Africa Quarterly Update 2018

 Quarter 4, 2018

In September, the CANSO Africa Conference 2018took place in Mombasa, Kenya, hosted by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). The lead sponsor was Aireon. 197 delegates attended from 27 countries. The focus of the event was on the role of collaborative decision-making (CDM) and air traffic flow management (ATFM) in achieving seamless operations in air traffic management (ATM) and the steps required for successful implementation across Africa.

Together, CANSO Members Aeroportos de Mocambique E.P.ATNS, Civil Aviation Authority Uganda, Ghana Civil Aviation AuthorityKenya Civil Aviation AuthorityNigerian Airspace Management AgencyTanzania Civil Aviation Authority, and Zambia Airports Corporation Limited, alongside the East African Community and other key aviation industry stakeholders, committed to creating and supporting a CANSO ATFM and CDM initiative to help to further improve the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of African airspace. The Mombasa ATFM Roadmap will encourage cross-industry collaboration and use of technology in successfully implementing CDM, A-CDM and ATFM in the region.

Quarter 3, 2018

In June, CANSO met with the Central Atlantic FIR Satellite Network (CAFSAT) Management Committee (CNMC/8) and Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A Interoperability Team (SAT/FIT/13), and attended the Twenty Third Meeting of the improvement of Air Traffic Services over the South Atlantic (SAT/23).

During these meetings, CANSO addressed the challenges to safe and efficient crossing of flight information region (FIR) boundaries in Africa and highlighted the important role that ANSPs can play in addressing FIR and collaborative decision-making (CDM) issues. CANSO highlighted how Automation Interface Between Flight Information Regions: Best Practice Guide for ANSPs is helping ANSPs in dealing with inconsistencies in filed flight plans and problems in transitioning between surveillance and non-surveillance airspaces. CANSO also spoke about how the CDM model can assist aviation stakeholders in working with each other towards a common objective of delivering safe, efficient and sustainable air transport services.

To address this topic further, the theme of the CANSO Africa Conference 2018 is Improving Efficiency through Collaborative Decision Making and Air Traffic Flow Management. The conference will take place on 3-5 September in the beautiful Whitesands Resort, Mombasa, Kenya. Find out more on the events page.

Quarter 2, 2018

The CANSO Africa ATM Safety Peer Review Initiative continues to make good progress. In March, Team 3 – Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, NAMA and ROBERTS FIR – met in Ghana, hosted by GCAA. Following the initial review in Nigeria, the meeting concluded that participation in the review exercise had been valuable and NAMA had improved its safety management systems (SMS) as a result.

In March, CANSO participated in ICAO's AFI Air Traffic Services (ATS) Incident Analysis Group (AIAG). This meeting analysed the reports containing undesired safety incidents in all ANSPs in Africa with the aim of finding ways of mitigation. The mandate of the ATS Incidents Analysis Group is to review annually all the ATS incidents reports available to the group from any source, with a view to identifying causes, trends and remedial actions that may prevent re-occurrence.

CANSO organised a CDM and A-CDM Symposium in South Africa in March. Hosted by ATNS and supported by ICAO, it was attended by airports, ANSPs, IATA and the National Department of Transport of South Africa. Participants discussed the low rate of CDM implementation in the region, and the need for industry stakeholders to work together to enable effective information sharing and continuity of service. CANSO, IATA and ATNS agreed to champion implementation in the continent, and The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), IATA and ATNS agreed to support all who need guidance and modelling. This could include establishing 'Go Teams' across the continent, and creating guidance material and clear KPIs rather than more regulations to help create uniformity and standards. Safety was also deemed an important focus area.

Quarter 1, 2018

The CANSO Africa ATM Safety Peer Review Initiative continues to make good progress.The peer group ofNAMA, GCAA, and Roberts FIR conducted its first review meeting in November 2017. GCAA and Roberts FIR reviewed the host NAMA, with Nigeria CAA in attendance. The next review meeting will be hosted by GCAA in Accra, Ghana, in February.

CANSO attended the ICAO Twenty First Meeting of the African-Indian Ocean Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APIRG/21) held in Nairobi. All the regional building blocks were invited to develop a roadmap, in consultation with users, to implement seamless, harmonised, interoperable air traffic management systems and procedures. CANSO will assist by organising workshops where regional building blocks can agree the basis for timely, coordinated and efficient implementation of future technologies and procedures, while taking advantage of existing ones. To that effect CANSO is organising an A-CDM and CDM conference in partnership with ICAO in Durban in March for all ANSPs in the region. The APIRG/21 meeting also reaffirmed that ANSPs must implement the ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) in line with ICAO requirements and be provided the necessary support.

CANSO was a participant in the annual AVI AFRIQUE 2017: African Aviation Innovation Summit in a session on the SADC Upper Control Centre project (UACC). Initiated by Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States, the primary objective is the seamless regional harmonisation of air traffic in the upper airspace on which CANSO is expected to provide expertise.

In January CANSO attended the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative by the African Union (AU). Bringing a wide range of benefits to aviation in the region, it will help to boost cross-industry collaboration, harmonise airspace and improve ATM performance.

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