The Nineteenth Meeting of the Asia/Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG/19) was held in Bangkok from 1 to 5 September 2008 at the ICAO Regional Office. The meeting was attended by 113 participants from 25 Member States and 5 International Organizations (CANSO, IATA, IFALPA, IFATCA and IBAC).
APANPIRG/19 adopted 48 Conclusions and 9 Decisions. The meeting report is available on the regional office web site: www.bangkok.icao.int under the menu item “APANPIRG and subgroups” (the username and password have been provided to all civil aviation administrations in the region).
The key technical, economical and operational outcomes of APANPIRG/19 are shown below:
[Link to the presentations at the Meeting]
- Agreed that States use the global plans (GASP and GANP) as the basis for its efficiency and safety regional work programme thus ensuring harmonization and coordination of efforts.
- Noted ICAO’s initiative and recognized the need for States to establish a work programme for transition from AIS to AIM in 2009.
- Noted Australia, New Zealand and USA’s initiative to increase efficiency and reduce emissions through operational improvements in the region.
- Adopted a Regional Performance Framework on the basis of ICAO guidance material and aligned with GANP and Global ATM operational concept.
- States invited to adopt a national performance framework on the basis of ICAO guidance material and aligned with the regional performance objectives, the regional air navigation plan and the Global ATM Operational Concept.
- Recognizing the significant benefits expected from the implementation of 30 NM longitudinal separations based on RNP 4, operators of Pacific fleets urged to equip avionics with RNP 4 for oceanic airspace operations and obtain approval from States of Registry/Operators by 2012.
- To facilitate States implementation of ADS-B Out Surveillance Service, a set of guidance materials and guidelines have been developed.
- A sample Agreement for ADS-B Data Sharing and the cost apportionment framework was adopted as regional guidance material.
- China RMA approved as an APANPIRG Asia/Pacific RVSM Regional Monitoring Agency with responsibility for all sovereign RVSM airspaces in China.
- The ASIA/PAC PBN Implementation Plan adopted and published as an interim edition, based on which States were urged to developed their national PBN implementation plan and provide feedback to the ICAO Regional Office.
- ICAO to develop the concept of a Flight Procedure Design Office taking into account proposals submitted by the States with emphasis on the role, responsibility and financial mechanisms.
- ICAO to expedite development and publication of separation standards for use in implementation of the PBN RNAV 5, RNAV 2, RNAV 1 and Basic-RNP 1 navigation specifications.
- States with DME coverage extending beyond their FIRs were requested to consider allowing neighboring States to develop PBN procedures utilizing these DMEs.
- Adopted the revised Regional Surveillance Strategy for the Asia/Pacific Region.
- ICAO to review the non-suitability of 30-hour TAF for HF VOLMET broadcasts and provide guidance to the States concerned, taking into consideration the user requirements expressed by IATA and IFALPA, before the implementation date of the new TAF provisions.
- ICAO to establish and maintain a simple and cost- effective common methodology to assess and document environmental benefits to airspace and CNS/ATM planning initiatives.