The Independent (Kampala)

Africa: Air Traffic Controllers Discuss Safety

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association (IFATCA) has met in Kampala for the last three days [from Nov. 7 to 9] to discuss about safety issues in the aviation industry.

IFATCA is an umbrella organisation that brings together professional associations of air traffic controllers from Africa and the Middle East. This is the third time Uganda is hosting the IFATCA meeting under the auspices of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The last meeting was held in 2004.

Alexis Brathwaite, the IFATCA's president and chief executive officer said for the last 51 years, IFATCA has encouraged collaboration among the aviation community by fostering professionalism among the members and contributing to the evolution of aviation standards and procedures.

"We have demonstrated with integrity that IFATCA's primary objective is the sustainability of a safe, efficient and resilient air traffic management system," Brathwaite said.

James Abraham Byandala, the Ugandan minister of works and transport said in a statement that the Ugandan government is working with its development partners to modernise aeronautical infrastructure in the country. Byandala said, in 2007 the government acquired a modern air traffic control radar in order to elevate the level of air traffic management in the country.

The minister said, as the global air traffic increases, it presents greater challenges and also that means increased responsibility for the air traffic controllers.

"Therefore the need for training, re-training and retention of high quality Air traffic Controllers cannot be overemphasised," he said.

This year's meeting was organised under the theme: "Together safe skies".

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