Boeing hosts conference to navigate African market issues


Boeing has hosted its first Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) Avionics & Flight Deck African Conference to provide an open forum for discussion of future avionics initiatives and how they will address Africa’s aviation landscape, the aerospace giant has announced.

The conference was held in Johannesburg last week. “This conference provides a great opportunity to listen to our African customers and work together in meeting the needs of the region’s aviation industry,” said Craig Larson, director, CAS Modification Services.

Nearly 32 airline representatives from ten airlines attended the two-day event. The conference featured discussions on how technology is driving changes in African flight operations, how a leading carrier in the region, South African Airways, is taking advantage of performance-based navigation at the Cape Town Airport, and the future state of the region’s air traffic control system.

Earlier this year Airbus subsidiary Quovadis was contracted by South African Airways (SAA) to design required navigation performance (RNP) procedures for Cape Town International Airport in an effort to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

RNP is a type of performance-based navigation that lets aircraft fly the straightest line to a destination, resulting in reduced fuel burn and better management of airspace. RNP procedures will save around 20 nautical miles on arrivals and ten nautical miles on departures at Cape Town.

As part of the contract with SAA, Quovadis will design RNP procedures for the Airbus A320 family (including the A319 and A321), A330 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the company has announced.

Boeing Commercial Aviation Services provides avionics engineering design packages and kits that help customers improve operational capability, reduce operating costs and meet evolving regulatory and airspace requirements.