Separation and Airspace Safety Panel


The ANC agreed in 2000 that the former Review of the General Concept of Separation Panel (RGCSP) be changed to the Separation and Airspace Safety Panel (SASP). The Commission considered that this change would better reflect the broad scope of thePpanel’s work programme and provided an appropriate emphasis on ICAO’s primary objective to ensure airspace safety while improving efficiency of operations.


The SASP will undertake specific studies, develop and review technical and operational ICAO provisions for improving safety and, at the same time, improve efficiency of the ATM system, mainly through developments that will result in increased airspace and airport capacity while maintaining or improving safety using reduced separation minima.

Required expertise

The panel is composed of specialists involved in airspace management, monitoring of operations, ATS, aircraft operations, mathematics and statistics to support risk assessment, and communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) systems.

About the Panel...


In fulfilling its mandate and in line with the GANP, the panel will develop SARPs, PANS and related guidance material supporting separation minima, taking into account future demands on airspace and airport capacity, communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) systems available and agreed levels of safety.

Working arrangements

The panel chairperson may establish working groups as necessary, as outlined in Doc 7984. The SASP should coordinate their work with the various other groups of experts responsible for other disciplines, as appropriate.

Our representative

Mr. Bjarni K. Stefansson (Iceland) represents IFATCA on the Panel. Mr. Stefansson is the longest serving member of IFATCA on an ICAO Panel; he has been representing the Federation since 2002. He works for the Icelandic ANSP, Isavia, as an air traffic controller but is also heavily involved in system and procedure design for area and oceanic airspace. He is also the Rapporteur of the NAT Technology and Interoperability Group (TIG). Mr. Stefansson can be reached at [email protected].

(Source: ICAO. (2017). SASP - Terms of Reference.)

Next meeting

The next meeting of the SASP will take place in ICAO HQ, Montréal, Canada, 12-23 November 2018.