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Presentation title

Presentation Title

John Mettrop

Frequency Management Group Chairman

17th March 2011



  • ICAO European Committee Structure

  • FMG

  • European WRC-12 Issues

  • Other Issues

    • EANPG

    • FMG

      • DOC-011

      • Co-ordination Process

      • Co-ordination and Planning tools


Fmg membership and attendance
FMG Membership and Attendance

  • Membership

    • State Representatives

    • 31 Member States

    • 3 International Organisations

  • Plenary Average Attendance

    • 53 Experts

    • 26 States

    • 3 International Organisations

    • Observers welcome by prior arrangement


Fmg terms of reference include
FMG Terms of Reference include

  • Development of relevant sections of the EUR ANP

  • Update and Maintain EUR DOC 011 “ EUR Frequency Management Manual”

  • Co-ordination of frequency assignments

    • 12,000+ Comms

    • 7,000+ Nav

  • Input to work of appropriate ICAO bodies in the field of aeronautical frequency and spectrum

  • Provide advice on frequency and spectrum issues to the EANPG



  • Endorsed assembly resolution A36-27 related to the provision of resources

  • EANPG Conclusion 51/6 – Preparation for WRC-12

    • That the ICAO Regional Director, Europe and North Atlantic:

      • a) urge States to:

        • i) ensure, via their National Telecommunication Agencies, that the ICAO position is taken into account in the national and regional preparatory activities for World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) ; and

        • ii) provide civil aviation experts to assist in various national and regional WRC-12 preparatory activities.

      • b) invite International Organisations (IATA, NATO, EC, ECAC, EUROCONTROL) and other organisations to ensure coherence with the ICAO position and support ICAO during various regional WRC-12 preparatory activities

  • EANPG Conclusion 51/7 – ICAO EUR/NAT Support to WRC-12 Preparation

    • That the ICAO Regional Director, Europe and North Atlantic, make necessary arrangements to ensure the participation of the EUR/NAT Office in the regional WRC-12 preparatory activities at the level of the Conférence Européenne des Administrations des Postes et des Télécommunications(CEPT) Conference Preparatory Group (CPG).


Other issues eanpg
Other Issues: EANPG

  • EANPG Conclusion 52/25 - Addressing aeronautical frequency spectrum congestion

    • That the ICAO Regional Director, Europe and North Atlantic:

      • recognising the progress and applicability area of the currently being reviewed European Commission (EC) Regulation 1265/2007 on Air-Ground Voice Channel Spacing (A-VCS), urge States to proceed with the full implementation of 8.33 kHz channel spacing by 2018 with an intermediate phase by 2014;

      • recognising the continued congestion in the aeronautical VHF voice band in the European Region, initiate development of the future operational requirements for VHF voice communications with the goal to reorient the ICAO work on future communication systems in order to address the future operational needs with regards to aeronautical VHF voice communications; and

      • remind States to adhere to the provisions of the ICAO EUR Air Navigation Plan with regards to the gradual removal of VORs and NDBs from service by 2020.


Other issues fmg spectrum
Other Issues: FMG Spectrum

  • Mobile services vs Aeronautical services around 960 MHz

  • Monitoring Band congestion

  • JTIDS Frequency clearance agreement

  • Power Line Telecommunications

  • GPS repeater interference

  • Co-ordination of Radar


Other issues fmg frequency management
Other Issues: FMG Frequency Management

  • Definition of Designated Operational Coverage

  • GBAS co-ordination criteria

  • SAFIRE (frequency co-ordination tool) Development

  • MANIF (frequency planning tool) development

  • VDL 2 replacement of ACARS

  • VDL 4 assignment requirements

  • EUR DOC 011 maintenance


Eur doc 011
EUR Doc 011

  • Part 1 – Scope and General overview

  • Part 2 – VHF air-ground communications frequency assignment planning criteria

  • Part 3 – Radion navigation air frequency assignment planning criteria

  • Part 4 – Frequency coordination and registration procedures



Eur coordination process
EUR Coordination process

  • Describes the roles of:

  • Requesting States

  • Concerned States

  • Registration Office (ICAO EUR/NAT)

  • The process is sufficiently flexible to allow any group of States to implement if needed additional layers of advanced/refined pre coordination prior to entering into the ICAO process


Eur frequency planning and coordination tools
EUR Frequency planning and coordination tools

  • The planning and coordination process is supported by the following tools(provided by Eurocontrol upon EANPG request for all EUR):

    • MANIF – voluntary for planning

    • SAFIRE – mandatory means for coordination in the EUR for VHF assignments

  • Transition for navaids assignments to SAFIRE is ongoing

  • The outcome of this coordination is registered in the EUR central ICAO register, Supplement Tables COM2. 3 and 4 of the ICAO EUR Air Navigation Plan.

  • Currently coordination of navaids assignment requests is done via AFTN/e-mail/fax using dedicated templates and the outcome is registered in the ODETE database