International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly adopts landmark plans
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In September 2013, Australian representatives were part of the record 1,845 participants from 184 Member States and 54 international organisations involved in civil aviation who attended the 38th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly.
The assembly, held in Montreal, Canada, reviewed ICAO’s activities and set the strategic direction and priorities for ICAO for the next three years.
Delegates from CASA, Airservices Australia, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade represented Australia, joined by advisers from Qantas and Virgin Australia.
International consensus was achieved on actions against the five strategic areas of air navigation capacity and efficiency, security and facilitation, economic development of air transport, environmental protection, and legal developments.
In the strategic area of air navigation, two significant papers were endorsed by the assembly: a revised ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan, and the complementary ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan.
The revisions focused on the tactical planning and integration of air navigation and aviation safety over the next 15 years, to ensure that the projected increase in global air traffic can be managed safely and efficiently. The plans were a result of extensive collaboration between industry and ICAO.
CASA was an active contributor to the plans. CASA’s Executive Manager, Airspace and Aerodrome Regulation, Mr Peter Cromarty, represented Australia in the assembly chamber during the adoption of these landmark documents.
During the assembly, CASA’s Associate Director of Aviation Safety, Dr Jonathan Aleck, presented a paper which built on his work as Chair of the ICAO Safety Information Protection Task Force.
The paper covered all five strategic areas, outlining findings and recommendations on the appropriate use and protection of safety information. It took into account the importance of addressing critical safety concerns while striking a balance between the need for protection of safety information and the proper administration of justice.
The paper received strong support from the members of the assembly, and its findings and recommendations were unanimously accepted.
Australia’s longstanding commitment to all aspects of ICAO’s work was reflected during elections for the ICAO Council, which gives continuing direction to the work of ICAO. The assembly formally delegates to the council the powers and authority necessary to efficiently run ICAO. Australia was re-elected as one of the 11 States of Chief Importance in air transport on the 36-member council, continuing a rewarding tradition of Australian contributions to the direction
and work of ICAO.
Further information and papers presented at the assembly can be found on the ICAO website: www.icao.int