Frequency Spectrum Management Panel (FSMP)

The Frequency Spectrum Management Panel (FSMP) was established in 2015 to manage aeronautical frequency spectrum in order to ensure sufficient access to the resource for the provision of aeronautical communication, navigation and surveillance services (CNS) in an efficient and safe manner.

The FSMP advises the Air Navigation Commission on frequency spectrum related matters relating to implementation and coordination of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance services.

The panel develops the ICAO Position and other material as necessary to support the update of the ITU Radio Regulations (RR) which are the international instrument governing the use of radio frequency spectrum on a worldwide basis. The RR are updated through regular ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences, held every three to four years.

The panel develops and maintains the ICAO Spectrum Strategy and the ICAO Policy on Radio Frequency Spectrum, necessary to enable the advancement of technological developments and innovation, in order for aviation to efficiently manage the finite and limited frequency spectrum resource.


  1. Develop and maintain SARPs and guidance material to facilitate frequency management of communication, navigation and surveillance systems.
  3. Update proposals to the ICAO spectrum strategy, mapping out the future requirements for spectrum to support communication, navigation and surveillance systems, in close cooperation with the panels responsible for those systems.
  5. Update proposals to the detailed ICAO Policy on all relevant aeronautical frequency spectrum allocations.
  7. Develop the ICAO Position for upcoming ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC).
  9. Assist the ICAO Secretariat in developing input material for studies within the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) as necessary to ensure that aeronautical interests are taken care of in the development of ITU-R Recommendations and Reports and in the development of draft solutions for an upcoming WRC.
  11. Address issues of interference from aeronautical and non-aeronautical sources. 
In 1998, as a result of a review of the work of the Frequency Management Study Group (FMSG), it was identified that the task of aeronautical frequency spectrum management would need to be assigned to a new Panel of the Air Navigation Commission.  As an interim measure, this work was assigned to the Aeronautical Mobile Communi cations Panel (later Aeronautical Communications Panel (ACP)) Working Group F (WG-F).

WG-F meeting reports and other frequency spectrum relevant material, up to and including the meeting of WG-F/32 in February 2015, can be found on the ACP website:
 Download the FSMP Terms of Reference 


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