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International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace






Since the mid-1970s, air traffic growth has expanded two-fold once every fifteen years (ICAO, 2013). The ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) is a roadmap to achieve a “vision of an integrated, harmonized, and globally interoperable air traffic management (ATM) system” (ICAO, 2012, p. 1). A component of the GANP is the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU), a framework for achieving that vision. A collaborative approach led by ICAO between public and private organizations and member states resulted in the development of the ASBU framework. However, obstacles exist for successful implementation. One area of concern is the need for training of qualified personnel including air navigation service providers, flight crews, and those responsible for safety oversight. While the ICAO strategy has the potential to enhance global interoperability through such means as information sharing and management, more efficient flight paths, and improvements to airport operations, obstacles must first be overcome. The purpose of this research is to develop a template that can be used to identify the training needs associated with the implementation of the ASBU modules. The template can be applied by selected groups within individual ICAO member states to determine a customizable training plan allowing the state to maximize benefits from implementing ASBU modules.


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