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ICAO: new amendment enabling more integrated global ATM

Adopted during its 213th session of the Council

In an important step toward a more integrated and responsive global Air Traffic Management (ATM) system, the ICAO Council, during its ongoing 213th Session, has adopted a new amendment to Annex 15 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) covering Aeronautical Information Services.

Amendment 40 to Annex 15 defines the minimum data scope for interoperable digital data exchanges, strengthens the importance of quality controls along the aeronautical data process and supports the integration of modern aeronautical information products (digital data sets) that allow for automatic validation and verification procedures as well minimize the necessity of human intervention. It will also enable new capabilities to airspace users, consistent with the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan.

The impact of the new technical changes on ICAO Member States and industry is expected to be minimal, and the amendment allows States and industry to set their own pace to migrate their systems and services.

An effective date of July 2018 for the new Annex 15 changes was adopted, and a proposed applicability date of 8 November 2018 was agreed for the related implementation.

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