Late last year, ATNS requested the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional (ESAF) Office to convene an ATM/CM similar to those held in 2013 in Swaziland with a view to address several issues related to strategic and tactical coordination of air traffic, as well other incidental issues. This has resulted in the convening of this ATM/CM-SAF in Johannesburg.
Due consideration was given to the issues that have been highlighted from various stakeholders concerned with the safety, efficiency and environmental protection in the air navigation activities. ATNS presented a number of Discussion papers, which amongst others, called for the discussion on the ongoing occurrences of Air Traffic Management (ATM) co-ordination failures between South African and adjacent Flight Information Regions (FIRs) that are impacting aviation safety.
Issues relating to Air Traffic Service routes were also discussed. It has been agreed that industry players should continue to develop efficient Air Traffic Services (ATS) route trajectories through the AFI ATS Route Catalogue based on efficiency, preferred profiles and environmental protection to support airspace optimization and Performance Based Navigation (PBN) implementation in the AFI Region. These routes will be implemented in May 2015.
The Chairperson of the SADC ATM/CM and ATNS ATM Senior Manager, Jeoffrey Matshoba, said he was confident that most of the safety issues identified will be resolved by the next meeting. “The meeting resolved that practical remedial solutions should be implemented as a matter of urgency. The estimated coordination risk could be considerably lower if all the African States could implement certain critical safety initiatives”, said Matshoba. (africanaerospace, photo : Zakysant)