TCAA, Indra Avitech sign 9bn/- deal to boost flight safety

DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has signed a 9bn/- contract with M/s Indra Avitech GmbH to pave a way for the implementation of various activities geared to improve flight safety.

The unveiled one-and-a-half-year deal involves designing, supplying, installing, testing, Integrating, and commissioning an aeronautical information management system.

The signed contract which is part of transition Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) to Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) is TCAA’s contribution towards improving flight safety in Tanzanian airspace through the provision of the right, safety-critical, high-quality aeronautical information in the place and at the right time for their stakeholders.

A statement issued by TCAA on Friday, stated that TCAA is currently implementing plans to modernise its aeronautical Information system by providing a dynamic, integrated management of aeronautical information through provision and exchange of quality-assured digital aeronautical data in collaboration with all parties to ensure safety, regularity, and efficiency of national and international air navigation.

According to TCAA, the objectives of the Aeronautical Information Management System project implementation aim at enhancing an AIM system in improving data accuracy, accessibility, and efficiency aligning to Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) requirements, and compliance with national and international standards.

“The AIM system software shall consist of an Integrated Aeronautical Information System that includes a centralized aeronautical database in AIXM version 5. x (the latest version available in the market).

“The software allows aeronautical data to be stored and transferred to specialized software for the automated production of aeronautical products in compliance with steps 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, and 20 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) “Roadmap Transition from AIS to AIM” aligned with the global air navigation plan as a path to reach SWIM”. Flight Procedure Design Software is also included to be implemented within this Project,” the statement read.

TCAA attributed in the statement that after signing the deal, all systems hardware (servers, virtualization servers, storage units) will be placed at Julius Nyerere International Airport Area Control Centre (JNIA – ACC) with a dual split Core room configuration to be deployed, Operational (1+1 fully redundant) and Training/backup environment will be provided.

“The implementation of this project will enable TCAA to consolidate the provision of aeronautical information, improve data integrity, and facilitate interoperability through the alignment to ASBU and compliance with ICAO SARPS,” the statement added.

TCAA has been manually managing its aeronautical information, NOTAMs, producing key AIM documents such as Aeronautical Information Publication, and providing flight planning and pre-flight briefing services.

The automation of these processes will enhance TCAA compliance with the relevant International Civil Aviation Organization Standards and Recommended Procedures and benefit our stakeholders in terms of improvement in AIM service delivery.

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