ICAO AN-Conf/12: 12th Air Navigation Conference

The International Civil Aviation Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, will hold its 12th Air Navigation Conference (AN-Conf/12) at the ICAO headquarters assembly hall in the Quartier National of Montreal from November 19 through November 30, 2012. The conferences take place every 10 years.

The International Civil Aviation Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, will hold its 12th Air Navigation Conference (AN-Conf/12) at the ICAO headquarters assembly hall in the Quartier National of Montreal from November 19 through November 30, 2012. The conferences take place every 10 years.

Organizers expect 1,200 delegates —policy makers and regulators from 191 member states and the civil aviation industry—to attend.
The goal of AN-Conf/12 is to achieve consensus on new aviation standards block upgrades for interoperability, harmonization and modernization of the international airspace.

Commercial flights are expected to double between now and 2040, and the global aviation community must agree on a coordinated strategic response to its critical capacity challenges.

Cybersecurity is also a big issue at the upcoming meeting, as is the vulnerability of GPS/GNSS to interference of various kinds. 

In a press release, the ICAO said the stakes in this once-in-a-decade event are particularly high,"Aviation transports 2.5 billion passengers and $5.3 trillion worth of cargo each year. At risk is the prompt access that people and businesses take for granted today to on-demand travel and tourism, next-day deliveries and many other critical day-to-day services." 

Before the conference, on November 15, world aviation transitioned to a new, standardized international aircraft flight plan that went into effect at 00:01 UTC that day after years of work by the ICAO and its member states.

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