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Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2013
Mr. K.N. Shrivastava, Secretary, Civil Aviation inaugurated the 23rd meeting of ICAO Separation and Air Safety Panel meeting on 11th November, 2013 at Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel, New Delhi. The SASP meeting was hosted by Airports Authority of India and will be held from 11th to 22nd Nov,2013.
The Secretary Civil Aviation touched upon the growth in air traffic and the constant imbalance between airspace demand and capacity necessitating a pragmatic approach to the definition of separation minima, whilst working well within the safety paradigm.
Mr. Robert Butcher Operational Analysis Manager, Air Services Australia (ASA) is the Chairman of SASP. 32 Members/Advisors from various countries, including members of
the Mathematicians Sub-Group are participating in the meeting.
The Chairman AAI, Mr. V. P. Agrawal in his key note address mentioned that modern technology including GNSS and ADS-B needs to be harnessed and new collision risk models need to be developed scientifically, so that the separation minima can be reduced with increased safety norms.
The DGCA Mr. Arun Mishra, who is an erstwhile representative of India to the ICAO council noted how the members of the SAS Panel worked silently & relentlessly to contribute to the efficiency of the optimum airspace use. He said he was a witness to their extraordinary effort which produced tangible outcomes from close quarters during histenure at the ICAO Headquarters at Montreal.
Earlier the Member ANS, Mr. V. Somasundaram proposed a welcome address to the International delegates. He also highlighted the work carried out by the panel, which was significant in the provision of Air Traffic Management Services. He also noted the significant strides made by the Indian ANSP in harnessing technology to improve efficiency enhance situational awareness through seamless surveillance and implementing new evolving separation standards contained in ICAO Standards and recommended practices, after due diligence and by conducting Target level of safety studies, indigenously. The Chair of the SASP Mr Robert Butcher and the ICAO Technical Officer, Mr. Saulo J. Da Silva too spoke on the occasion.
Source:- Airport Authority Of India