The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) led Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation arising from Conflict Zones (TF RCZ), has established two immediate projects to mitigate conflict zone risks in civilian airspace.
The first pilot project agreed by the States, regional organizations and wide-ranging industry groups who comprise the TF RCZ will explore how the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) system already in place between States and operators could be better used to share urgent and critical conflict zone risk information.
The second project will be piloted by key ICAO partners on a new centralized system to be established for the prompt sharing of conflict zone risk information.
The ICAO TF RCZ was convened on an emergency basis in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. It’s main goal is to refine the roles and procedures relating to the mitigation of conflict zone risks in civilian airspace.
The TF RCZ will be meeting again in December for its next round of talks but ICAO will be delivering the group’s preliminary findings in October 2014.