Convention Relating to the Regulation of Aerial Navigation Law and Legal Definition

Convention Relating to the Regulation of Aerial Navigation signed at Paris, October 13, 1919, drew up the convention relating to the regulation of air navigation. The convention is also known as Paris convention. Twenty six countries participated in the convention and voted to give each nation’s complete and exclusive sovereignty over the airspace above its territory. The convention dealt with all technical, operational and organizational aspects of civil aviation.

The Paris convention aimed to :

recognize the progress of aerial navigation, and that the establishment of regulations of universal application will be to the interest of all;

appreciate the necessity of an early agreement upon certain principles and rules calculated to prevent controversy; and

encourage the peaceful intercourse of nations by means of aerial communications.

The important achievement of the convention was the establishment of the International Commission on Air Navigation (ICAN). The ICAN is a forum to discuss the rules for allowing foreign aircraft to use sovereign airspace.