Latin America’s COCESNA makes progress on regional improvement

Latin America’s COCESNA reports that the recent signing of an agreement between the area control centre of Panama and CENAMER in December has already begun to demonstrate benefits.

CENAMER is a combination of Central American countries that work together as one ATC service. Controllers are located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and control the airspace of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The controlling Authority is COCESNA.

Airspace users can now enjoy preferential direct routes; reduced separation between aircraft at the same level from 40NM to 20NM; better flows entering and leaving Costa Rica and the end of verification by voice for co-ordinated transit, through an automated system of exchange between users and ATC.

COCESNA also reported that between January 16-18, regional ATC executives from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua met with COCESNA area heads, at a working meeting to help update a strategic 2016-2020 plan.

This important event was assisted by Marco Ospina who shared his experience acquired when he served for many years as secretary general of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (CLAC), and in ICAO.

COCESNA provides air traffic services, aeronautical telecommunications, navaids and aeronautical information for the territories of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

The Central American flight information region (FIR) encompasses over 2.6 million sq km – one of the largest in the CAR region – which includes not only the continental area of its six member states, but also extensive maritime areas in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.

Its strategic location allows it to provide air navigation services to departing and arriving flights at the different airports in the region as well as overflights between North and South America.