ICAO signs agreements to align global aviation standardisation

14 December 2017 (Last Updated December 14th, 2017 11:38)

The UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has signed technical information sharing agreements to boost standards with RTCA, the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE), SAE International, and ARINC Industry Activities.

ICAO signs agreements to align global aviation standardisation
ICAO secretary general Dr Fang Liu (centre) formalised new information-sharing agreements with (from left to right) David Alexander from SAE, EUROCAE president Francis Schubert, RTCA president Margaret Jenny, and Michael Rockwell from ARINC. Credit: © International Civil Aviation Organization.

The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has signed technical information sharing agreements to boost standards with RTCA, the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE), SAE International, and ARINC Industry Activities.

ICAO said that the four agreements will help ensure better alignment throughout international aviation standards.

The collaboration with these organisations will support more integrated sectoral standards for communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) systems and air traffic management (ATM).

ICAO secretary general Fang Liu said: “The exchange of information permitted by these new agreements will be very helpful to ICAO’s efforts to develop mature and comprehensive standards for international civil aviation.

“These agreements will directly support improved sectoral performance for aviation’s safety, sustainability and efficiency.”

“Industry standards serve unique and often complementary roles in support of global air navigation objectives, which underscore the importance of ICAO’s provisions being fully compatible with the efforts of these new partners.”

The agreements will support the work of the important agencies responsible for standards affecting international aviation operations.

In addition, the deals will resolve some helpful aspects concerning confidentiality requirements along with intellectual property rights.

Liu further added: “The enhanced interoperability these agreements have achieved will directly support improved sectoral performance in terms of aviation’s safety, sustainability and efficiency.”