Daily Archives: January 9, 2018

L’ASECNA s’apprête à déployer un ADS-B basé dans l’espace en Afrique occidentale et centrale

Aireon et l’Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA) intégreront la surveillance du trafic aérien en temps réel aux axes terrestre africains à forte circulation

MCLEAN, Virginie, 9 janvier 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir signé un accord de services de données avec l’Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA). Créée en décembre 1959, l’ASECNA est une organisation publique internationale composée de 18 États membres, dont le siège social se situe à Dakar (SÉNÉGAL).https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_u7i3s0py/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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Les États membres de l’ASECNA sont les suivants : Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, République centrafricaine, Comores, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinée-Bissau, Guinée équatoriale, France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad et Togo.

L’ASECNA est l’un des plus grands fournisseurs de services de navigation aérienne (FSNA) d’Afrique, couvrant 16,1 millions de kilomètres carrés d’espace aérien, via six régions d’information de vol (FIR, pour Flight Information Region) – Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar océanique, Dakar terrestre, Niamey et N’Djamena.

L’ASECNA est responsable des services de trafic aérien dans une part significative du continent africain, gérant les routes fréquemment empruntées entre l’Europe, l’Afrique de l’Est et du Sud, et l’Amérique du Sud. Grâce aux données AireonSM, dès 2019, l’ASECNA sera en mesure d’introduire un degré continu de surveillance, augmentant l’infrastructure existante et complétant la couverture de l’intégralité de son espace aérien. Ceci améliorera significativement la disponibilité des services destinés aux compagnies aériennes, et renforcera la sécurité et l’efficience au sein de l’espace aérien africain.

« L’étendue du territoire dont est responsable l’ASECNA pose un immense défi en termes de surveillance, notamment parce qu’il n’est pas toujours possible d’installer ou de maintenir une infrastructure terrestre », a déclaré Mohamed MOUSSA, directeur général, « Grâce à l’ADS-B basé dans l’espace d’Aireon, nous regardons vers l’avenir, en augmentant notre capacité et en fournissant une surveillance complète du trafic aérien en temps réel à nos compagnies aériennes. Ceci fournira non seulement un niveau de disponibilité des services nettement supérieur, mais augmentera également significativement la sécurité, dans la mesure où les contrôleurs pourront visualiser tous les avions, en temps réel, au sein de l’espace aérien de l’ASECNA. La sécurité constituera toujours pour nous une priorité absolue, et nous sommes impatients de bénéficier de la surveillance en temps réel dans cette région du continent africain. »

« L’accord avec l’ASECNA constitue une étape majeure en direction de la sécurité et de l’efficience en Afrique occidentale et centrale, permettant à 17 États africains de franchir une étape importante en direction de quelques uns des objectifs majeurs du Plan mondial de navigation aérienne de l’OACI », a déclaré Don Thoma, PDG d’Aireon. « La sécurité constitue depuis longtemps une priorité absolue dans la région, et nous sommes fiers de travailler aux côtés d’organisations leaders telles que l’ASECNA. Pour la première fois, plus de la moitié de l’espace aérien africain fera l’objet d’une surveillance du trafic aérien en temps réel. »

L’ASECNA rejoint d’autres FSNA africains dans le cadre du déploiement d’ADS-B basés dans l’espace. La société sud-africaine Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) et l’Autorité de l’aviation civile des Seychelles (SCAA) ont également signé des accords au cours des 18 derniers mois.

Pour en savoir plus sur Aireon, rendez-vous sur : Aireon.com
Pour en savoir plus sur l’ASECNA, rendez-vous sur : ASECNA.Aero

À propos d’Aireon LLC

Aireon déploie un système mondial de surveillance dépendante automatique en mode diffusion (ADS-B, pour Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) basé dans l’espace, capable de surveiller et de suivre en temps réel les avions équipés d’ADS-B à travers le monde. Ce système sera utilisé pour fournir une couverture ADS-B qui englobera les régions océaniques, polaires et reculées, au sein desquelles les systèmes de surveillance actuels se limitent à la visibilité directe et aux zones densément peuplées. Aireon exploitera les avancées de l’ADS-B actuellement en cours, et les développera à l’échelle mondiale afin d’améliorer significativement l’efficience, d’étendre la sécurité, de réduire les émissions, et de fournir des économies de coûts aux parties prenantes du secteur de l’aviation. En partenariat avec plusieurs FSNA leaders à travers le monde, tels que NAV CANADA, ENAV, l’Autorité irlandaise de l’aviation (IAA), Naviair et Iridium Communications, Aireon développe un système de surveillance du trafic aérien opérationnel, mondial et basé dans l’espace, qui devrait être disponible d’ici 2018. Pour en savoir plus sur Aireon, rendez-vous sur : www.aireon.com.

CONTACT :
Jessie Hillenbrand
Aireon
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Jessie.Hillenbrand@Aireon.com

ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon and Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will bring real-time air traffic surveillance to high-trafficked, terrestrial African corridors

MCLEAN, Virginia, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in December 1959 is an international public organization of 18 members States which headquarters is located in Dakar (SENEGAL).https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_u7i3s0py/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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ASECNA’s members states are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Centrafrique, Comores, Congo, Côte d’ivoire, Gabon, Guinée Bissau, Guinée Equatoriale, France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad and Togo.

ASECNA is one of Africa’s largest Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), covering 16.1 million square kilometers of airspace, through six Flight Information Regions (FIRs) – Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar Oceanic, Dakar Terrestrial, Niamey and N’Djamena.

ASECNA is responsible for air traffic services in a significant part of the African continent, handling frequently traveled routes between Europe, East and Southern Africa and South America. With AireonSM data, as early as 2019, ASECNA will be able to introduce a continuous layer of surveillance, augmenting existing infrastructure and completing coverage for their entire airspace. This will significantly improve service availability to airlines and enhance safety and efficiency in African airspace.

“The vastness of the landmass that ASECNA is responsible for poses an immense surveillance challenge, especially because it is not always possible to install or maintain ground infrastructure,” said Mohamed MOUSSA, ASECNA Director General, “With Aireon’s space-based ADS-B, we are looking towards the future, augmenting our capability and providing full, real-time air traffic surveillance to our airlines. This will not only provide a much higher level of availability of services, but will also significantly increase safety, as controllers will be able to see all aircraft, in real-time, across the ASECNA airspace. Safety will always be our top priority, and we look forward to having real-time surveillance in this part of the African continent.”

“The Agreement with ASECNA is a major step towards safety and efficiency in Western and Central Africa, allowing 17 African States to make a major step towards some of the main goals of the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan,” said Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon. “Safety has long been a top priority in the region, and we are proud to be working with leading organizations such as ASECNA. For the first time, more than half of the African airspace will be under real-time air traffic surveillance.”

ASECNA joins other African ANSPs in the deployment of space-based ADS-B. South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) and Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) have also signed agreements over the last 18 months.

For information about Aireon, visit: Aireon.com
For information about ASECNA, visit: ASECNA.Aero

About Aireon LLC

Aireon is deploying a global, space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system capable of surveilling and tracking ADS-B equipped aircraft around the globe in real-time. The system will be used to provide ADS-B coverage that will span oceanic, polar and remote regions, where current surveillance systems are limited to line-of-sight and densely populated areas. Aireon will harness ADS-B advancements already underway and extend them globally in order to significantly improve efficiency, expand safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings to aviation stakeholders. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, NAV CANADA, ENAV, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is developing an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system expected to be available by 2018. For more information about Aireon, visit: www.aireon.com.

CONTACT:
Jessie Hillenbrand
Aireon
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BRAND SA APPLAUDS SOUTH AFRICA’S IMPROVEMENT IN 2017 ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX

JOHANNESBURG, Brand South Africa, the agency set up by the government to promote a positive image for the country, has applauded South Africa’s improvement in the 2017 Economic Freedom Index, saying this reflects the country’s strong institutions and an independent legal system.

The index, released by the Heritage Foundation, the conservative public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., placed South Africa 81st out of 180 countries, with an overall economic freedom score of 62.3, up 0.4 point from 2016 and making it a “moderately free” economy.

The index covers 10 types of economic freedom, grouped into four categories from property rights to entrepreneurship. Each of these categories is graded on a scale of 0 to 100, where a higher score indicates a better performance.

South Africa’s improvement was a result of better scores in the property rights, government integrity and judicial effectiveness sections.

South Africa’s property rights are relatively well protected, and contracts are generally secure hence the improvement to 67.6 in 2017, Brand South Africa chief executive officer Kingsley Makhubela said here Monday.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index indicates that South Africa benefits from strong institutions and an independent legal framework, and therefore it is no surprise that our strongest performance indicator in this index is anchored on the category of Rule of Law.

Brand SA noted that, at 81 out of 180 countries, South Africa had outperformed its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) counterparts in the index, with China coming in at 111 with a score of 57.4 for economic freedom while Russia was positioned at 114 with a score of 57.1.

Brazil and India were ranked at 140 and 143 respectively, with economic freedom scores of 52.9 and 52.6.

Makhubela said the upward trend in South Africa’s competitive performance was pleasing, particularly after it briefly slipped into a technical recession in 2017 for the time since 2009.

Economic freedom is about much more than a business environment where business flourishes, it has a far reaching impact on other aspects such as human development and the power of choice, he said. Consequently, it remains imperative for South Africa to continue safeguarding openness to its market, government size and rule of law.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Nigeria Commission Sets Date for 2019 Presidential Election

ABUJA, NIGERIA Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission says that presidential and national assembly elections will be held on Feb. 16, 2019.

The commission made the announcement Tuesday while outlining the 2019 general election timetable. It said the presidential and national assembly primaries will begin in August and campaigning in November of this year.

The commission says elections for governor, state assembly and other local offices will take place March 2, 2019.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari beat incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the March 2015 presidential election. It’s not clear if Buhari, who has faced health issues, will run again.

The 2019 vote will be the ninth presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation since its independence from Britain in 1960.

Nigeria’s ongoing challenges include the deadly Boko Haram insurgency and a weak economy.

Source: Voice of America

Egypt, Eritrea Leaders Meet as Nile Tensions Rise

CAIRO Egypt’s president and his Eritrean counterpart met in Cairo on Monday amid heightened tensions with Sudan and Ethiopia over border disputes and the construction of a massive upstream Nile dam.

Egypt fears the soon-to-be completed dam in Ethiopia could cut into its share of the river, which provides nearly all its freshwater. Eritrea and Ethiopia have long been bitter rivals and went to war in the late 1990s. Ethiopia denies it is cutting into Egypt’s share of the Nile, and has accused Eritrea of training rebels to carry out sabotage attacks on the dam.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hosted Isaias Afwerki at the presidential palace. The two sides have agreed on continuing intensive cooperation in all issues related to the current situation to support the security and stability in the region, Egyptian presidency spokesman Bassam Radi said, referring to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea strait of Bab al-Mandab as two major areas for ensuring stability.

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network recently reported that Egypt is deploying troops in Eritrea. The Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization, an Eritrean opposition group, last year claimed that Egypt is building a military base on Eritrea’s Dahlak island and will deploy up to 30,000 Egyptian naval forces.

Eritrean Information Minister Yemane G. Meske denied the Al-Jazeera report in a tweet this week, saying: Al-Jazeera News Channel seems to relish propagating false and preposterous news on Eritrea: latest is phantom deployment of Egyptian troops/weapons!

Egypt’s relations with Sudan, which has lent support to Ethiopia in the Nile dispute, have meanwhile deteriorated.

Sudan recalled its ambassador for consultation last week, and has said a 2016 maritime demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia infringes on its territorial waters. The waters in question are off the coast of an Egyptian-held border region claimed by Sudan. Egypt’s pro-government media have accused Sudan of conspiring against Cairo with Turkey and Qatar.

Ethiopia says the $5 billion dam is essential for its economic development, noting that the vast majority of its 95 million people lack electricity. The dam’s hydroelectric plant will generate over 6,400 megawatts, a massive boost to the country’s current production of 4,000 Megawatts.

Egypt, with a population roughly equal to Ethiopia’s, receives the lion’s share of the Nile’s waters under agreements from 1929 and 1959 that other Nile nations say are unfair and ignore the needs of their own large and growing populations.

Source: Voice of America