States in the APAC Region are encouraged to implement communication technologies to improve air navigation system capacity & efficiency, in line with the ICAO GANP framework. Some remarkable achievements have been made in the following CNS areas:
Common Aeronautical Virtual Private Network – CRV
CRV is a cross-border and dedicated communication network to deal with the requirements of Air Traffic Service, Aeronautical Information Management and Meteorological Information Distribution in a timely manner. Eighteen CRV Pioneer States/Administrations and the ICAO Technical Cooperation Bureau (TCB) jointly selected PCCW as a common service provider in 2017. Hong Kong, China and the Philippines have started using CRV for ATS voice communication. Australia, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand and USA will complete connection by the end of 2018. Other APAC States are expected to join the CRV soon and States in the MID Region are also considering joining the CRV to achieve inter-regional connection. CRV OG/6 will take place from 8 to 10 May 2019 at the Regional Office in Bangkok.
System-wide Information Management (SWIM)
Implementation of SWIM is designed to address the challenge of creating an “interoperability environment” which allows the SWIM systems to handle the full complexity of operational information exchanges. The APAC SWIM Task Force maintains close cooperation with IMP and MID and EUR/NAT Region Offices, and benchmarks the best practices in the world to promote regional SWIM implementation. SWIM TF has developed action items covering Regional Roadmap, Governance, Registry and Architecture, Information Models, Education, etc. and will facilitate conducting the SWIM Demonstration at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2019, which is considered as a test-bed for providing feedback to the APAC SWIM Regional Roadmap. The next SWIM TF/3 will take place from 6 to 10 May 2019 at the Regional Office in Bangkok.
ATS Inter-facility Data Communications – AIDC
As an effective tool to foster better collaborative air traffic management between concerned ATSUs, AIDC is identified as one of the ten APAC regional priorities. With the development of the regional Implementation Guidance, updating the Air Navigation Plan – APAC Specific AIDC Implementation Table, as well as identification and resolution of relevant issues, most ATSUs in the APAC Region have implemented AIDC and benefitted by reducing the workload of air traffic controllers and improving Air Navigation efficiency. The next APA TF/5 will take place from 23 to 25 April 2019 at the Regional Office in Bangkok.