Air Traffic Management Operations Panel


The Air Traffic Management Operations Panel was established by the ANC on 5 May 2012. The Panel is tasked to work on a number of operational issues and to endeavour significant work stemming from the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP).


The ATMOPSP will undertake specific studies, develop and review technical and operational ICAO provisions for improving safety, efficiency and harmonization in the areas of ATM, flight operations, ATFM, airspace management, procedures and phraseology.

Required expertise

The panel is composed of experts familiar with the provisions contained in Annex 2, 11, PANS-ATM and PANS OPS. The members also have operational experience in ATS, ATM, ATFM, aircraft operations and civil military cooperation. Knowledge of human factors and regulatory matters is also required.

About the Panel...


Develop strategy and coordinated solutions for ATS, airspace management and ATFM, stemming from requirements elaborated in the ASBUs and other sources, consistent with the need to ensure a harmonized global ATM operational environment. Develop and maintain SARPs, PANS and guidance material for ATS, ATFM, procedures and phraseology for ATC, airspace management and civil military coordination.

Working arrangements

The ANC has specified the establishment of one specific working group under the ATMOPS panel: the Wake Turbulence Specific Working Group (WTSWG). The panel chairperson may establish additional working groups as necessary, as per Doc 7984. ATMOPSP should coordinate its work with the various groups of experts responsible for other Annexes and disciplines, as appropriate.

Our representative

Mr. Duncan Auld (Australia) represents IFATCA on the Panel. Mr. Auld started working in Melbourne ACC at the age of 20 (oceanic sectors and procedural continental airspace). He became responsible for local procedures and change management for various sector groups interfacing with safety management systems, safety hazard identification and safety assessment processes. He later transferred to the Sydney TCU. He now works as an ATS Aviation Safety Inspector for the GCAA of the UAE. Mr. Auld holds a Master Degree in Aviation Management, has created the IFATCA Safety culture workshops in the African Region, has been the Executive Vice-President - Technical (EVPT) and the Deputy President (DP) of the Federation in the past and is now serving as President and Chief Executive Officer (PCX) for the Federation. Mr. Auld can be reached at [email protected].



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