Monday, June 3, 2013

■ CONGO (KINSHASA): RVA signs $2million contract with Thales for Kinshasa N'djili Airport AeroNav upgrade.

Thales logoAs part of ongoing efforts to spruce up its poor aviation safety record, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's air navigation services and airport management provider, Regie des Voies Aériennes (RVA), has signed a USD2million (CDF1.8billion) contract with French aeronautical systems manufacturer, Thales, for the supply of navigation equipment to Kinshasa N'djili International Airport.

Kinshasa N'djili International Airport
Kinshasa N'djili International Airport (Mutombo)
Among the facilities to be provided are an ILS and a VHF omnidirectional beacon.

According to Pascal Isaïe, the Coordinator of RVA's Projects department, the new equipment will strengthen aviation safety at N'djili International Airport among others.
"I think that we will be trained to properly use the equipment. And it will be for the benefit of the safety of air navigation. Different ICAO audits have always denounced our various air safety problems. This is a deficiency that we will need to solve," he said.
Source [RadioOkapi]

The equipment should be ready for the beginning of 2014.