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of the ICAO Council
The Air Navigation Commission manage the technical part of the ICAO Work Programme and acts under the authority of the ICAO Council. The ANC is therefore in charge of 17 of the 19 Annexes to the Chicago Convention, and recommend SARPs adoption or amendment that are related to these Annexes. To learn more on how SARPs and PANS are developed (what is called the standards-making process), as well as how IFATCA plays a key-role in this very important mechanism, click here.
The ANC normally meets for three sessions of nine weeks each per year to address those technical matters. Each session normally tables a large number of preliminary reviews (coming most of the time from Panels' work), final reviews (to include comments from States and International Organizations following the circulation of an ICAO State Letter) as well as Panels, PIRGs, RASGs and other reports.
and International Organizations
The Air Navigation Commission is composed of nineteen commissioners, who have qualifications and experience in various aviation domains, as described in the Chicago Convention. Even though these Commissioners are nominated by their State, they do not represent the interest of their State or any particular State or region: they act independently and utilize their expertise in the interest of the entire international civil aviation community.
Additionally to these 19 Commissioners, several other representatives from States and 8 members from the Industry are invited to take part to ANC meetings as observers. The International Organizations are represented by ACI, CANSO, IAOPA, IATA, IBAC, ICCAIA, IFALPA and of course IFATCA.
through innovation and global harmonization
As mentioned earlier, the ANC reviews, amends and eventually recommends SARPs and PANS for adoption or approval by the ICAO Council.
This process can be sometimes challenging, as there are many stakeholders involved and several priorities to keep in mind, such as maintaining and improving the overall safety of aviation in general, the efficiency of the air navigation system, all this while also considering the increase of traffic demand and the associated pressure on the current aviation infrastructure.
There are also new and advanced systems to introduce, risks to mitigate, all this while staying in line with global priorities highlighted in the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) and the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP). No doubt this requires a lot of coordination and effort!
The ANC Panels
The ANC oversees the following 17 panels. They are organized in four different categories, corresponding to their purpose: integration, operations, enablers and safety. All panels are mainly in charge of one Annex of the Chicago Convention. For example, ATM Operations is in charge of Annex 11 and Safety Management is working mainly on Annex 19.
ATM Requirements and Performance
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
Instrument Flight Procedures
Aerodrome Design and Operations
Separation and Airspace Safety
Frequency Spectrum Management