Joint Air-Authority Already Determined!

Having tried to run its airspace on its own, Mogadishu is now seeking a joint arrangement with Hargeisa.

Air Traffic control

Air Traffic Controller

Since 5 October, the Somaliland minister for aviation and airports, Farhan Adan Haibe, and his Ogaden Somali counterpart, Salad Abdullahi Omar, have been in secret talks in Mogadishu in the hope of reaching an agreement to jointly manage their airspace. This initiative comes on the heels of the rejection by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the unilateral application to manage the airspace submitted by the Somali head of civil aviation, Yusuf Abdi Abdulle, an ally of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo from the Hawiye clan who has been running Mogadishu airport since 1991.

The ICAO suggested that Somalia develop a plan to manage the airspace jointly with the Somaliland authorities. In order to facilitate the negotiations, the two parties have called on the services of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a private mediation organisation with offices in Geneva and Nairobi. It has already been agreed that the two ministers will submit a draft document on the joint management of Somali airspace to the ICAO in January 2018 which includes details of how the revenues will be divided.

Beyond purely economic considerations, this initiative has obvious political implications. If it should succeed, it could serve as a platform for the resumption of dialogue between Somaliland and Somalia, possibly in the course of next year. What’s more, this airspace co-management project has the backing of both the Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud, known as Silanyo, and his Somali counterpart.

Source: ION, October 20, 2017.

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The Somali coast as seen from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s plane as it nears the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Leonardo signs two air traffic control contracts with Somalia

Leonardo will provide a national air control centre (ACC) and three air control towers which will be installed in the major airports of the country.

Italian aerospace and defence group Leonardo has strengthened its presence in the air traffic control sector in Africa through the recent signing of two contracts that envisage the supply of ATC systems in Somalia and Sudan.

The Italian company made the announcement during the African Air Show 2017, which is taking place in the city of Accra, in Ghana, in which the company is taking part with its own exhibition space.

The first contract was signed in Montreal with International the Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which signed it on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia. Leonardo, via its Kenya-based unit Selex ES Technologies Limited, will provide a national air control centre (ACC) and three air control towers which will be installed in the major airports of the country for a total of 16 operator stations, in addition to a VHF radio system and a satellite network.

Abstracted from an original article in Il Sole 24 Ore (Leonardo: firma due contratti per controllo traffico aereo con Somalia e Sudan).

Source: Italian Collection, October 25, 2017.

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Leonardo providing air traffic control systems to Africa

Leonardo has recently signed two contracts to provide air traffic control (ATC) systems for Somalia and Sudan.

The first contract was signed in Montreal with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia, Leonardo announced last month. The company, with the support of its local subsidiary Selex ES Technologies Limited (SETL, based in Kenya), will provide a national Area Control Centre (ACC) as well as three tower control centres for three major airports, for a total of 16 operator control positions, along with a VHF radio system and satellite network.

The systems will be operational by mid-2018 and will guarantee the total management and control of the Somali air traffic. The national area control centre will integrate a wide range of products and tools to comply with various operational requirements and Air Traffic Management environments, ranging from large, nation-wide, en-route area control centres to small approach and tower control units.

Leonardo will also provide the Sudan Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) with a nation-wide ADS-B network and will upgrade four secondary radar systems, which SCAA acquired in 2009 from Leonardo and are currently operational in Khartoum, Port Sudan, Dongola and El Obeid.

The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. Leonardo ground stations receive information about altitude, airspeed, and location derived through GPS from an equipped aircraft. This allows air traffic controllers use the information to “see” participating aircraft in real time, improving traffic management. The secondary radars will be upgraded to the SIR-S/I model to guarantee unambiguous aircraft identification, improved situational awareness and safety enhancements, with embedded ADS-B functionality in a smaller system that is easier to maintain. The systems and the upgrade will be commissioned starting mid-2018.

Leonardo’s ATC systems have already been supplied to Ethiopia, Morocco, Senegal and Kenya. Leonardo has developed, manufactured and installed more than 300 air traffic management and control centres. The company has also provided more than 80 simulators, delivering advanced air traffic control training worldwide.

More than 700 primary or secondary surveillance radars (including Mode-S) have been sold, as have more than 2000 operator stations and 1000 navigation systems.

Leonardo has provided more than 160 weather radars and more than 40 automated weather observation systems.

Source: defenceWeb, Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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