Thursday, June 27, 2013

■ TANZANIA: TCAA awards ATC upgrade contracts to Germany's Comsoft.

Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority logoThe Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has contracted German ATC contractors, Comsoft, to deliver two modern technologies in the fields of air navigation and communication equipment, in order to increase flight safety in the region.

TCAA Approach Control
Dar es Salaam Approach Control (TCAA)
Comsoft will provide two major technologies; its AIDA-NG suite - an ATS Message Handling System (AMHS) - and the central portion of its ADS-B surveillance equipment which will be installed at ATC Central Command in Dar Es Salaam. These will be complemented with CADAS flight planning terminals and ADS-B Quadrant sensors distributed countrywide. The TCAA has also chosen to upgrade Mount Kilimanjaro's surveillance infrastructure and message handling system in order to meet future operational challenges.

Tanzania will become one of the first few African countries to implement the highly accurate and simultaneously cost effective ADS-B surveillance solution - a product the ICAO has noted as a key element for future ATM surveillance.

With aviation safety and efficiency the motto of TCAA, Senior Engineer Flora Alphonce expressed the importance of the project for the country stating: 
The continuous growth of air travel has called for the modernisation of ATM systems. In selecting the two solutions offered by Comsoft, we envisage bringing Tanzania up to speed with the latest ATC standards. The first phase of the ADS-B implementation will bring about a significant reduction in the maintenance costs of the old radar systems and, in the same way, AIDA-NG will revolutionize the way we transmit data.
This is an important milestone in the ANSP’s history and also marks a first for Comsoft, as the pair of products will be delivered in unison for the East African country.