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

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