Sri Lanka Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Review Group (SLANPIRG)
The ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) is designed to guide complementary and sector-wide air transport progress over 2013–2028 and is approved triennially by the ICAO Council. The GANP represents a rolling, 15-year strategic methodology which leverages existing technologies and anticipates future developments based on State/industry agreed operational objectives. The Block Upgrades are organized in five-year time increments starting in 2013 and continuing through 2028 and beyond. This structured approach provides a basis for sound investment strategies and will generate commitment from States, equipment manufacturers, operators and service providers.
Although the ICAO work programme is endorsed by the ICAO Assembly on a triennial basis, the Global Plan offers a long-term vision that will assist ICAO, States and industry to ensure continuity and harmonization among their modernization programmes.
The Global Air Navigation Plan’s aviation system Block Upgrade methodology is a programmatic and flexible global systems engineering approach that allows all Member States to advance their air navigation capacities based on their specific operational requirements. The Block Upgrades will enable aviation to realize the global harmonization, increased capacity, and improved environmental efficiency that modern air traffic growth now demands in every region around the world.
From the GANP to Regional Planning
Although the GANP has a global perspective, it is not intended that all ASBU modules are implemented at all facilities and in all aircraft. Nevertheless, coordination of deployment actions by the different stakeholders, within a State, and within or across regions are expected to deliver more benefits than implementations conducted on an ad hoc or isolated basis. Furthermore, an overall integrated deployment of a set of modules from several threads at an early stage could generate additional benefits downstream.
Guided by the GANP, the regional, national planning process should be aligned and used to identify those modules which best provide solutions to the operational needs identified. Depending on implementation parameters such as the complexity of the operating environment, the constraints and the resources available, regional and national implementation plans will be developed in alignment with the GANP. This planning requires interaction between stakeholders including regulators, users of the aviation system, the Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), aerodrome operators and supply Industry, in order to obtain commitments to implementation.
Accordingly, deployments on a global, regional and sub-regional basis and ultimately at State level should be considered as an integral part of the global and regional planning process through the planning and implementation regional groups (PIRGs). In this way, deployment arrangements including applicability dates can be agreed and collectively applied by all stakeholders involved.
For some Modules worldwide applicability will be essential; they may, therefore, eventually become the subject of ICAO Standards with mandated implementation dates.
In the same way, some Modules are well suited for regional or sub-regional deployment and the regional planning processes under the PIRG are designed to consider which modules to implement regionally, under which circumstances and according to agreed timeframes.
For other Modules, implementation should follow common methodologies defined either as Recommended Practices or Standards in order to leave flexibility in the deployment process but ensure global interoperability at a high level.
In order to keep pace with the global developments in the field of air navigation, Sri Lanka felt the need to establishing an expert group consisting of all stake holders involved in aviation for planning and implementation review of air navigation facilities and services in Sri Lanka. Accordingly Sri Lanka Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Review Group (SLANPIRG) was established in August 2015.
The following organizations and post holders will serve as members of the SLANPIRG and they could take part at any of the SLANPIRG meetings or subgroup meetings, as and when required.
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
Airport and Aviation Services Ltd.
Sri Lanka Air Force
Department of Meteorology
2. Chairman and Secretary to SLANPIG
DGCA shall chair the SLANPIG meetings
Deputy Director General/Airspace and Security Regulations shall be the Secretary to the SLANPIRG meetings who shall maintain records relating to all activities of the SLANPIG.
SLANPIRG shall meet as and when required but at least once in every quarter of the year.
4. Objectives of the SLANPIRG
to develop, adopt and regularly update a comprehensive Air Navigation Plan for Sri Lanka and other associated documents in a manner that is harmonized with APAC Regional Air Navigation Plan, consistent with ICAO SARPs and Global Air Navigation Plan for CNS/ATM systems (Doc 9750) and reflecting national requirements;
v to facilitate the implementation of air navigation systems and services as identified in Sri Lanka Air Navigation Plan with due observance to the primacy of air safety, regularity and efficiency; and
v to identify and address specific deficiencies in the air navigation field.
In order to meet the Terms of Reference, the Group shall:
|01.||13.08.2015||Minutes of the first meeting of SLANPIRG held at CAASL||See Minutes|
|02.||13.08.2015||Presentation on Preamble to SLANPIRG - HOD/ASSR||See the doc|
|03.||05.04.2016||Minutes of the second meeting of SLANPIRG held at CAASL||See minutes|
|04||16.06.2016||Minutes of the third meeting of SLANPIRG held at CAASL||See minutes|
SLANP-TF : Drafting the Sri Lanka Air Navigation Plan
Mr.Rohan Manukulasuriya, Head of Section /Air Navigation Services, CAASL (Chairman)
Ms.Sherina Casseer, Head of Section / Aerodromes, CAASL (Member)
SLANPIRG/1/D1: Development of Sri Lanka Air Navigation Plan
The SLANPIRG decided to develop Sri Lanka Air Navigation Plan as early as possible. A task force was appointed for this purpose and the 1st draft is expected at the next meeting for review.
SLANPIRG/1/D2: Preparation of Implementation Plan of SLANP in line with ICAO Regional Seamless ATM Implementation Plan
The SLANPIRG decided to develop an Implementation Plan for SLANP in line with ICAO Regional Seamless ATM Implementation Plan soon after completion of the SLANP
SLANPIRG/1/D3: Rectification of ICAO Audit Findings in relation to ANS and AGA areas
The SLANPIRG decided that Corrective Action Plans should be developed to rectify the ICAO audit findings on ANS and AGA areas
SLANPIRG/1/D4: Frequency of meetings
The SLANPIRG decided to meet four times in a year in such a way that there will be at least one meeting in each quarter of the year.
The future meeting will be held at 1400 hrs on 1st Thursday of January, April, July and October of every year at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. If the scheduled date of the meeting happens to be public holiday, the meeting will be held at the next Thursday.