The Council of ICAO established the North Atlantic Systems Planning Group (NAT SPG) in 1965. Since its inception, ICAO has long recognized the valuable contribution of the Group, which has been at the forefront of the advancement of civil aviation matters. Today, Ms. Hlin Holm, the Head of Air Navigation Services Section of the Icelandic Transport Authority was elected by the NAT SPG/55 as its Chairperson. Ms. Holm is the first female Chairperson of any of the ICAO Planning and Implementation Regional Groups. Ms. Holm will succeed Mr. Ásgeir PÁLSSON who is stepping down after 20 years of valuable leadership to the group.
The North Atlantic Systems Planning Group (NAT SPG) was the first regional planning group established by the Council of ICAO. From its Terms of Reference, the NAT SPG continuously studies, monitors and evaluates Air Navigation systems in light of changing traffic characteristics, technological advances and updated traffic forecasts.