AAI hosts ICAO Civil Military Cooperation Regional Conference
The Government of India has approved the constitution of a National High Level Airspace Policy Body and the implementation of Flexible Use of Airspace in India in March, 2013. The NHLAPB was constituted in October, 2013, with the Secretary, CA, as the Chairman, Joint Secretary (G/air), Director General Air Ops from IAF, Asst. Chief of Naval Staff (Air), Joint DGCA (Airspace), Satnav Programme, Director ISRO and Member (Air Navigation Services) as Members. A National Airspace Management Advisory Committee (NAMAC) was formed in December 2013 to assist/advise the NHLAPB. The NAMAC members similarly are drawn from IAF, AAI, DGCA, Indian Navy, ISRO, HAL, Indian Army, Indian Coast Guard and Senior Pilots from the airlines.
A FUA Secretariat has been constituted in AAI, under the Airspace Management Directorate, to assist the NHLAPB. A Manual for FUA, India, was prepared by a subcommittee of the NAMAC and adopted by the NHLAPB in 2014. A generic template of the FUA Manual has been showcased by ICAO APAC Region for easy adaptation by States in the Region.
Under the ATS Route Optimisation programme, several conditional routes have been introduced through restricted airspaces with the cooperation of IAF, Navy and HAL. These routes offer enormous fuel savings and reduction in carbon emissions.
ICAO APAC requested India to host a regional conference at New Delhi, India, on the 19th and 20th May, 2016, with the Regional Officer Air Traffic Management from ICAO APAC Office Bangkok and the ICAO APAC Regional Sub Office at Beijing. The conference was attended by international participants from Uganda, Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Afghanistan, IATA Singapore et al and Indian participants from diverse backgrounds and job roles, from Indian Army, Indian Air force, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, DRDO, ISRO, HAL, DGCA and AAI, which include Regulators, Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, CNS Engineers, Flight Operations Officers and Scientists.
ICAO has four major areas of focus. Safety, Efficiency, Capacity and Environment. Most of the initiatives fall under one category or the other or a combination of two areas. Flexible Use of Airspace under Civil Military Cooperation is probably one of the few initiatives which in one stroke contribute to all four areas of focus.
There are more than 15 conditional routes which provide for shorter and direct routing through restricted airspace under the con-
Rear Admiral Philipose George Pynumootil, Shri S. Raheja, Chairman, AAI, Ms. Sathiyavathy, Mr. AK Dutta, Member (Air Navigation Services), and Mr Len Wicks, Regional Officer- ATM ICAO APAC, at the inaugural session