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The Thirty-first Meeting of the Asia/Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG/31)
The Thirty-first Meeting of APANPIRG was held virtually from 14 to 16 December 2020. The meeting was attended by 193 participants from 23 Member States, two Special Administrative Regions of China and eight International Organizations (AAPA, ACI, CANSO, IATA, ICAO, IFALPA, IFATCA and IFATSEA). The Meeting was chaired by Mr. Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAA Singapore. LOON LLC contributed as sponsor to the APANPIRG/31 Meeting.
The meeting reviewed, with great interest, the status of the progress achieved by States related to Beijing Declaration Commitments in the field of Air Navigation Services for the APAC Region, using data from January to December 2020. There was much appreciation for the work performed and achievements made by APANPIRG’s sub-groups during 2020 despite the many difficulties encountered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting endorsed new deficiencies identified in ATM and Airspace Safety, and AOP fields, and closed deficiencies that had been rectified by States in ATM and Airspace Safety, AOP, CNS and MET fields. Cognizant of the health concerns and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting agreed to postpone the trial combined APANPIRG-RASG-APAC meeting to 2022 or later. The APANPIRG/31 adopted 17 Conclusions and three Decisions on Six Agenda Items. The full report of the APANPIRG/31 meeting can be accessed here.
APANPIRG/31 expressed appreciation to the following individuals from the ICAO Asia/Pacific Regional Office – Mr. Arun Mishra, Regional Director; Mr. Leonard C. Wicks, RO/ATM; Mr. Erdenebaatar Davaasuren, Associate RO/AIM; and Mr. Steven Ka Ho Pang, RO/AGA – for their exemplary service to APANPIRG and contributions to the Asia Pacific region over the years.
The ICAO Regional Accident Investigation Workshop (Asia and Pacific Regions) and Eighth Meeting of the Asia Pacific Accident Investigation Group (APAC-AIG/8)
The ICAO Regional Accident Investigation Workshop (Asia and Pacific Regions) and Eighth Meeting of the Asia Pacific Accident Investigation Group (APAC-AIG/8) were held on 20-21 October 2020 virtually. The Workshop/Meeting was attended by 138 participants from 27 APAC States/Administrations that included Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong China, Macao China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States, and 5 International Organizations, i.e. Airbus, Boeing, IATA, ICAO and IFALPA. The Meeting shared the practices and experiences in employing a risk-based analysis approach to the classification of serious incidents using a simplified version of the Aviation Risk Management Solution (ARMS) event risk classification (ERC) matrix amongst APAC States/Administrations.
The Fifth Meeting of the Surveillance Implementation Coordination Group
SURICG/5 was held from 22 to 24 September 2020 via video conferencing. The Meeting was attended by 120 participants from 20 States/Administrations, five International Organizations and one service provider from the industry. This included Australia, China, Hong Kong-China, Macao China, DPR Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, Viet Nam, CANSO, EUROCAE, IATA, IFATCA, ICCAIA (AIREON) and PCCW Global.
The meeting discussed the implementation of various surveillance technologies in APAC region with highlights on the Space-based ADS-B, concept on regional surveillance data-sharing platform, regional Mode S avionics mandate, II/SI Mixed Operation, ADS-B Position Verification, additional System Area Codes (SAC) for surveillance systems, ICAO aircraft address management and monitoring, runway incursion prevention system, revision of the ADS-B Implementation and Operations Guidance Document (AIGD) and the Mode S DAPs Implementation and Operations Guidance Document.
Noting that most of the tasks outlined in the TOR have been achieved and the completion of the residual part of action items will be performed by SURICG, the APAC SEA/BOB ADS-B WG was dissolved during this meeting.
As invited by the meeting, EUROCAE presented to the meeting on the role, function, process, and available resources of this worldwide recognized industry standards-development organization for aviation, SURICG members were encouraged to make use of the online resources to benefit from the open consultation process in the standards development.