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Separation between the Regulator and ANSPs in the Aviation Industry

Date: 23rd June 2023
1100 (UTC)

Separation between the Regulator and ANSPs in the Aviation Industry (Virtual)

Some industries are regulated whiles others are not. In regulated industries, a license or certification is required from a regulatory body to discharge their duties efficiently and effectively. The Aviation industry falls within the first five heavily regulated industries around the world for safety and security reasons. 
The separation of ANSP (Air Navigation Service Provider) and the Regulator refers to the process of separating the functions of Air Traffic Management and Regulation. This is done to improve safety, security, and efficiency in the aviation industry by providing independent regulatory oversight. 
In the past, many countries had the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) responsible for regulating the industry as well as providing air navigation services. This setup, it is widely believed is inefficient and created potential conflicts of interest which compromised safety of the industry. This separation aims to eliminate these conflicts of interest and provide more independent regulatory oversight. This is expected to improve safety, increase efficiency, and provide a more transparent and accountable regulatory framework for the aviation industry. 
The process of separation involves establishing an independent Regulator that can oversee and regulate ANSPs and other service providers. The Regulator is responsible for ensuring compliance with safety regulations, monitoring performance standards, among others in the industry. Meanwhile, the ANSPs are responsible for providing air traffic control services and ensuring safe and efficient flow of air traffic. 
The separation of ANSP and Regulator, an ICAO recommendation, has gained traction in recent years, with many countries adopting this model to improve their aviation industries. Some of the countries that have already separated include South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, the UK, among others. 
However, the separation also brings with it potential challenges such as coordination, funding and cost recovery, capacity building, legal and regulatory framework issues. 
Currently, the mode separation of the Regulators and ANSPs varies from country to country. While some countries have fully separated, others are still in the process of doing so, but many others are yet to take any steps towards separation. Overall, while there is some progress in the separation, much work remains to be done to fully implement this in many other countries, especially the AFI region. 
Join us for an insightful webinar as we discuss the concept of separation between Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSPs) and the Regulator in the Aviation Industry. This conversation seeks to explore the rationale behind the separation, its benefits, challenges, and key considerations for successful implementation. We are privileged to have two distinguished speakers who will share their expertise and perspectives on this important topic. Whether you are an aviation professional, or just interested in the aviation industry, this session will provide valuable insights into the separation of ANSPs and the Regulator. 
Register now to secure your spot for this informative webinar. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain valuable insights from industry experts and deepen your understanding on the separation of ANSPs and Regulators. 


Dr. Karsten Benz
Dr Benz is a professor of Air Traffic Management at the Worms University of Applied Sciences.
Prior to his appointment at Worms University, he was a senior advisor (Aviation and Aerospace) at Alix Partners, where his main role was advising companies in the transport and aircraft manufacturing sectors on restructuring and redesigning of business models.
He has a PhD in Management Efficiency from the University of Bamberg and has also worked in various organisations such as:
– Lufthansa German Airlines, Frankfurt – Chief Infrastructure Officer
– Austrian Airlines, Vienna – Chief Commercial Officer, Member of the Executive Board
– Lufthansa German Airlines, London/Frankfurt: 
– Head of Sales & Services Europe
– Head of Network Planning
– Head of Network Development and Fleet Planning
Since the year 2005, he has served on the Boards of about 9 organizations in the Air Transport industry.
Karsten is a keen runner, swimmer and cyclist. He is a member of the Rotary club and serves the local community in Wiesbaden, Germany. 

Mr. Albert Taylor
Mr. Albert Aidoo Taylor has had a distinguished career in the Aviation Industry for over forty (40) years with dedication, passion and professionalism.
He is an Air Traffic Controller, rising through the ranks to become the Director – Air Traffic Services, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority from 2007 to 2014. He also served in the following capacities:
– IFATCA Executive Board Member 
– Executive Vice-President (Africa and Middle East) from 1999 to 2007;
– Section Head of International Training and Manager – International Relations/Marketing, Aviation Training Academy, ATNS, South Africa from 2003 to 2006
– ICAO Regional Officer – Air Traffic Management / Search and Rescue, WACAF Office from 2014 to 2021
He is an ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Air Navigation Service Subject Matter Expert and is currently the Director of the Rwanda Civil Aviation Training and Innovations Center. 
He has to his credit many publications including articles, working papers and presentations at all levels of aviation meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as being a contributing editor to newsletters, bulletins and journals.
He is the recipient of the ICAO Secretary General’s Award of Achievement in 2019, and has also received special awards from air traffic controllers associations from Morocco, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

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