Thursday, March 14, 2013

■ TANZANIA: TCAA to upgrade ground-ground comms network to AMHS during 2013.

Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority logoAfter the floating of a tender last year in September, the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority is to proceed with the upgrading of its aeronautical ground-ground communications network which currently uses the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) analogue standard.

The new digital system, the ATS Message Handling System (AMHS), is expected to be installed before the end of  fiscal year 2012/2013 said TCAA Director General, Mr Fadhili Manongi.

He did not reveal who had been contracted to install the system, though a run down of contracts awarded in the last year points to France's Egis Avia.

ATS Message Handling System (AMHS) also known as Aeronautical Message Handling System is a standard for aeronautical ground-ground communications (e.g. for the transmission of NOTAMs, Flight Plans or Meteorological Data) and has been defined by the ICAO.

Mr Manongi was giving a briefing in Dar es Salaam to a delegation from Parliamentary Communications and Transport Committee from the House of Representatives of Zanzibar.