DAR ES SALAAM: TANZANIA Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) is committed to continue modernising its Aeronautical Information System (AIS) by improving the navigation system to ensure flight safety hence attracting more plane companies to access the country’s airspace.
The obligation is Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)’s section deliberate plan to improve the AIS by providing dynamic and integrated management of AIS through the provision and exchange of quality-assured digital databases which will make Tanzania’s air system suitable for investors due to safety.
Currently, TCAA has been managing its AIS manually under the Notice to Air Missions systems (NOTAMs), relying on the manual publication of the communication documents thus, and enabling a digital system that will lead to more efficiency.
TCAA’s Director General, Mr Hamza Johari made the remarks recently after signing the contract with Indra Avitech Company worth 9bn/- for the installation of an Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS), a digital-based system.
“As part of improving our communication in our airspace, we have granted the opportunity to this aeronautical company to make the installation of the digital-based database to improve our communication levels,” said Mr Johari.
Additionally, “We started with radar installation which is now completed but it is not quite enough without improving the sound systems, so we started working on improving the Very High Frequency (VHF) radio project which has so far reached 60 per cent,” he added.
The AIM system software shall consist of an integrated aeronautical information system that includes a centralised aeronautical database in Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) version 5, which is the latest version available on the market.
Furthermore, the system’s application is obligated to improve data accuracy and efficiency aligning with Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) matching with the international standards.
Moreover, DG Johari stressed that the aviation authority is optimistic about improving communication advancements matching the global standards supervised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) thus; having Indra Avitech in the project will lead to more performances.