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Africa Aviation Safety- not so good

African Aviation Growth- could be great

European Union finances needed ATC upgrade

Below is a most encouraging article about upgrading Africa’s Air Traffic Control technology. The ICAO safety statistics strongly endorse the need to improve the region accident record as demonstrated by this chart:

While Africa’s trend line is improving, it remains as the region with the highest hull loss rate:








ICAO’s President has identified Africa as a continent in need of substantial infrastructure investment:ICAO hull loss chart


ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu delivered a stark caution: the realization of better air connectivity in Africa, and the crucial sustainable development it promises, will only be accomplished through the mobilization of sufficient and appropriate investment.



“It is especially urgent for Africa to address its aviation infrastructure gaps, given current and high levels of awareness of how air connectivity has become such a unique and indispensable catalyst for socio-economic growth on this continent,” Dr. Aliu remarked at the 2019 Aviation Infrastructure for Africa Gap Analysis Workshop.

ICAO long-term traffic forecasts presently indicate that passenger and freight traffic for the African region are expected to grow by 4.3 per cent and 3.8 per cent annually through 2035. Currently accounting for four per cent of global air transport services, Africa presents the highest potential for growth out of all of ICAO’s global regions.

…Dr Aliu insisted. “But rapidly-expanding air traffic and enhanced air connectivity can only be sustained with continued investment and development for aviation infrastructure, capacity and technology, supported by a regulatory framework which is ICAO compliant and therefore harmonized with other States and Regions.”

Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu

The case for the US to become involved in African safety is well established, but the FAA’s presence on the continent has diminished particularly when a most effective outreach program was cancelled. The void is quickly being filled by others.

Earlier the next article was introduced as being “encouraging”, a word selected to connote that it was less than 100% positive. The lesser adjective was chosen because the African  ATC upgrade is being financed by EASA and is being installed by European companies.

EU Team

Africa ATC


Africa’s airspace to get safety boost from ASECNA’s new leading-edge satellite positioning tech


posted onSEPTEMBER 15, 2020

Press release — The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, (L’Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar) ASECNA [1]has started to broadcast a SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) signal over Africa & Indian Ocean (AFI) region, providing the first SBAS open service in this part of the world via NIGCOMSAT-1R Satellite managed and operated by Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd under Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria.

NigCom and Commerce& Digital

This early open service is provided as part of the ‘SBAS for Africa & Indian Ocean’ programme which pursues the autonomous provision over the continent of SBAS services, to augment the performances of the satellite navigation constellations GPS and Galileo.

With improved accuracy to within a meter, and boosted integrity, availability and continuity of safety-related applications, these SBAS services will improve flight safety and efficiency in Africa, and also benefit to the economy in many areas as land, sea and rail transport, as well as mass market applications, supporting user safety, cost-effectiveness and sustainable development.

The launched open service essentially aims to carry-out technical trials, and to undertake with partner airlines field demonstrations for aircraft and rotorcraft, to demonstrate the benefits of the future operational safety-of-life SBAS services, expected from 2024.

It will also include early Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and emergency warning service to populations, which performance will be proven through other demonstrations.

The signal-in-space is generated by a dedicated system testbed, developed as part of the “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” preliminary design phase, financed by the European Union and awarded to Thales Alenia Space, Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%).

The “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” is based on the European EGNOS [1] developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) acting under delegation of the European Commission and operated by the European GNSS Agency GSA


It is compliant to the Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and the Minimum Operational Performance Standard developed by the RTCA (Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics) organisation.


“We are proud to be part of this ambitious program to provide satellite navigation services in the

dr.-Abimbola-Alale Africa and Indian Ocean region. The use of our geostationary communication satellite NIGCOMSAT-1R navigation payload to broadcast the first signal will be Africa’s premier contribution to SBAS as a regional satellite-based augmentation system for the continent,” declared Dr. Abimbola Alale, the chief executive of NIGCOMSAT Ltd.



“Our longstanding expertise acquired with the development of EGNOS1 SBAS in Europe and KASS SBAS in Korea combined with our new leading-edge satellite positioning technologies makes Thales Alenia Space the ideal partner to best support countries to implement their own SBAS efficiently,” said Benoit Broudy, the vice president of the Navigation business at Thales Alenia Space in France.

Perhaps there is some good news… China is not leading this invasion of Africa

[1] It manages 16.1 million square kilometres of airspace (1.5 times the size of Europe) covering six Flight Information Regions (FIRs) – AntananarivoBrazzaville, Dakar Oceanic and Terrestrial, Niamey[1] and N’Djamena. ASECNA Air Traffic Control centres are based at international airports in each of these cities.



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