Partnering to deliver global interoperability factsheet

2 October 2012

Global interoperability is a must for the aviation community.

Aircraft fly all over the world and cannot afford to have non-standardised certifications for ground and airborne systems, crews trained in non-standard ways or facing many different procedures. Standardisation allows interoperability and prevents aviation from becoming more expensive or less safe.

Whilst different regions may need different ATM/CNS solutions at different times, designed solutions should be adaptable and globally compatible. That is why the different regions need to work together in order to provide airspace users with the seamless service they require.

ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, will play a key role in the delivery of the necessary standards and recommended practices to States and industry which will facilitate regulation, technological improvement and ensure operational benefits worldwide.

The Aviation System Global Block Upgrade initiative and a revised Global Air Navigation Plan should constitute the framework for a worldwide endorsement of the future aviation system.

Europe is contributing, and will continue to actively contribute to international standardisation efforts in order to support global aviation interoperability.

The four key institutional European actors present at the Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium,  EUROCONTROL, the European Commission (EC), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the SESAR Joint Undertaking, are fully committed to defining,  the next steps towards a seamless air navigation system.

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