SA oversees SADC technology upgrades to ensure safer African skies

2017-04-06 06:32 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Aviation is a fascinating and complex system that requires precise calculations and advanced technology, which  invaluable to ensuring the industry's safety and needs to continuously be upgraded and assessed.

Not something we think about often, since flying is so simple and easily accessible these days.  

But it was very much the focus of the 13th SADC VSAT Supervisory Board Meeting, which took place in Botswana last week.

Attending the meeting were 14 SADC countries in Africa - with the exception of the DRC - primarily focusing on SADC VSAT network upgrade process which included the acquisition and implementation of the latest technology VSAT equipment managed by South Africa's Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS).

SEE: Safe skies key to Africa air travel growth - ATNS

ATNS has managed the upgrade process, "ensuring a smooth transition of services to the new network and the training of technical maintenance staff - for the SADC and the north-eastern Africa region".

Capable of supporting new planned service

The upgraded network will continue to provide reliable communication services for the safe coordination of air traffic and is also capable of supporting new planned service to further enhance aeronautical services in the regions, says ATNS 

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was also invited to attend, "with the strategic intent on gaining endorsement for the network".

ICAO is a UN specialized agency established by states in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention of International Civil Aviation and works with the Convention’s 191 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector.

"These SARPs and policies are used by ICAO Member States to ensure that their local civil aviation operations and regulations conform to global norms, which in turn permits more than 100,000 daily flights in aviation’s global network to operate safely and reliably in every region of the world."

“We are extremely proud of the work that we have done, and appreciative being given the opportunity to assist with the enhancement of the African network,” said ATNS Commercial Services Executive, Thabani Myeza.

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