AATO and EGNOS-AFRICA JPO join forces together

Posted on: June 26, 2017

‘AATO will collaborate with JPO to create standardized training in GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems)’

On the 11-13 April, 2017, Ethiopian Airlines was the host of the 4th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium with the theme: Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity”, organized in Addis Ababa and which is the first of its kind to be organised in Africa. It involved State Members ICAO and training organisations across the Continent.

Ahead of this important Symposium, AATO and JPO signed an important cooperation agreement in the form of a MoU to address future needs in terms of capacity building in the global navigation satellite systems domain for Africa, from technical but also on the legal and institutional aspects.

The JPO who participated to the review meeting of the AATO training roadmap was honored to be associated and to take part in this continental wide programme for Africa. To meet training requirements within TRAINAIRPLUS Centers, JPO will be involved in the ICAO TRAINAIRPLUS course conceptions among which one to be held at EAMAC (Niamey, Niger) soon. 

AATO was created following the recommendation 5/8 of the AFI RAN special meeting held in Durban in November 2008, stating that “States, training institutions, service providers, donors, ACIP and AFCAC work towards the establishment and implementation of a framework for harmonisation and standardization of aviation training Africa to maintain high levels of aviation safety in Africa”. 

Says AATO Secretary General ‘Under the terms of the signed MoU, AATO will collaborate with JPO to create standardized training in GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems’).

(courtesy of JPO)


Workshop II – Eastern Africa ‘Building SBAS Services in Eastern Africa and beyond Aviation’

Posted on: June 26, 2017


Dar Es Saalam , 1 – 2 March 2017

On the 1st March of 2017, the Honorable Deputy Minister, Transport, Works and Communications the Republic of Tanzania, Eng NGONYANI Edwin A. officiated the opening this Ceremony of this 2nd Regional Workshop on ‘Implementation of EGNOS Satellite based Augmentation System’ in Eastern Africa .

The 2nd SBAS Workshop ‘s theme in the Eastern Africa was  ‘Building Satellite Based Augmentation Services in Eastern Africa- Beyond Aviation: benefits for Agriculture, Surveying, Maritime, Road, Rail, LBS’while the first Workshop was centered on Aviation, a good opportunity for participants to look outside the box and open their minds to explore new opportunities offered by this new Technology in various other Sectors.

 In his opening address, The Honorable Deputy Minister, on behalf of the Government of Tanzania appreciated the choice of Dar-es- Salaam as the venue of the workshop, welcomed all participants and commended shared efforts between EAC and IGAD Secretariats and JPO towards the organization of this Workshop.  Quoting the Hon. Deputy Minister, participants were invited ‘to re-think he current air navigation system’s capacity and efficiency in Africa to benefit from the agreed establishment of a single African sky and single air transport market, which calls for exploring new technologies among which possibilities for implementing SBAS services in the East and Horn of Africa’. He gave some reference projects in EAC, IGAD and COMESA such as the Upper Airspace under the tripartite agreement, which main objective is to enhance efficiency in the management of the upper airspace to bring down navigational costs to air transport operators and improve civil aviation safety, in line with YD objectives. 

 The organization of this workshop was highly commended by the Hon Deputy Minister as part of the ongoing implementation of the adopted Joint Work Programme (EAC/JPO) and cooperation between IGAD/JPO to support the EAC, IGAD and DRC decision making processes towards creation of the proposed Eastern Africa SBAS Module.  

The Workshop raised high interest from all participants, most of them discovering that SBAS benefits and impact go beyond aviation- providing enormous opportunities in maritime, road, rail, location based services and agriculture.Backed up with intense but constructive panel debates, JPO provided insight on various topics among which the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the Africa/EU International cooperation on Satellite Navigation and the EGNOS in Africa JPO, an Overview on Satellite Navigation Systems, GNSS and GNSS Augmentation System including GNSS/SBAS benefits for Aviation, in Maritime and other non-aviation applications, GNSS/SBAS Technologies and the world trends, SBAS/EGNOS Initiatives in Africa and SBAS implementation in Eastern Africa which is known as ‘Eastern Africa Module’.As a result, the Workshop concluded with a set of recommendations on the way forward.

 A vote of thanks was delivered on behalf of all participants by one special guest, Dr Elsadig Abdalla, Director, Economic Cooperation and Social Development, IGAD in which he gave a nice story describing evolution of navigation and positinioning ‘technologies’ from old days of his childhood and his techniques as herd keeper to look and find animals, sheep, goats, calves or camels using our common sense and experience where to find our lost animals’. A story we will always remember of Dar Es Salaam Workshop II encounter.

 Representing the Minister of Transport, Works and Communication, the closing ceremony was officiated by the CEO and Managing Director of Air Tanzania Company Limited, Eng. Ladislaus E. Matindi, who after thanking organisers of the Workshop (JPO, EAC and IGAD Secretariats) for their efforts, requested participants to urge Member States in the Eastern African region to back their Secretariats in order to make the SBAS programme a reality. 

Our Vote of hanks to EAC and IGAD Secretariats for hosting in Dar-es-Salaam and co-organizing this 2nd Workshop in Eastern Africa in collaboration with EGNOS Africa Joint Programme (JPO) !

(courtesy of JPO)

AUC Special Technical Committee on Transport, Intercontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism (STC-TIIIET) Lomé, May 2017

Posted on: May 23, 2017

On 17th March 2017, the AUC Special Technical Committee on Transport, Intercontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism (STC-TIIIET), adopted a Declaration that pave the way towards financing infrastructures in Africa among which telecommunication and information technologies that include GNSS for Africa. More information.

H2020 MAGNIFIC project preparing the 2nd International Conference dedicated to GNSS applications in Lomé for May 2017

Posted on: February 27, 2017


The H2020 MAGNIFIC project coordinated by Pildo and ThalesAlenia Space are preparing the 2nd International Conference dedicated to GNSS applications in Lomé on May 17th and 18th, 2017. As a teaser,  the following video recalls ThalesAlenia Space activities in West Africa. To register to the conference: info@magnific-gsa-project.eu“.

Joint Programme Office at SBAS IWG-30 in China (Courtesy JPO)

Posted on: October 10, 2016

JPO participates at the 30th meeting of the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Interoperability Working Group (IWG-30)  in Changsha, Hunan, China

This biannual meeting of IWG events took place on May 16th and 17th 2016.  The main objective of the IWG meetings is to ensure seamless use of SBAS services through interoperable SBAS systems using common SBAS systems standards. The meeting gathered representatives from nine SBAS projects worldwide.This increased participation demonstrates growing interest in SBAS.  Among the African stakeholders representing ongoing SBAS projects in Africa, were the EGNOS in Africa Joint Programme Office (JPO) and ASECNA (Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar), a leading Air Navigation Service Provider covering 17 States in Africa. The Agenda of this 30th meeting covered various issues regarding harmonization of SBAS modernization plans, SBAS standards, R&D cooperation on key SBAS technologies, and joint SBAS promotion activities. 

During the meeting, important information was shared   regarding ongoing improvements of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) constellations and progress on the SBAS programs. Regarding the (GNSS) constellations, the launch of GPS Block IIF satellites, which are all in active service, and six satellites to be launched in 2016 for GALILEO were reported. The current status of the Chinese BeiDou programme and the ongoing works on the Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) were also provided.  

Regarding the SBAS programs, the European Union (EU) informed the meeting that the EGNOS LPV-200 service was declared on September 29th, 2015 with the first LPV-200 approaches flown on May 3rd, 2016. EU also reported an increased number of LPV procedures implemented in Europe currently totaling 261 and supporting 153 airports. Further, the EU announced potential early service capability for Category-1 (10-meter Vertical Alert Limit) service with partial GPS and Galileo constellations based on its planned EGNOS V3 with  Dual Frequency Multiple Constellation (DFMC) SBAS capability. In the meantime, EGNOS V2 evolutions will continue with v2.4.2, which will have two releases in 2019 and 2020.  The status and modernization plans of the SBAS and GNSS programmes were also provided with regard to MSAS-JAPAN, GAGAN-India, BDSBAS-China and KASS-Korea. 

Regarding the SBAS programs in Africa, it was indicated that the ASECNA Programme includes ownership and provision for a system able to support RNP APCH operations with limited L1 capability in 2019/2020 and L1/L5 capability in 2023. In addition, ASECNA reported that the ‘SAGAIE’ project experiments with the French government space agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), which deployed Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations in the ASECNA area, showed good availability results using the EGNOS v.2.4.1M aided by additional ionosphere monitoring algorithm. The role of the EGNOS in Africa Joint Programme Office (JPO) as a support instrument to the harmonization of SBAS – EGNOS activities in Africa was also narrated.  It was reported that, implementation of SBAS – EGNOS in Africa has a main goal of having African SBAS capabilities by 2025 through a modular approach. In this respect, availability of DFMC SBAS is anticipated to support this goal. 

The event provided all participants with a unique opportunity to the updates on SBAS and GNSS programmes worldwide. More specifically, for JPO, information gathered will contribute to its support to all initiatives on the African side and ongoing implementation of the Programme ‘Support to EGNOS in Africa’. We believe that increased awareness of the IWG members on the SBAS initiatives in Africa and the ‘EGNOS in Africa Support’ Programme’ will contribute to the integration of Africa in the global SBAS and GNSS programmes’ coordination.