New aircraft flight plan format for Africa-Indian Ocean region


A group photograph of the delegates at the end of the workshop

The flight plan is a document containing all information regarding an aircraft and its intended itinerary from one airport to another.

This was the focus of a three-day meeting held this week at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay, under the aegis of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to coordinate  the implementation of the new flight plan format and ensure harmonisation of inter-regional as well as global initiatives.

Flight controllers of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) joined with some 40 other delegates from eastern and southern African countries to discuss implementation issues and come up with high level planning strategies for the region.

Changing the format of the flight plan was necessary to accommodate new technologies on aircraft. This includes the destination, number of passengers, flight altitude and other relevant information.

The SCAA, a core member of the African and Indian Ocean Task Force, has already engaged itself fully to update its flight data processing system (FDPS) so as to meet the new flight plan implementation deadline.

Besides Seychelles, countries taking part were Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Somalia and Guinea-Conakry.

The International Federation for Traffic Controllers Associations also had representatives at the meeting. 


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