Africa Quarterly Updates 2015

Quarter Four, 2015

Following the Africa ANSP Safety meeting in Durban in June, and as part of the implementation of the agreed peer support mechanism, CANSO organised a safety train the trainer seminar in Mozambique in September to train safety specialists in the Africa region on safety management systems. It attracted 51 participants from 11 organisations (9 CANSO members and 2 non CANSO members).

All 11 organisations that attended the workshop completed the CANSO Safety Maturity Survey. The survey assesses the level of safety implementation and identifies gaps so that ANSPs can find ways of addressing their safety issues and also benchmark the region in terms of their SMS implementation.

69% of CANSO Members in Africa have now completed the Safety Maturity Survey. The survey results will be analysed by the end of 2015.

Uganda CAA, Kenya CAA and Tanzania CAA, which are piloting the peer support mechanism, have started to implement the peer support mechanism with a series of visits to each other.

The next ANSP meeting will take place in December (in parallel with the APIRG) where ANSPs will present their updates and agree the next steps with dates.


Quarter Three, 2015

CANSO was invited by Malawi to its Aviation Safety Conference, in May. The theme was “Towards an autonomous Civil Aviation Authority” and CANSO made a presentation on “Separation of responsibilities: service provider view”. The outcome of the conference was agreement on the development of the new Malawi Civil Aviation Act, which will establish an autonomous CAA.

In June, ATNS hosted in Durban a series of important meetings for African ANSPs:

  • ANSPs from across Africa met to agree joint steps to improve ATM safety based on the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Safety Management Systems and supporting tools, with peer support between ANSPs. Initially, two groups will conduct mutual reviews: first, ATNS and ASECNA; and, second, the CAAs of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. These groups will report back at the next meeting.
  • The 3rd CANSO Africa Conference was attended by 141 people from 20 African countries. The main conference outcome was agreement on the need for infrastructure development and funding to ensure the sustainability of the aviation industry in Africa.
  • The Africa CEO Committee (AFC3) meeting decided to run a train the trainer course on safety management systems; a PBN implementation course; an ASBU Seminar; as well as a seamless skies workshop by the end of 2015.


Quarter Two, 2015

The ICAO President, Dr Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu, called a meeting in February 2015 of the CAAs and ANSPs from Africa to address some of the air navigation challenges the region is facing. These include the importance of effective oversight with clear delineations between the functions of regulators and air navigation service providers (ANSPs). The President invited ANSPs and CAAs to discuss the concept of both cooperation and self review; and encouraged the sharing of experiences among air navigation service providers. A technical workgroup was established consisting of ASECNA, CANSO, and representatives of Ghana, Nigeria and other States.

In March 2015, CANSO facilitated a follow up meeting, which agreed in principle to adopt the CANSO Standard of Excellence, Safety Management System Implementation Guide and Safety Maturity Survey. The meeting established the Peer Review Steering Committee to manage the process and to clearly differentiate between the mechanisms in use for peer review of the ANSPs compared to that of the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA). The next meeting to discuss the terms of reference and the CANSO standard of excellence document is scheduled for 12 June in Durban.


Quarter One, 2015

An important meeting was held in the margins of the ICAO High Level Safety Conference (HLSC) in Montreal this week when the President of ICAO convened African States and ANSPs to discuss practical means of working together to improve ATM performance in the region, particularly with regard to safety. CANSO was able to make a major contribution to the discussions and will now play a leading role in the follow up actions that were agreed. ICAO, CANSO, ASECNA and Nigeria will steer the way forward. The next meeting will be held alongside the CANSO AFC3 meeting in Madrid next month.

CANSO Africa continues to partner with industry stakeholders in the region with the aim of promoting CANSO and transforming ATM performance in Africa. For example, in November CANSO exhibited during the Airlines Association of Southern Africa Annual General Assembly in Mauritius attended by airlines, airports, CAAs and ANSPs. Also in November CANSO attended an ICAO workshop titled 'ASBU and African Flight Procedure Program' in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The purpose of the workshops was to assess the progress of ASBU implementation by the participants and assist them to plan the implementation of specific modules. The workshop discussed the progress of the implementation of performance-based navigation; having assessed their progress, ANSPs identified development areas with specific timelines.

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