China looks to Europe for ATM best practice

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A delegation from China's air navigation service provider, the Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB), has spent five days with Eurocontrol looking over European ATM methodology and plans and meeting stakeholders. Eurocontrol said the ATMB is particularly interested in flow management techniques.

The co-operative exercise was arranged within the European Union and China Civil Aviation Project (EUCCAP) which began in 2010 and extends to 2013. Chinese air traffic has grown by 17% per year since 1978, and is expected to continue expanding at an annual rate of 10%. Constrained capacity resulting from inadequate airport or ATM provision is therefore a real issue for China, said Eurocontrol, as it is in Europe.

The Chinese delegation was led by Cui Jianqiang, deputy director of the Operations Management Center of the ATMB. The delegation were on a fact-finding mission on the "ATM and airport components" of the EUCCAP "with the aim of strengthening partnership in various fields, such as ATM-rule-making, safety and quality management, flow management and ATCO training...[and to] lay the foundations for future extensive collaboration," he said.