ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU)

Considering the large and successful experience of EUROCONTROL in monitoring ATM Implementation activities through the LSSIP mechanism, and taking into account the alignment of the European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Objectives with the ICAO GANP and ASBUs, the European Commission, the SESAR Joint Undertaking and EUROCONTROL have invited ICAO to make use of the existing EUROCONTROL ESSIP/LSSIP reporting mechanisms for developing yearly a report on Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) Implementation for the entire ICAO EUR region.

At the 55th Meeting of the European Air Navigation Planning Group (EANPG) in 2013 a cooperative arrangement on the collection and monitoring of the implementation status of ASBUs in the ICAO EUR Region was agreed between ICAO and EUROCONTROL, using the ESSIP/LSSIP mechanism for the ECAC States and a specific ICAO EUR ASBU questionnaire for the non-ECAC States.

The ICAO ASBU Implementation Monitoring Report

In the context of this partnership between ICAO EUR and EUROCONTROL concerning implementation monitoring activities, already three editions of the ASBU Implementation Monitoring Report were prepared by DPS/PEPR, in full cooperation with ICAO EUR.

The second edition of the ASBU Implementation Monitoring Report (reference period 2015, produced in 2016) was revamped and improved with the inclusion of wide coverage maps, statistics and dashboards. Out of 55 States accredited to the ICAO EUR Region only 3 States did not provide monitoring data.

Concerning the third edition of the ICAO ASBU Implementation Monitoring Report (reference period 2016) it can be highlighted that it includes progress information of ASBU Block 0 modules for all 55 States of the ICAO Region and it is therefore a key document for the EANPG to monitor and analyse ATM implementation. To note in particular the availability of an ASBU Block 0 Implementation Dashboard, summarising the progress so far, and an Implementation Outlook for 2019 and 2020 giving a forecast on what is expected to be achieved in the future.

The 2016 ICAO ASBU Implementation Monitoring Report is a companion document to the EUR eANP and was endorsed at the EANPG/59 meeting (Nov 2017) with, amongst others, the following conclusions:

  • “The EANPG appreciated this significantly improved version of the report and noted that this was a successful example of cooperation using combined efforts and existing resources/processes to avoiding unnecessary duplication of reporting”;
  • “The EANPG noted, that the endorsed ASBU implementation monitoring report would be forwarded as one of the contributions from the ICAO EUR Region to the annual ICAO Global Air Navigation Report and that relevant parts of the report would be used for the ICAO EUR eANP Vol III”;
  • The Meeting noted the impressive collaboration required to achieve the timely completion of the 2016 ICAO/EUROCONTROL ASBU implementation monitoring report”.