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High Level Overview of ICAO Responsibilities. Mitchell Fox Chief, Flight Operations Section Air Navigation Bureau International Civil Aviation Organization Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation 24-25 May 2013. Presentation Outline. What is ICAO ? Strategic Objectives

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high level overview of icao responsibilities

High Level Overview ofICAO Responsibilities

Mitchell Fox

Chief, Flight Operations Section

Air Navigation Bureau

International Civil Aviation Organization

Regulation of Emerging Modes of Aerospace Transportation

24-25 May 2013

presentation outline
Presentation Outline

What is ICAO?

Strategic Objectives

ICAO structure

Articles of Chicago Convention and their role in aviation development

Hierarchy of ICAO documentation

Annexes & SARPs

Filing of differences

Strategic direction of SARPs

“As we begin to write a new chapter in the fundamental law of the air, let us all remember that we are engaged ina great attempt to build enduring institutions of peace.

These peace settlements cannot be endangered by petty considerations or weakened by groundless fears. Rather, with full recognition of the sovereignty and judicial equality of all nations, let us work together so that the air may be used by humanity, to serve humanity”

President Roosevelt to the opening plenary session

what is icao
What is ICAO?
  • Specialized agency of UN
  • Created in 1944
  • Promotes safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world
  • Sets standards and regulations necessary for
    • aviation safety
    • security
    • efficiency and regularity
    • aviation environmental protection
  • Serves as forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among 191 Member States
icao s strategic objectives
ICAO’s Strategic Objectives
  • Safety
    • Enhance global civil aviation safety
  • Security
    • Enhance global civil aviation security
  • Environmental Protection& Sustainable Development of Air Transport
    • Foster harmonized and economically viable development of international civil aviation that does not unduly harm the environment
a shared vision for the future
A Shared Vision for the Future
  • Global Strategic Plans with Priorities and Targets
    • Completely overhauled Global Aviation Safety Plan & Global Air Navigation Plan
icao structure
ICAO Structure

COUNCIL = 36 States

Electedby the Assembly


= 191 Contracting States



Results-based budget


Secretary General elected by the Council

Business Plan

chicago convention
Chicago Convention
  • Two pillars of aviation development
    • Article 28-Air Navigation Facilities and Services
      • States to provide facilities and services to facilitate international aviation in accordance with the Convention
    • Article 37-Adoption of International Standards and Procedures
      • Requirements to collaborate in securing the highest practicable degree of uniformity in regulations, standards, procedures and organization
hierarchy of icao documentation
Hierarchy of ICAO Documentation


supported by Policy Statements, State letters, Assembly Resolutions

  • Annex 1 — Personnel Licensing
  • Annex 2 — Rules of the Air
  • Annex 3 — Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation
  • Annex 4 — Aeronautical Charts
  • Annex 5 — Units of Measurement to be Used in Air and Ground Operations
  • Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft
  • Annex 7 — Aircraft Nationality and Registration Marks
  • Annex 8 — Airworthiness of Aircraft
  • Annex 9 — Facilitation
  • Annex 10 — Aeronautical Telecommunications
  • Annex 11 — Air Traffic Services
  • Annex 12 — Search and Rescue
  • Annex 13 — Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation
  • Annex 14 — Aerodromes
  • Annex 15 — Aeronautical Information Services
  • Annex 16 — Environmental Protection
  • Annex 17 — Security — Safeguarding International Civil Aviation against Acts of Unlawful Interference
  • Annex 18 — The Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
  • Annex 19 — Safety Management
procedures for air navigation services pans
Procedures for AirNavigation Services (PANS)
  • Complementary to SARPs
  • Comprise material too detailed for SARPs
  • Do not have same status as SARPs
  • Amendment procedure is similar to SARPs
  • Approved by Council
  • Recommended to Contracting States for worldwide application
guidance material
Guidance Material
  • ICAO manuals and circulars provide guidance and information to facilitate the uniform application of SARPs and PANS
  • Approved by Secretary General and published under his authority
filing of differences
Filing of Differences
  • Article 38: Departures from int’l standards
    • Requirements to notify ICAO of differences to standards
  • Assembly Resolution A35-14, Appendix D, Associated Practice No. 3
    • Council to urge States to notify ICAO of differences from SARPs
strategic direction of sarps
Strategic direction of SARPs

Towards performance-based SARPs

Less technical specifications

Use of outside standards-making organizations

Use of electronic means to facilitate process

  • ICAO’s structure supports its mission and objectives
  • Articles 28 & 37 of Convention are backbone of ICAO work
  • Mechanisms to ensure uniformity and harmonization
    • SARPs, PANS, ANPs, SUPPs, guidance material
  • ICAO documents are extensive and include Annexes, PANS, manuals and circulars
  • ICAO revised overarching policy documents and moving towards performance-based SARPs