Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority became the first African country/organization to Host the Global Aeronautical Information Management Conference that brings together aeronautical experts from around the world to deliberate on the growing changes in the aviation industry.
Aeronautical information service is the mandate of each country, information pills which in many cases is delegated to aviation authorities like CAA in Uganda’s case, stomach to ensure that all users of the airspace get sufficient and timely information on air navigation facilities and services for safe, secure and efficient flights.
Previously the conferences have been held in Rio de Janeiro (2016), Hanoi, Vietnam (2015, UAE, Turkey, Portugal and Argentina respectively.
The conference has attracted more than 60 delegates from all over the globe who will among also show case new technologies at a scheduled exhibition.
According to the Minister of Works and Transport Hon Monica Azuba Ntege, the major focus of this year’s conference is communication between ground to air and plane to plane so that they all keep track of each other to avoid air calamities.
“While air transport is known to be the safest mode of transport, communication is still the leading tool they all need to stop unfortunate air calamities which are disastrous when they happen,” said the minister.
Azuba was speaking to press at the Kampala Serena Hotel where the conference took place under the theme No AIS Left Behind.
The minister who officiated at the grand opening of the conference expressed gratitude to the Global AIM for choosing Uganda.
“It’s an honor for us as a country to be the host, considering that we are currently doing a number of infrastructural developments in line with the Global Air Navigation plans and regionally agreed targets.”
“Most notable and in line with the Aeronautical Information Management is the automation of aeronautical information management systems at Entebbe International Airport,” she added.
The CAA is in the process of upgrading communication lines from Aeronautical fixed Telecommunication Network to the more modern air traffic services message handling system to support transfer of more advanced data over the line.