CAA migrates from manual to automated electronic airspace management system

Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority {CAA} became the first African country/organization to Host the Global Aeronautical Information Management Conference that brings together aeronautical experts from around the world, to deliberate on the growing changes in the aviation industry.
The three day conference; which ran from 23rd to 25th May 2017 took place at Kampala Serena Hotel and attracted more than 60 delegates from all over the globe. Minister of Works and Transport Hon Monica Azuba Ntege represented Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda at the Conference. While reading the Prime Minister’s speech, she said the major focus of this year’s conference is communication between ground to air and plane to plane so that they all keep track of each other to avoid air calamities.
“While air transport is known to be the safest mode of transport, communication is still the leading tool they all need to stop unfortunate air calamities which are disastrous when they happen,” reads PM Rugunda’s speech in part.
The theme of the conference was dubbed: “No AIS Left Behind”. Prime Minister Rugunda’s speech further expressed gratitude to the Global AIM for choosing Uganda to host this conference.
“It’s an honor for us as a country to be the host, considering that we are currently doing a number of infrastructural developments in line with the Global Air Navigation plans and regionally agreed targets,” PM Rugunda added.
Minister Azuba said in the next few months, CAA Uganda will undertake upgrade of the communication line from Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network {AFTN} to more modern Air Traffic Service Massage Handling System {ATSMHS} to support transfer of more advanced data over the time.
 
“The Air Traffic Services Management System and Air Traffic Control Rader at Entebbe have just been upgraded and this has led to migration from use of manual to automated electronic strips, which has reduced voice to voice communication. The ATC Rader can now integrate with Next Gen Technologies and can use data links with the Automatic Dependency Surveillance Broadcast {ADSB} in line with ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrade {ASBU}”, she added.
On his part, Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Bagiire said; as a highly specialized discipline, aviation calls for regular professional interactions, aimed at benchmarking to ensure implementation of best industry practices across the board. “Efforts to ensure that “NO AIS LEFT BEHINDE” in line with this conference theme ought to be applauded as the transition from Aeronautical Information Service to Aeronautical Information Management will ensure that there is enhancement of safety through reduction in human errors”, he said.
He added that; as a result of this transition, Uganda’s airspace users now enjoy the convenience to perform flight planning, self briefing and access to electronic information publications using any web enabled device.
Aeronautical information service is the mandate of each country, which in many cases is delegated to aviation authorities like CAA in Uganda’s case, to ensure that all users of the airspace get sufficient and timely information on air navigation facilities and services for safe, secure and efficient flights.
Previously the conferences have been held in Rio de Janeiro (2016), Hanoi, Vietnam (2015, UAE, Turkey, Portugal and Argentina respectively. By Ambrose Gahene

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