27 March 2012 Africa

The NAFISAT Maintenance Management Centre Master Back-Up Terminal Becomes Reality

ATNS will be inaugurating the much-awaited NAFISAT MMC Master Back-Up Terminal at a special gala dinner.
Air Traffic and Navigations Services (ATNS) South Africa is an active participant in the African Indian-Ocean (AFI) Planning and Implementation Regional Group Eighteenth Meeting (APIRG/18) which is to be held in Kampala, Uganda, from 27th to 30th March 2012.

On the 27th March 2012 - as part of this conference - ATNS will be inaugurating the much-awaited NAFISAT Maintenance Management Centre (MMC) Master Back-up Terminal, at a special gala dinner near the Entebbe International Airport, Uganda.

Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) and Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) in Africa, Aviation Industry experts, delegates from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization, have confirmed their attendance.

The Terminal entails a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) with the capability of providing monitoring and timing functions for the NAFISAT and SADC/2 VSAT networks in the unlikely event that the Master terminal in Johannesburg should fail for some reason. The NAFISAT MMC Master Back-up Terminal is located at Entebbe, Uganda.

Installation of the Terminal was completed on October 4th 2011. On-site training during installation for the CAAU (Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda) Engineers/Engineering Technicians was also completed successfully.

This Terminal also prevents sun interference from interrupting the SADC/2 and NAFISAT network services (sun interference occurs twice annually and lasts for about 4 – 6 minutes). It further acts as a monitoring terminal for the networks - should a problem be experienced in Johannesburg.

The VSAT Manager and his team of technicians located at OR Tambo International Airport is responsible the operation and maintenance of the Terminal. It utilizes the latest VSAT technology that complies with the best practices as well as the requirements stipulated by ICAO. It is rated similar to the latest and best VSAT technology used globally.
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