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Skytalks are 30-minute presentations (including Q&A) exploring international civil aviation developments of importance to the entire aviation community. You can revisit past Assembly Skytalks on ICAO TV or

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  • Data-driven decision making

    Episode 1

    Data-driven decision making (D3M) enables managers to make effective and informed decisions and establish the right priorities without resorting to guesswork and assumptions. It mitigates bias, influence and human error. Organizations that make decisions using the right data achieve better result...

  • Global Outreach for Aviation Leadership Support – A Concept in Capacity Building

    Episode 2

    In this Skytalks, Grace Okungu, Chief of Field Personnel Section at ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Bureau presents an exciting new concept in capacity building for international civil aviation. Called ICAO Global Outreach for Aviation Leadership Support or “ICAO GOALS” for short, the new concept ai...

  • Safety Management Implementation Tools

    Episode 3

    The State Safety Programme (SSP) related applications on the integrated Safety Trend Analysis and Reporting System (iSTARS) assist ICAO Member States in implementing SSP, which is linked to important goals and targets in the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) 2020-2022.

    Ruviana Zimmer...

  • Provisions of Ground Handling Services at Aerodromes

    Episode 4

    This Skytalk aims at highlighting ICAO initiatives for the provision of ground handling services at aerodromes, which includes the publication of the long awaited Manual on Ground Handling (Doc 10121). This ICAO manual brings together the ground handling operation and the principles of SMS in an ...

  • Public Key Directory (PKD)

    Episode 5

    The ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) was established to support States in gaining access to the public key information required to validate and authenticate ePassports and it is part of the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy . This presentation will highlight the benefits of j...

  • Global Reporting System Format (GRF): Be Aware, Get Ready

    Episode 6

    This Skytalk aims at increasing States awareness in advance of the November 2020 applicability date of the ICAO methodology for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions. This new methodology, commonly known as the Global Reporting Format (GRF), ensures a harmonized assessment and reporti...

  • Assistance & capacity building on environment: How ICAO can support States

    Episode 7

    ICAO plays a major role in supporting States with the implementation of CO2 mitigation measures. ICAO has recently concluded two dedicated capacity building and assistance projects in partnership with the European Union and UNDP/ GEF. In addition, ICAO has established Assistance, Capacity-buil...

  • Introduction to the ICAO Training Portfolio

    Episode 8

    Are you a training organization involved in any specialized aviation-related area? Learn more about the membership benefits of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme, and the ICAO portfolio of training packages that can suit your needs.

    Mekki Lahlou
    TRAINAIR plus Programme Coordinator

  • ICAO Resource Mobilization of Voluntary Funds 101

    Episode 9

    Introduction on what ICAO Voluntary Funds are, and how to mobilize resources for them using existing tools and resources, as well as newly developed ones by the SPCP Partnerships and Resource Mobilization (PRM) section.

    Georgios Paltakis, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Officer,...

  • ICAO Civil Aviation Data Solutions iCADS

    Episode 10

    The ICAO Civil Aviation Data Application (iCADS) is a web platform for aviation data and information. This session presents the multitude of data sets and business intelligence solutions that are available in iCADS. Learn more about ICADS at


  • Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovation

    Episode 11

    A number of challenges and opportunities are emerging in the field of aviation by new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and digital objects

    Marco Merens
    Chief, Integrated Aviation Analysis Section

  • Implementation and Support Development – Security (ISD-SEC) Overview

    Episode 12

    ICAO, through the Implementation Support and Development Section (Security) (ISD-SEC), provides aviation security assistance and training targeting identified security deficiencies for States in need. This Skytalk highlights actions taken to provide assistance to States and developments relating ...

  • Information Management and Cyber-Threats

    Episode 13

    An improved and trusted process for exchange of information to support safe and efficient air operations is becoming crucial. At the same time cyber-threats need to be reduced to keep the safety and resilience of the system at agreed levels. The audience will be informed on the ICAO developments ...

  • Gender and Aviation - What does the future hold?

    Episode 14

    Aviation, a historically male-dominated industry, is expected to grow exponentially in the next 10-15 years. There will be a labour shortage unless steps are taken to meet the resource demands of this growth. Aviation, and transport in general, lag behind other sectors in regards to women enterin...

  • Lithium Batteries carried on Aircraft - The Need for Increased Safety Promotion

    Episode 15

    Damaged or defective batteries can catch fire and create an explosive atmosphere that poses significant risk to the aircraft. This presentation will focus on the need for increased safety promotion to help achieve control of this risk.

    Presenter: Lynn McGuigan, Technical Officer, Cargo Safety, ICAO

  • The Application of CT Technology in Air Cargo Consolidated Scanning by Nuctech

    Episode 16

    The Application of CT Technology in Air Cargo Consolidated Scanning

  • Introduction to the ICAO Training Portfolio

    Episode 17

    Are you a training organization involved in any specialized aviation-related area? Learn more about the membership benefits of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme, and the ICAO portfolio of training packages that can suit your needs.

    Mekki Lahlou
    TRAINAIR plus Programme Coordinator

  • AVSEC Policy Development

    Episode 18

    The Aviation Security Policy Section is responsible for developing and issuing new and amended Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) to mitigate new and emerging threats to aviation security (AVSEC). The section is involved in a wide range of strategic activities aimed at long-term strength...

  • Success Stories From the Field

    Episode 19

    In this Skytalk, Daniel Souhami, Field Project Officer at ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Bureau, presents on the work of the Bureau and its work through projects, procurement and experts assist States to build capacity for international civil aviation. Daniel will also present recent success storie...

  • Civil Aviation Safety Inspectors (CASI) – Tool (CASI-T)

    Episode 20

    The CASI-T will facilitate finding qualified aviation subject matter experts for States. Based on criteria developed in coordination with ICAO Panels, States will have at their disposal a database of highly-qualified and experienced inspectors that are capable of performing specific tasks to resp...

  • Global Coalition for Sustainable Aviation

    Episode 21

    The ICAO Global Coalition is a forum of stakeholders aiming to facilitate the development of new ideas and accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions that will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions at source, on the ground or in the sky. Watch this Skytalk to learn more.


  • CORSIA: The First Offsetting Scheme Introduced for Global Industrial Sectors

    Episode 22

    At the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, States adopted the CORSIA to complement a broader basket of measures to achieve the global aspirational goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. In an unprecedented short period of time ICAO developed CORSIA Standards and Recommended Practices (SA...

  • Innovation Fireside Chat

    Episode 23

    Description to come

    Marco Merens
    ANB lead for AI

    Yuri Fattah
    ANB Innovation lead

  • Air Connectivity and Competition

    Episode 24

    Global air transport network and competition has evolved with the increasing trend towards liberalization. This session presents the recent ICAO study on the dynamics of air transport network and competition using big data analytics.

    Behzad Taghipour
    Consultant, Data Analysis