Support to the air transport sector and satellite service applications

SAFIR-JPO Working Session 6 in NAIROBI

The Working Session N° 6 took place from 27th to 30th October, 2014 at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The opening ceremony was officiated by Mr Shadrack WESECHERE, Ag Director of the East African School of Aviation (ESASA), representing the Director General of Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). He started his opening remarks by welcoming the delegates, and appreciated the decision to choose Kenya and KCAA in particular as the Host of the Sixth SAFIR Working session. He reiterated the full support of KCAA for the implementation of EGNOS SBAS in Africa.

The main theme of this 4-days workshop was ‘JPO Missions - EGNOS V3 implementation for sub-Saharan Africa’. The working session objectives were to share a common understanding of the current and future missions, the Work programme and status of the EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office (JPO) and to update stakeholders about the EGNOS V3 Governance, Certification and Liability for Africa, with the new concept of modular approach for the implementation of EGNOS in Africa.

Under the new concept of modular approach for the implementation of EGNOS in Africa, key issues to take into account when developing a module were presented. They include decision-making factors, that is the type of Scenario for the module (extension or autonomous), the benefits, cost, timeframe and user readiness.

Based on the key issues mentioned above, new identified potential modules were presented for consideration in the JPO implementation roadmap. This was complemented by ICAO ESAF presentation to update the audience on GNSS RNAV implementation in Africa, and to recall the necessity of harmonization between modules.

The closing ceremony was chaired by Mr. Reuben LUBANGA, ANS Director (KCCA), Mr. Olivier TURCAS as SAFIR Team Leader, Mr. Cumbi Hughes AYINA AKILOTAN (ASECNA & SAFIR PIT) and Mr. Ladislaus MATINDI (JPO Director).Mr. LUBANGA thanked all participants for the fruitful discussions which will help to ensure Africa interest during the implementation of EGNOS in Africa. JPO and SAFIR PIT delivered a vote of thanks on behalf of all participants and appreciation to KCAA’s Nicholas O. ODWAR and Walter MALANGA for facilitating all travel requirements to KENYA.

The next working session will be held early 2015. Venue will be likely Cape Verde, however all details will be communicated to all on due course.