SCAA hosts regional air traffic management meeting


16-July-2013

The opening session of the meeting yesterday


The meeting, which opened yesterday, is being held at the International Conference Centre (ICCS). 

In his opening remarks, the chief executive of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Gilbert Faure, said that the SCAA is pleased to host such an important meeting which will permit to further strategise and improve air traffic in the region as well as review the communication infrastructure in space.
 
He stressed that as coordination issues are never easy to address, the meeting was crucial in the upkeep and improvement in air security and will also allow discussion on policy matters common to the region.

“It is important to bear in mind that our work has an overall impact on the safety of air traffic; I hope that you will address deficiencies related to your respective FIRs and provide a conducive environment for safe and efficient conduct of air traffic services in our region.  It is very imperative that a high level of safety is maintained on a regional level,” he told the delegates.

The meeting will be addressing air traffic coordination and related safety and efficiency issues between adjacent airspaces and focus on FIRs covering Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) expects that states responsible for the provision of air traffic services in adjacent airspaces meet regularly to address issues related to operational and coordination of aircraft, and aeronautical communications between them. 

This is precisely what is being done by participants from the AFI countries over those three days.
The SCAA is for the first time hosting such a coordination meeting.

During the three days, participants will be discussing among other topics, route trajectory and air space, search and rescue operations and elimination of duplications.

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