SIA wins orders in Botswana


The BEE airports technology company gains two orders in Botswana.SIA Solutions, a BEE airports and aviation technology company, has won a
multimillion-rand tender. The contract covers the supply, installation,
commissioning and maintenance of non-directional beacons (NDBs) at two Botswana

The company says the tender for the NDB navigational equipment was issued by Botswana`s Civil Aviation Department, on behalf of the Selebi Phikwe and Ghanzi airports.

The wikipedia explains that a NDB is a radio transmitter at a known location, used as an aviation or marine navigational aid.

The online encyclopaedia adds that NDBs remain popular, despite the advent of more modern navigation means such VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) systems and global positioning system navigation.

SIA Solutions MD Ntsane Kolisang says the deal is the latest of several in SA and abroad.

The company already has several maintenance and repair contracts outside SA. “It is another confirmation and a greatly plausible assertion that our capabilities and expertise are on a par with the rest of the world, having won against two multinational companies.”

SIA`s previous Botswana work included repairs of parts for ground-based navigational systems, including NDBs, VORs, instrument landing systems (ILSs) and distance measuring equipment.

SIA Solutions also recently did work in Morocco, on behalf of original equipment manufacturer Selex.

“A Selex ILS had been installed at Inezgane Airport and the local company had requested assistance to commission and flight-calibrate the system. A senior technician from SIA Solutions was sent to Morocco and, despite the language difficulties between French, English and Arabic, this system was successfully commissioned and calibrated,” says Kolisang.

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