CANSO has announced the winner of the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award 2022. The award recognises the individuals, teams, or companies that have made a significant contribution to aviation safety in the past 12 months.
The winner is the Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) team of Aeropath Ltd, a subsidiary of Airways International, for their Flight Advisor tool.
Flight Advisor is an interactive web-based mapping tool that improves situational awareness and enhances safety for pilots operating at low levels in uncontrolled airspace. Developed by Aeropath, New Zealand’s Aeronautical Information service, in collaboration with its customer the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), Flight Advisor is used by the military and is open to all civilian operators across New Zealand. Flight Advisor provides RNZAF pilots and civilian operators with an awareness of traffic and potential hazards when operating at low level, giving pilots operating in this uncontrolled airspace the information they need to keep themselves and other low level airspace users safe.
As Osman Saafan, Chair of the CANSO Safety Standing Committee commented: “As in the previous years, we were happy to again see such a large number of nominations, all of them of exceptionally high quality. In a tight competition and against the background of challenging criteria, the jury unanimously decided in favor of the web-based mapping tool Flight Advisor. I would like to congratulate the Aeropath team on this great achievement. Safety in aviation is not given, it must be assured every day. The many nominations might remind us how many people globally use their expertise and creativity every day to successfully contribute to our mission of safety in aviation."
As Matt Day, Aeropath’s Manager Aeronautical Information Management, said: "Flight Advisor is the result of a significant team effort between the RNZAF and Aeropath. The Flight Advisor concept was developed when the RNZAF approached Aeropath to help them address the problem of better informing low level operators of hazards, and making operators aware of each other when in the same area of airspace."
“We’re extremely proud to receive this award, on behalf of Aeropath and the RNZAF – Flight Advisor wouldn’t have been possible without the initiative, funding and leadership of the RNZAF to drive the tool’s development. We’re thrilled that together we’ve been able to create something that’s so simple to use, and delivers such tangible safety benefits to New Zealand’s aviators,” Mr Day added.
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CANSO – the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation – is the global voice of the air traffic management (ATM) industry and is shaping our future skies. Our members support over 90% of the world’s air traffic and include air navigation service providers, airspace users and operators, manufacturers and aviation industry suppliers. We raise the bar on global ATM performance by connecting the industry to share knowledge, expertise and innovation. For more information please visit www.canso.org.
Airways New Zealand is a world-leading commercial Air Navigation ServiceProvider (ANSP), looking after key aviation infrastructure around New Zealand and managing more than 1 million traffic movements per year into and around New Zealand’s 30 million square kilometres of airspace.
Airways International Ltd (AIL) is the commercial arm of Airways New Zealand, providing training, digital products, aeronautical information management, procedure design and aviation consultancy services to customers in the Middle East, Asia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America. For more information please visit www.airwaysinternational.com.
Aeropath offers specialist Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) and navigation procedure design services, with experience across the globe. We provide Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures development and maintenance, AIS to AIM transitions and training, and digital aeronautical data and charting.
We deliver next generation aeronautical charting solutions for customers around the globe, and we’re responsible for the production and distribution of Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP) for both New Zealand and the Pacific. For more information, please visit www.airwaysinternational.com/aim-procedure-design.