After spending a few days at the CANSO Global ATM Safety Conference last week, I realized how the global aviation community is truly seeking to apply best practices towards increasing safety for all Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). The idea that competing ANSPs would share data regarding their airspace and services to their mutual customers seemed counter intuitive. Yet, there they were, over 40 ANSPs wrestling with performance metrics for loss of separation and runway incursions. The appeal for sharing this data and mobilizing the CANSO safety community members to analyze and hypothesize on root cause is, in my opinion, the essence of “just culture” in action.
Aireon realizes the importance of the services these ANSPs, our customers, provide to the global aviation community. We have been standing up our Safety Management System (SMS) to fully align ourselves with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 19, CANSO Standard of Excellence in SMS and the European Union regulations. The value of interacting with the safety community is priceless. The knowledge gained and shared is an investment in continuously improving our ability to assure delivery of a robust, high-integrity data service.
As part of evolving our SMS implementation, Aireon is working collaboratively with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on a program that will lead to the issue of an organizational approval certification for the surveillance data provided to ANSPs. This unique relationship has benefitted the company by providing us with access to the safety experience and oversight of world-class experts. The rigor of the EASA process will benefit both European and non-European ANSPs alike.
Learn more on how Aireon will safely provide space-based ADS-B here: https://aireon.com/benefits/safety/
Authored by Vinny Capezzuto Aireon Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering