Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) Implementation (classroom)



Did you know that in the past 5 years, 13 participants from 1 countries have taken this course with IATA?

About the course

5-day (40 hours) classroom course

IATA Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) aviation training course

Be brought up to date on the work coordinated by ICAO and review the ASBU leading examples, NextGen and SESAR. This will help you to understand the principles behind moving to a common set of Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions to ensure global interoperability. Understand the part you and your organization can play in implementing ASBUs. 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 Asia Pacific, North and Latin America, Russia, Japan, and China.

The Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) concept advances the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) (Doc 9750) with the goal of implementing regional performance improvements. The ASBU concept focuses on four performance improvement areas: airport operations; global interoperable systems and data; optimum capacity and flexible flights; and efficient flight paths. ASBUs outline the air and ground equipment, and timelines for standards and procedures implementation.

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Course code: TCVG-02

Course format


  • Recommended level is Entry-level and Intermediate.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

In-house training

To arrange in-house training for your company, please complete the in-house training request form or contact the Training Specialist in your region.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the ICAO GANP (Doc 9750) and its goal of regional performance improvements
  • Relate the GANP to the ASBU concept, focusing on your region
  • Describe the finer details of the ASBU components
  • Know how to plan and manage implementation

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Reasons for the ASBU concept and what it solves
  • The ASBU modular approach
  • Review of the ICAO background to ASBUs
  • ASBU program initiative
  • Essential qualities of ASBU modules
  • The 4 components of a Block Upgrade
  • The role of Performance-based Navigation (PBN) in ASBUs and what it enables
  • Stakeholder roles and responsibilities
  • Industry and ANSP planning


  • Numerous practical exercises

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Managers and staff at Air Navigation Service Providers responsible for developing an airspace concept for their national airspace and implementing ASBUs
  • Civil Aviation regulators
  • Airlines and airspace users

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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