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Civil Military Coordination in Sri Lanka

The need

There are two major users of sovereign airspace of Sri Lanka. They are civil and military. The civil aviation sector includes private, commercial and government-owned aircraft that are primarily transporting cargo and passengers, both nationally and internationally. Military aviation comprises State-owned aircraft engaged in transport, training, security and defence within Sri Lanka.

Both aviation sectors are essential to the country’s stability and economies. However, at times, both sectors cannot operate simultaneously within the same block of airspace, thus requiring the establishment of boundaries and segregation. Consequently there is a challenge of managing the airspace which is scarce in a way that safeguards both civil and military aviation requirements.

Being a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Government of Sri Lanka is obliged to provide a safe, efficient, regular and harmonious system for international air services operations within Sri Lanka airspace.As airspace becomes more of a scarce and sought after resource, Sri Lanka need to take a balanced approach for airspace management in a way that harmonizes and meets the needs of international traffic flows and national security. This requires communication, collaboration and cooperation.

With reference to the ATM Operational Concept introduced by ICAO, airspace management (ASM) is the process by which airspace options are selected and applied to meet the needs of airspace users. Competing interests for the use of airspace make ASM a highly complex exercise, necessitating a process that equitably balances those interests. The ultimate goal of ASM is to achieve the most efficient use of the airspace based on actual needs and, when possible, avoid permanent airspace segregation.

In October 2009, ICAO hosted the Global Air Traffic Management Forum on Civil/Military Cooperation, which was attended by more than four hundred high-ranking civil and military participants from sixty-seven Member States, six air navigation service providers and forty-six industry organizations. Realizing that there was no existing international framework to bring civil and military authorities together, the Forum recommended that ICAO should play a pivotal role in improving the level of cooperation and coordination between civil and military authorities of States and should serve as the international facilitating platform.

Recognizing that the growing civil air traffic and mission-oriented military air traffic would benefit greatly from a more flexible use of airspace, the Forum recommended that civil and military experts should jointly develop advice and guidance on the best practices for civil/military cooperation.

The Civil Military Coordination Committee has been established with a view to enhance cooperation and coordination between the two main airspace users to achieve the objectives mentioned above.

The Civil Military Coordination Committee (CMCC) will comprise the following members. Unless the circumstance so requires for meeting earlier, the CMCC will meet once in every three months at the CAA headquarters on a time and  date mutually agreed upon.

Convener:Director General of Civil Aviation
Civil Aviation
Sri Lanka Air Force
Mr. S.A.Jayawikcrama,
Director, Aeronautical Services, CAA

Gp. Capt. H.B.D.J. Karunaratne (01630)

Mr. Ranjith PereraDeputy Director (Aerodromes and Air Navigation Services), CAA

Wg Cdr A.V.Jayasekara (01946)

Deputy Director (Operations),CAA
Wg. CdrT.B.Premaratne (01986)
Mr. Mahesh de Silva,Air Navigation Services Inspector, CAA

Wg.Cdr D.S.C.Fernando (01988)

Ms.Krishanthi Tissera,Head of Air Navigation Services, AASL

Wg. Cdr S.D.Jayaweera (02112)

 Ms.Vineetha Senanayake,
Senior Aeronautical Information Service Officer, CAA

Wg.Cdr W.O.A.H.Perera (02117)

 Mr.Asanga Liyanaarachchi,
Senior Air Transport Officer, CAA

Sq.Ldr K.A.D.A.C.Kuruwita (02078)




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