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Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) Implementation (Classroom, 5 days)

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Understand the ASBU concept which advances the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) (Doc 9750) through implementing regional performance improvements.

ICAO estimates that US$120 billion will be spent on the transformation of air transportation systems in the next ten years due mostly to NextGen (USA) and SESAR (Europe). Parallel initiatives are underway in many areas including the Asia/Pacific, North and Latin America, Russia, Japan and China. Get updated on the work coordinated by ICAO and review the ASBU leading examples, NextGen and SESAR. Understand the principles behind the common set of Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions that will ensure global interoperability.

The ASBU concept focuses on four performance improvement areas: airport operations; global interoperable systems and data; optimum capacity and flexible flights; efficient flight paths. ASBUs outline the air and ground equipment and timelines for standards and procedures implementation.

Available as: Classroom & In-Company course
Duration: 5 days (40 hours)
Recommended level: Professional and Management
Prerequisites: None

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What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe in detail the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (Doc 9750) and how ASBUs will assist in working towards the goal of regional performance improvements
  • Relate the GANP to the Airspace System Block Upgrades concept, focusing on your region
  • Understand the finer details of the ASBU components
  • Review the Working Document for ASBUs and timelines involved

Course content

Reasons for the ASBU Concept and what it solves

  • To accommodate the increase in air traffic in a safe and efficient manner
  • To take advantage of current equipage
  • To renovate ATM systems
  • To provide the greatest operational and performance benefits
  • To respond to the diverse needs of operators, the environment and other issues

The ASBU modular approach

  • Based largely on operational concepts extracted from the United States’ Next Generation Air Transport System (NextGen), Europe’s Single European Sky ATM research (SESAR), and Japan’s Collaborative Actions for Renovation of Air Traffic Systems (CARATS)
  • The intent is to apply key capabilities and performance improvements, drawn from these programs, across other regional and local environments with the same level of performance and associated benefits on a global scale
  • The Block Upgrades describe a way to apply the concepts defined in the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (Doc 9750) with the goal of implementing regional performance improvements

Review the ICAO background to ASBUs

  • Formalization of the block upgrades initiative at the Twelfth Air Navigation Conference (Nov 2012)
  • How ASBUs are the basis of the update to the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) Doc 9750

How the ASBU program initiative

  • Develops a set of air traffic management (ATM) solutions or upgrades
  • Takes advantage of current equipage
  • Establishes a transition plan
  • Enables global interoperability

ASBU modules each having the following essential qualities:

  • A clearly-defined measurable operational improvement and success metric
  • Necessary equipment and/or systems in aircraft and on ground along, with an operational approval or certification plan
  • Standards and procedures for both airborne and ground systems
  • A positive business case over a clearly defined period of time

The 4 components of a Block Upgrade

  • Module
  • Thread
  • Block
  • Performance Improvement Area (PIA)

The role of PBN in ASBUs and what it enables

  • PBN is a main enabler to address CFIT and unstabilized approaches
  • PBN is a prerequisite before starting next generation airspace concepts
  • CCD and CCO: Continuous Descent and Climb Operations are significant contributors to efficiency and environmental benefits, fuel burn, emission and noise reductions

Stakeholder roles and responsibilities

  • How the highly integrated nature of capabilities covered by the block upgrades requires a significant level of coordination and cooperation among all stakeholders
  • How States, operators and Industry will benefit from the availability of SARPs with realistic lead times

Industry and ANSP Planning

  • Why the block upgrades initiative should constitute the basis for future plans for ANS modernization
  • Where plans are in existence, they should be revised in line with objectives defined in the block upgrades
  • For ICAO and its governing bodies, the block upgrades will enable the development of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) to States and Industry in a prompt and timely manner to facilitate regulation, technological improvement and ensure operational benefits worldwide
  • SARPS development will be enabled by using the standards roundtable process, which involves ICAO, States and Industry, and various technological roadmaps

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Airlines and airspace users
  • Aircraft manufacturers

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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