Daily Archives: January 9, 2018

L’ASECNA s’apprête à déployer un ADS-B basé dans l’espace en Afrique occidentale et centrale

Aireon et l’Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA) intégreront la surveillance du trafic aérien en temps réel aux axes terrestre africains à forte circulation

MCLEAN, Virginie, 9 janvier 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir signé un accord de services de données avec l’Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA). Créée en décembre 1959, l’ASECNA est une organisation publique internationale composée de 18 États membres, dont le siège social se situe à Dakar (SÉNÉGAL).https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_u7i3s0py/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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Les États membres de l’ASECNA sont les suivants : Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, République centrafricaine, Comores, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinée-Bissau, Guinée équatoriale, France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad et Togo.

L’ASECNA est l’un des plus grands fournisseurs de services de navigation aérienne (FSNA) d’Afrique, couvrant 16,1 millions de kilomètres carrés d’espace aérien, via six régions d’information de vol (FIR, pour Flight Information Region) – Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar océanique, Dakar terrestre, Niamey et N’Djamena.

L’ASECNA est responsable des services de trafic aérien dans une part significative du continent africain, gérant les routes fréquemment empruntées entre l’Europe, l’Afrique de l’Est et du Sud, et l’Amérique du Sud. Grâce aux données AireonSM, dès 2019, l’ASECNA sera en mesure d’introduire un degré continu de surveillance, augmentant l’infrastructure existante et complétant la couverture de l’intégralité de son espace aérien. Ceci améliorera significativement la disponibilité des services destinés aux compagnies aériennes, et renforcera la sécurité et l’efficience au sein de l’espace aérien africain.

« L’étendue du territoire dont est responsable l’ASECNA pose un immense défi en termes de surveillance, notamment parce qu’il n’est pas toujours possible d’installer ou de maintenir une infrastructure terrestre », a déclaré Mohamed MOUSSA, directeur général, « Grâce à l’ADS-B basé dans l’espace d’Aireon, nous regardons vers l’avenir, en augmentant notre capacité et en fournissant une surveillance complète du trafic aérien en temps réel à nos compagnies aériennes. Ceci fournira non seulement un niveau de disponibilité des services nettement supérieur, mais augmentera également significativement la sécurité, dans la mesure où les contrôleurs pourront visualiser tous les avions, en temps réel, au sein de l’espace aérien de l’ASECNA. La sécurité constituera toujours pour nous une priorité absolue, et nous sommes impatients de bénéficier de la surveillance en temps réel dans cette région du continent africain. »

« L’accord avec l’ASECNA constitue une étape majeure en direction de la sécurité et de l’efficience en Afrique occidentale et centrale, permettant à 17 États africains de franchir une étape importante en direction de quelques uns des objectifs majeurs du Plan mondial de navigation aérienne de l’OACI », a déclaré Don Thoma, PDG d’Aireon. « La sécurité constitue depuis longtemps une priorité absolue dans la région, et nous sommes fiers de travailler aux côtés d’organisations leaders telles que l’ASECNA. Pour la première fois, plus de la moitié de l’espace aérien africain fera l’objet d’une surveillance du trafic aérien en temps réel. »

L’ASECNA rejoint d’autres FSNA africains dans le cadre du déploiement d’ADS-B basés dans l’espace. La société sud-africaine Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) et l’Autorité de l’aviation civile des Seychelles (SCAA) ont également signé des accords au cours des 18 derniers mois.

Pour en savoir plus sur Aireon, rendez-vous sur : Aireon.com
Pour en savoir plus sur l’ASECNA, rendez-vous sur : ASECNA.Aero

À propos d’Aireon LLC

Aireon déploie un système mondial de surveillance dépendante automatique en mode diffusion (ADS-B, pour Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) basé dans l’espace, capable de surveiller et de suivre en temps réel les avions équipés d’ADS-B à travers le monde. Ce système sera utilisé pour fournir une couverture ADS-B qui englobera les régions océaniques, polaires et reculées, au sein desquelles les systèmes de surveillance actuels se limitent à la visibilité directe et aux zones densément peuplées. Aireon exploitera les avancées de l’ADS-B actuellement en cours, et les développera à l’échelle mondiale afin d’améliorer significativement l’efficience, d’étendre la sécurité, de réduire les émissions, et de fournir des économies de coûts aux parties prenantes du secteur de l’aviation. En partenariat avec plusieurs FSNA leaders à travers le monde, tels que NAV CANADA, ENAV, l’Autorité irlandaise de l’aviation (IAA), Naviair et Iridium Communications, Aireon développe un système de surveillance du trafic aérien opérationnel, mondial et basé dans l’espace, qui devrait être disponible d’ici 2018. Pour en savoir plus sur Aireon, rendez-vous sur : www.aireon.com.

CONTACT :
Jessie Hillenbrand
Aireon
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Jessie.Hillenbrand@Aireon.com

ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon and Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will bring real-time air traffic surveillance to high-trafficked, terrestrial African corridors

MCLEAN, Virginia, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in December 1959 is an international public organization of 18 members States which headquarters is located in Dakar (SENEGAL).https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_u7i3s0py/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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ASECNA’s members states are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Centrafrique, Comores, Congo, Côte d’ivoire, Gabon, Guinée Bissau, Guinée Equatoriale, France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad and Togo.

ASECNA is one of Africa’s largest Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), covering 16.1 million square kilometers of airspace, through six Flight Information Regions (FIRs) – Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar Oceanic, Dakar Terrestrial, Niamey and N’Djamena.

ASECNA is responsible for air traffic services in a significant part of the African continent, handling frequently traveled routes between Europe, East and Southern Africa and South America. With AireonSM data, as early as 2019, ASECNA will be able to introduce a continuous layer of surveillance, augmenting existing infrastructure and completing coverage for their entire airspace. This will significantly improve service availability to airlines and enhance safety and efficiency in African airspace.

“The vastness of the landmass that ASECNA is responsible for poses an immense surveillance challenge, especially because it is not always possible to install or maintain ground infrastructure,” said Mohamed MOUSSA, ASECNA Director General, “With Aireon’s space-based ADS-B, we are looking towards the future, augmenting our capability and providing full, real-time air traffic surveillance to our airlines. This will not only provide a much higher level of availability of services, but will also significantly increase safety, as controllers will be able to see all aircraft, in real-time, across the ASECNA airspace. Safety will always be our top priority, and we look forward to having real-time surveillance in this part of the African continent.”

“The Agreement with ASECNA is a major step towards safety and efficiency in Western and Central Africa, allowing 17 African States to make a major step towards some of the main goals of the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan,” said Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon. “Safety has long been a top priority in the region, and we are proud to be working with leading organizations such as ASECNA. For the first time, more than half of the African airspace will be under real-time air traffic surveillance.”

ASECNA joins other African ANSPs in the deployment of space-based ADS-B. South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) and Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) have also signed agreements over the last 18 months.

For information about Aireon, visit: Aireon.com
For information about ASECNA, visit: ASECNA.Aero

About Aireon LLC

Aireon is deploying a global, space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system capable of surveilling and tracking ADS-B equipped aircraft around the globe in real-time. The system will be used to provide ADS-B coverage that will span oceanic, polar and remote regions, where current surveillance systems are limited to line-of-sight and densely populated areas. Aireon will harness ADS-B advancements already underway and extend them globally in order to significantly improve efficiency, expand safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings to aviation stakeholders. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, NAV CANADA, ENAV, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is developing an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system expected to be available by 2018. For more information about Aireon, visit: www.aireon.com.

CONTACT:
Jessie Hillenbrand
Aireon
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Jessie.Hillenbrand@Aireon.com

Nigeria Commission Sets Date for 2019 Presidential Election

ABUJA, NIGERIA �Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission says that presidential and national assembly elections will be held on Feb. 16, 2019.

The commission made the announcement Tuesday while outlining the 2019 general election timetable. It said the presidential and national assembly primaries will begin in August and campaigning in November of this year.

The commission says elections for governor, state assembly and other local offices will take place March 2, 2019.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari beat incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the March 2015 presidential election. It’s not clear if Buhari, who has faced health issues, will run again.

The 2019 vote will be the ninth presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation since its independence from Britain in 1960.

Nigeria’s ongoing challenges include the deadly Boko Haram insurgency and a weak economy.

Source: Voice of America

Trump to Attend Davos World Economic Forum

The White House says President Donald Trump will attend this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, only the second time a U.S. president has attended the summit, and the first in 18 years.

Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday, “The president welcomes opportunities to advance his America First agenda with world leaders. At this year’s World Economic Forum, the president looks forward to promoting his policies to strengthen American businesses, American industries and American workers.”

U.S. presidents tend to avoid the elite gathering rather than be seen as too close to the ultra-rich clientele the gathering attracts. President Bill Clinton was the first and last U.S. president to attend in person, in 2000. President Ronald Reagan addressed the forum via satellite.

The United States generally sends a high-profile delegation to the annual event. In the past, vice presidents Dick Cheney and Joe Biden have attended. Former vice president Al Gore, musician Bono, Brazilian writer Paulo Coehlo, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair are regular attendees. Heads of state or government from Europe and Africa are often in attendance, as well.

The World Economic Forum is a Swiss nonprofit organization that says its mission is “improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

January’s annual meeting in Davos is the most famous of the forum’s gatherings, drawing some 2,500 people per year. But it also holds a number of regional meetings throughout the year to discuss economic issues and other problems faced by the world.

This year the forum will be held January 23-26.

Source: Voice of America

UN refugee agency urges Israel to halt forced relocation of African asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday appealed to the Israeli Government to not forcibly send Eritrean and Sudanese refugees or asylum seekers to sub-Saharan Africa.

This appeal came after some 80 cases were identified in which people relocated by Israel risked their lives by taking dangerous onward journeys to Europe.

Feeling they had no other choice, they travelled many hundreds of kilometres through conflict zones in South Sudan, Sudan and Libya after being relocated by Israel, the spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), William Spindler, told reporters in Geneva.

He said that along the way, they suffered abuse, torture and extortion before risking their lives once again by crossing the Mediterranean to Italy.

UNHCR staff interviewed them in Rome between November 2015 and December 2017 in reception centres and informal settlements. All were adult males, some with family members still in Israel, who had entered via the Sinai.

In every case, he explained, they reported torture, mistreatment and extortion before reaching Israel, adding that some said that others travelling with them had died en route to Libya.

The majority maintained that they had been transferred from Israel to a country in Africa and provided with $3,500 dollars.

However, the situation on arrival was different to what most had expected � and with little further support provided beyond accommodation on the first night. They reported feeling unsafe, as they were known to have money, he said.

UNHCR is seriously concerned over Israel’s plans announced on 1 January to forcibly relocate Eritreans and Sudanese to countries in Africa or have them face indefinite detention.

Official statements that the plans may eventually target families and those with pending asylum claims, or that asylum seekers might be taken to the airport in handcuffs, are particularly alarming.

At a time when UNHCR and partners in the international community are engaged in emergency evacuations from Libya, forced relocation to countries that do not offer effective protection and the onward movement of these people to Libya and Europe is particularly worrisome, Mr. Spindler underscored.

There are some 27,000 Eritreans and 7,700 Sudanese in Israel, however since 2009, when Israel took over refugee status determination from UNHCR, only 10 Eritreans and one Sudanese have been recognized as refugees.

While 200 Sudanese from Darfur were granted humanitarian status in Israel along with an announcement that 300 more will follow, Israel has not received any Eritreans or Sudanese since May 2016.

UNHCR stands ready to work with Israel to find alternative solutions for the protection needs of asylum seekers, in line with international standards, concluded Mr. Spindler.

Source: UN News Centre