Federal Aviation Administration

Oceanic Work Group (OWG)


The OWG has been in place since the early 1990's as a Pacific user/provider working group, chaired by the FAA, Oakland Center and Air Transport Association (ATA). This working group was originally made up of a small cadre of domestic and international carriers and FAA personnel from Oakland Center. The OWG dealt with issues in the Pacific related to improving oceanic operations, capacity and the overall efficiency of service within the Oakland Flight Information Region (FIR). The OWG has been the driving force behind the evolution of the Pacific Organized Track System (PACOTS), the Oakland Center Track Advisory Program, improvements in the evolution of the Dynamic Oceanic Track System (DOTS) and overall improvements in the efficiency of the oceanic ATC system in the Pacific. The OWG also supports the activities of various groups including the Informal South Pacific Air Traffic Services Coordinating Group (ISPACG), Informal Pacific Air Traffic Services Coordinating Group (IPACG) and the Russian American Coordinating Group for Air Traffic (RACGAT).


The OWG will serve as a user-provider forum working to improve the safety and efficiency of oceanic air traffic services in the Pacific.

Membership and Meetings

Oakland Center and ATA chair the OWG meetings. OWG membership is open to all users in the Pacific as well as FAA and international ATS providers. The meetings will be held quarterly, as a minimum, and the agenda will be developed through input from all members. The chair will distribute a call for agenda items followed by the distribution of the proposed agenda prior to the meetings.

OWG Procedures: The handling of issues

Issues/recommendations are provided to the OWG through any member. Members may bring subject matter experts as required by the issues. The OWG will prioritize issues, develop recommendations through sub-group activity, as necessary. Upon consensus of the group, recommendations for action or review will be forwarded to either the ATS provider or IPACG/ISPACG.

Oceanic Work Group Meeting

The Oceanic Work Group met 12 June 2013. The next meeting is planned to held during October 2013.
Oceanic Work Group Presentation Material

The following list includes some of the topics discussed during the meeting:

  • Oakland Center Update
  • ADS-B In Trail Procedure (ITP)
  • ICAO Flight Plan 2012
  • Oceanic Conflict Advisory Trial (OCAT)
  • ADS-C Climb/Descent Procedure (CDP)
  • Flight Planned Mach Speeds
  • Pacific Island Traffic
  • VOLKAM13 Exercise
  • Anchorage ARTCC Operations Overview
  • NextGen Oceanic Operational Concept Development (NOOCD)
  • Pacific Project
  • ATFM Global Update

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