ATNS drives air traffic management across Africa


Air navigation is achieved by the provision of integrated Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (ATM) activities.

The annual SADC VSAT and NAFISAT meetings are primarily aimed at achieving the medium-to-long term objectives – that of a homogeneous airspace structure, attaining the definitive African sky seamless airspace that is efficient and safe, and ultimately, creating an environment conducive for more usage of new technologies.

The NAFISAT and the SADC Supervisory Board meetings are scheduled to take place on 18 to 20th March 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya and in Zambia from 23rd to 25th March 2014, respectively.

Regional Cooperation between Civil Aviation Authorities and Air Navigation Services Providers has resulted in the streamlining and harmonizing of Air Navigation Regulations, which are safety oriented. Resultantly, various States have given more latitude to their own entities with legal, administrative and financial autonomy to enable them to have independence in the implementation of aviation activities.

Harmonization of airspace organization and management facilitates seamless handling of flights along optimum flight trajectories from gate to gate without undue restriction or delay. This can and will be achieved through the application of the said regulations and safety protocols.

In realizing the African vision of a single sky, human resources is the main factor whilst the recruitment of the next generation of experts who will be able to cope with the fast changing technology is now being implemented by Aviation Academies, including our own Aviation Training Academy (ATA).

The SADC VSAT Network has been operational since 1998 and has eliminated all communication deficiencies in the SADC region. This network is fulfilling the region’s communication requirements in terms of the ICAO Africa/Indian Ocean (AFI) plan.

The technologically-advanced SADC VSAT II network became operational on 1 December 2007.

The SADC VSAT II network covers 15 Southern and Central African states with links to Accra and Dakar, whilst the North East African Satellite (NAFISAT) network covers 13 countries in East and North African states.

An averaged 99,9% Service Level Availability for these two regional satellite networks has been achieved in the last three quarters of 2013.

A single African sky is a common vision shared by most if not all African ANSPs.


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