SITA hands ICAO African air safety database


Global air transport communications and IT solution provider SITA has delivered a database on the capacity and demand for aviation training in Africa to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

SITA says the database isthe result of a comprehensive survey of more than 100 stakeholders in the African aviation industry. The online database was developed with the assistance of air traffic management consultancy Helios at the request of ICAO and is part of its Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa (Africa-Indian Ocean (AFI) Plan).

The AFI Plan addresses the concerns expressed by the ICAO Council on the safety status of aircraft operations in the AFI Region. The SITA/Helios team worked closely with the AFI Training Experts Working Group to design a survey that would assess the aviation training needs and resources of the Continent and to ensure that the data collected would inform future roadmaps for training harmonisation.

SITA Regional Vice President Africa, Rob Watkins, speaking at a ICAO regional seminar in Mozambique this week, said: “This survey has been a significant undertaking. More than 100 detailed responses were gathered from, training organisations, regulators, air navigation service providers, airlines and maintenance organisations across Africa.
“SITA’s in-country experts ensured that a wide cross section of stakeholders responded fully, guaranteeing that the information gathered will be put to good use to help improve aviation safety in Africa. SITA’s contribution demonstrates our commitment and dedication to the air transport community in Africa.”

From the surveys and face-to-face consultations, key themes on training availability and harmonization across Africa were identified and presented to the AFI Training Experts Working Group. These included discussion on syllabus development, regional coordination and information sharing, SITA said in a media statement. States in the region are now encouraged to make use of the secure online database.

Recommendations and an action plan for harmonizing aviation training in Africa were adopted at the Pan-African Aviation Training Coordination Conference held in Cairo, where over 30 African States were represented.