revolve around issues with ensuring value for money for
the taxpayer," Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne
says. The Projects of Concern process is designed to remediate troubled
OneSky was the subject of two investigations by the Australian
National Audit O ice over concerns surrounding procurement, delays
and cost issues.
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