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

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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.

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.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-company training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Management and Professional
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

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What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand 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

  • 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

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  • 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.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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