Air Traffic and Navigation Services Air Traffic Communication Networks
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is the sole provider of air traffic management, navigation, training and associated services within South Africa. Responsible for approximately 10% of the world’s airspace, ATNS currently manages more than half a million arrival and departure movements every year while maintaining ISO 9001:2000 accreditation.
The ATNS Training Academy (ATA) trains international aviation professionals and maintains and subscribes to ICAO standards and recommended practices.
VSAT satellite communications in Africa
ATNS, in partnership with Africa’s developing countries, endeavours to enhance safety and contribute to developing global aviation intelligence by keeping seamless aeronautical communication from Cape to Cairo.
Today, ATNS is making this a reality through our very small aperture terminal (VSAT) network link. The North Eastern African region’s VSAT network, which is similar to the Southern African Development Communities’ (SADC) VSAT network, was operational from 1 April 2007.
The network, dubbed NAFISAT, provides a VSAT satellite communications network for the North-East African region. The terrestrial-based stations make voice and data satellite communications between air traffic control centres in the region possible.
Regional air traffic communications network
The SADC VSAT network has been operational since 1998 and has eliminated all communication deficiencies in the SADC region. This network is fulfilling the region’s communication requirements in terms of the ICAO Africa / Indian Ocean (AFI) plan.
It has succeeded in integrating a regional communications network, contributing to increased communication allowing for greater safety on air traffic movements and is financially sustainable. Both SADC VSAT and NAFISAT systems will be interoperable, making the Cape to Cairo connection a reality.
Global air traffic management
Our CEO, Patrick Dlamini, was previously the executive vice-president and general manager at SAA Cargo, a business unit of South African Airways. Prior to SAA, he most recently held positions of chief operations manager and then business unit executive at Transnet Port Terminals. Patrick holds an MBA from the University of Wales and a BA in commerce from the University of Durban Westville.
Dealing with increases in air traffic
Working together with our partners ensures strengthened performance, accelerated change and the ability to be the best in air traffic management. Working in partnership with fellow stakeholders, such as ACSA, CAA and the Department of Transport (DoT), ATNS will ensure that the 2010 Football World Cup is a success.
ATNS’ continued application of the highest safety standards and procedures as they are currently implemented will be assured. We expect an additional 300,000 international passengers over a five-week period, which is extremely exciting.
Increasing airspace capacity
As far as changing procedures or operating practice within our airspace, ATNS will continue to do business as usual. One of the ways we have of dealing with the increase in aircraft within our skies is to investigate the possibility of reducing aircraft separation on final approach as well as within specific pieces of airspace. This will allow increased airspace capacity without any degradation of safety.
Increased runway throughput capacity at the three major airports is also planned. At OR Tambo International, we intend to increase from 52 aircraft arrival and departure movements to 72 per hour, from 30 to 44 at Cape Town International and from 24 to 36 movements at Durban International.
Effective management of air traffic
Standing strong with over 750 dedicated, passionate people, ATNS strives to continuously provide for the safe, orderly, expeditious and efficient management of air traffic.
As a globally competitive employer of choice, ATNS is committed to diversity, having already achieved ranking within the top ten companies in South Africa with regards to female representation at executive management and board level.
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AVI AFRIQUE 2015 Summary
As a collaborative communication platform for the local and international aviation industry, the AVI AFRIQUE Africa Aviation Innovation Summit 2015 focused on the impact of research, development and technology on sustainability and innovation in aviation in Africa. Alongside this was the exciting launch of the AVI Awards which sought to celebrate aviation innovation at its finest.
AVI Afrique Africa Aviation Innovation Summit
Air Traffic & Navigation Services hosted the third annual AVI Afrique 2014 African Aviation Innovation Summit attended by international and local experts, academics and industry decision-makers who shared information on aviation and air navigation services.
AVI Afrique Aviation Summit
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa hosted the inaugural AVI Afrique Africa Aviation Innovation Summit to foster an integrated approach to research and development and innovation in aviation on the African continent.
ATNS Environmental Plan
ATNS is in the process of developing an environmental management plan detailing the approach taken by the organisation to further develop the initiatives identified in the sustainability and climate change strategy so as to develop a company-wide response to sustainability and climate change.
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The main objective of the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Ltd Albert Taylor Award is to enhance safer skies and development of Air Traffic Services (ATS) on the African Continent by providing and presenting an on-the-job training instructor (OJTI) course in qualifying countries.Read more
CANSO has called for the air traffic management (ATM) industry to take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technologies to improve aviation safety.Read more
We are honoured to launch the new Lanseria International Airport (LIA) Tower and Fire and Rescue Services Complex.Read more
The African aviation community has descended into South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, to attend the first annual Aviation Innovation Summit, within African aviation industry.Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Limited is kicking things off on a high note with the launch of the prestigious AVI Afrique 2017 Awards.Read more
The World Radio-communication Conference (WRC-19) Regional Preparatory Group meeting and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Frequency Spectrum Management Panel (FSMP) meeting is underway at the ICAO ASIA PACIF office in Bangkok, Thailand.Read more
As an organisation invested in air safety and efficient navigation service practices, Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) invests much time into research, development and consultation with other navigation agencies both in Africa and globally. This week, ATNS is representing South Africa at the 13th SADC VSAT Supervisory Board Meeting, taking place from 29 to 31 March 2017, in Botswana.Read more
Over a hundred delegates from air navigation service providers (ANSP); directorates of civil aviation companies (DCAs) and airline companies based in Namibia, Swaziland an South Africa, have been conferred with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) accredited qualifications at a graduation ceremony near OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is gearing up to welcome international and local delegates for the fifth annual ATNS AVI AFRIQUE Africa Aviation Innovation Summit at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has announced Mano River Union (MRU) as recipients of the 2016 ATNS Albert Taylor Award.Read more
ATNS is proud to be associated with Mgezeni High School. The school has over the past five years achieved over 95% matric pass rate. The sponsored IT Infrastructure will go a long way in assisting learners with subjects, such as mechanical technology, electrical technology and civil technology, that were added to school's curriculum a few years ago.Read more
Aireon and South Africa's Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) announced today that they have signed a regional commercialisation agreement to jointly develop the uses of space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data throughout the southern part of the African continent.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Limited has encouraged Ramohlakana Secondary School learners to consider following careers in aviation. Currently, eight matriculants from a total of thirty-three are studying pure Mathematics at the school.Read more
Deputy Transport Minister, Sindisiwe Chikunga, has officially handed over an Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Limited sponsored information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to the Limpopo Provincial Education Department in Driekoppies, Limpopo today.Read more
Despite the current financial turmoil, the World Bank estimated Sub-Saharan Africa's growth at 3.7% for 2015, with a slight uptick to 4.4% and 4.8% in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Six African countries feature in the bank's list of the 13 economies projected to grow the fastest between 2014 and 2017.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (SOC) has signed an important air traffic management (ATM) contract with the Namibian Directorate of Civil Aviation (NDCA).Read more
ATNS Human Capital Executive Thandi Thankge says that the organisation is focused both on creating a pipeline of talented young South Africans to enter the industry, as well as playing a role in helping to build the country's skills and provide opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.Read more
Alicia Pillay, from Isipingo, Durban; Nhlakanipho Mnguni, who hails from Umlazi near Durban and Ndimphiwe Mangqishi from Umtata in Eastern Cape were all smiles as they were honoured at a ceremony, held at the world-renowned ATNS Aviation Training Academy, for successfully completing an intensive ATNS Engineering Graduate Development Programme (EGDP).Read more
A two-day regional safety air traffic management (ATM) safety Improvement interactive workshop, under the auspices of Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) was held on the 7th October in Benoni, near ORT International Airport.Read more
Riba, whose expertise lies in corporate governance, change management, executive and senior management succession planning, HR Strategy, corporate social responsibility, leadership and management development, among others, has been appointed as the new ATNS chairperson.Read more
Official Opening of the 2nd African Symposium on Human Factors & Aviation Safety by ATNS CEO, Thabani Mthiyane
The media is invited to attend the official opening of the 2nd African Symposium on Human Factors & Aviation Safety by ATNS CEO, Thabani Mthiyane.Read more
CANSO Chairman Welcomes Attendees to the Aviation Safety Management System Train-The-Trainer Seminar
A transcribed version of Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) AFRICA Chairman (also ATNS CEO) Thabani Mthiyane's welcome speech at the Aviation Safety Management System Train-The-Trainer Seminar, currently underway in Maputo Mocambique.Read more
ATNS SOC Limited has noted with concern and dismay reports and allegations about 'a nationwide ATNS radar systems failure', from several sources since the Tygerberg aircraft accident was reported.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Limited, in partnership with the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Africa, University of Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, Rhodes University and the Ergonomic Society of South Africa, is set to host the 2nd African Symposium on Human Factors and Aviation Safety (ASHFAS) on 7 to 11 September in Cape Town, South Africa.Read more
CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, is cautiously optimistic that Africa is experiencing a greater willingness among states and industry partners to make real progress on the challenges facing aviation and air traffic management (ATM). Through its strategic framework to transform ATM performance, Vision 2020, CANSO is already taking steps in Africa to cater for the expected growth in air traffic; to cooperate with States and industry partners in achieving seamless and harmonised airspace; and to improve safety.Read more
Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS) Ltd, in conjunction with the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), is the proud host of the CANSO Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 19th Global Air Traffic Management (ATM) Summit, as well as the 3rd CANSO Africa Conference, to be held in Durban, South Africa on 13th to 16th June 2015.Read more
Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS) Ltd. is actively taking part at the 53rd Airports Council International (ACI) Africa Regional Conference & Exhibition, now underway in Cassablanca, Morocco.Read more
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has continued its drive to bolster aviation training capacity and delivery worldwide, recognising seven TRAINAIR PLUS programme members and two course validators during a special ceremony at its TRAINAIR PLUS and Global Aviation Training Symposium, co-organised and hosted by the Dublin International Aviation Training Academy.Read more
ATNS CEO, Thabani Mthiyane's speech at the occasion of the unveiling of an 'ICAO Global Aviation Training - Trainair Plus Full Membership' plaque and acknowledgement of a recognition award by ICAO on 'The Most Participation in the ICAO Training Instructors' Course', held at the ATNS aviation training academy, near ORT International Airport, Kempton Park.Read more
Metron Aviation is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Antonucci to general manager and vice-president for commercial products and solutions, the commercial division of the organisation.Read more
The University of the Witwatersrand School for Economic and Business Sciences, conferred Aeronautical Management Development Programme (AMDP) Certificates to nineteen (19) Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) employees, at a special graduation ceremony held today at the ATNS Aviation Training Academy, near OR Tambo International Airport.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC has contributed immensely to the refurbishing of a rural school's library, by providing much-needed information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, which include broadband internet connectivity and end-user equipment.Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Aviation Training Academy (ATA), in conjunction with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), held a Graduation Ceremony on Friday, 11 October 2013, at the Birchwood hotel, Boksburg, South Africa.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa is taking part in the first ever Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Africa Region Conference, now taking place in Abuja, Nigeria.Read more
Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS) hosted its inaugural Blueprint Graduation Event on Friday, August 23, at the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, where more than 90 students, mostly women, graduated from one of three specialised leadership courses.Read more
The dawn of democracy, 20 years ago, opened many a door for South Africa. In the fields of technology, engineering, aviation, medicine, sports and the arts, the country was at a disadvantage. Isolated and seemingly doomed, there were no prospects of successfully competing against its global counterparts.Read more
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, yesterday visited the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS)'s Operations Centre and thereafter celebrated with Board Members, Executive Managers and staff, the company's significant milestones achieved over the past 20 years.Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Board today announced the appointment - with immediate effect - of Mr Thabani Mthiyane to the position of Chief Executive Officer, following a rigorous and thorough recruitment process and subsequent approval by the Cabinet.Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa is part of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) member states and global Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) that are gathered in the Caribbean island city of Willemstad, to discuss the future of Air Traffic Management (ATM).Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa and the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA) have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which is in line with the African aviation agenda, of harmonising the continental airspace, thereby improving the smoothness and cost-efficiency of the entire air traffic service chain.Read more
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindiswa Chikunga, delivered a very moving keynote address yesterday afternoon, Friday 26 April 2013 at the launch of the ATNS Flagship Corporate Social Investment Project at the Ngotshe Secondary School, situated near the rural town of Louwsburg, KwaZulu Natal.Read more
The Airport Cities Conference (ACC) is an annual meeting place for the Airport Cities Community. From 25 to 26 April 2013, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa will be taking part in this prestigious event - by way of an exhibition - at the Emperors Palace, near the OR Tambo Airport, City of Ekurhuleni.Read more
The University of the Witwatersrand School for Economic and Business Sciences, conferred the inaugural Aviation Management Development Programme (DP) Certificates to 13 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) employees, at a special graduation ceremony, held at the Wits Professional Development Hub in Braamfontein on Friday 22 March 2013.Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company was one of the more than 100 countries that took part at the inaugural World Air Traffic Management Congress, and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Global Air Traffic Management Operations Conference in Madrid, Spain, that ended on 15 February 2013.Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa will be showcasing its newest and advanced high technology product at the three-day prestigious global World Air Traffic Management (ATM) Congress, starting Tuesday 12 February 2013 and running until 14 February 2013 in Madrid, Spain.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) hosted a delegation from the Benin government - led by its Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr Lambert Koty - at its award-winning Aviation Training Academy (ATA) in Bonaero Park, near the OR Tambo International Airport. Accompanying the minister were Benin Ambassador in South Africa, Mr Claude Fassinou and the General Director of the Benin National Agency of Civil Aviation, Mr Aristide de Souza.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa, hosted the inaugural AVI Afrique Africa Aviation Innovation Summit at The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, on November 7 2012.Read more
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Global Air Traffic Management (ATM) Safety Conference was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Honorable Sindisiwe Chikunga, MP, in Cape Town, South Africa.Read more
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), in conjunction with Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa, is hosting the 2012 CANSO Air Traffic Management (ATM) Safety Conference in Cape Town, from 28 October to 2nd November 2012.Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) South Africa held its 19th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at The Townhouse Hotel, Cape Town.Read more
As head of the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company of South Africa's recently established Technology, Research and Development division, Senior Manager of Technology (R&D), Leago Takalani is taking the air navigation service provider to new heights, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of technological developments within the aviation industry.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) CEO, Mr Patrick Dlamini, has been unanimously elected as the inaugural chairperson of Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Africa Region, during the CANSO Air Traffic Management (ATM) Summit and 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Rome, Italy, from 23 to 26 June 2012.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) South Africa is actively taking part in the Africa 2012 Aviation Safety Summit, currently underway at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.Read more
The consultative assembly of the association of African aviation training organisation (AATO), a forum co-jointly hosted by the international civil aviation organisation east and south regional office, and the Kenya civil authority (KCAA) takes place 2- 4 April 2012, at the Kenyatta International Conference (KICC), in Nairobi, Kenya.Read more
On the 27 March 2012, as part of the APIRG/18 conference, ATNS will be inaugurating the much-awaited NAFISAT maintenance management centre (MMC) master back-up terminal, at a special gala dinner near the Entebbe International airport, Uganda.Read more
The ATC Global Exhibition and Conference 2012, takes place in Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands, 6-8 March 2012. This conference is the largest air traffic management (ATM) exhibition in the international marketplace, bringing together stakeholders from across the entire air traffic control industry.Read more
On 7 March 2012, ATNS will be hosting 'AFRICA Night,' a networking session at ATC Global 2012 that will involve air navigation services providers (ANSPs) across the African continent.Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) company of South Africa, in partnership with the Airport Company of South Africa hosted the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 'Fly-In' at the King Shaka International Airport on 18th February 2012.Read more
Airport Expansion and Development Africa 2011 took place on 21-24 November 2011 and was held in Sandton, South Africa. The conference theme referred to a 'customer centric' approach to safety. The ATC workshop was centred around this theme and further emphasised the sub theme 'African solutions for African challenges.'Read more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) employees are spending the day at the St Francis Care Centre in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.Read more
Today (Sunday, 4 December 2011) a Fly Emirates 'green' flight will touch down at the King Shaka Airport at 5pm. This is an Indian Ocean strategic partnership to reduce emission initiative, aptly named INSPIRE, of which the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is an active partner.Read more
Major global air traffic companies and aviation organisations representatives are meeting in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa for the second meeting of the Indian Ocean Strategic Partnerships to Reduce Emissions (INSPIRE/2). This is a three-day event, ending on Thursday 1 December 2011 and 30 major global air traffic companies and aviation organisations representatives will be attending.Read more
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) celebrates the international day of the air traffic control officer (ATCO) on 20 October 2011. Since the day it was first celebrated, 20 October 1961, ATNS takes a moment to reflect on the role that the ATC plays in its very dynamic environment.Read more
The advanced air traffic flow management (ATFM) system deployed by South Africa's Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has been named by Jane's Airport Review as the winner of the 2010 Enabling Technology Award for contribution to enhanced capacity and safety. The ATFM system, provided by TRead more
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has received the award for Air Navigation Service Provider of the Year in recognition of their outstanding, efficient and exemplary provision of airline navigational services to the African airline industry. The award was presented at the 41stRead more
CEOs and senior members of the local aviation industry gathered on 23 January at the Birchwood Executive hotel, Johannesburg, to welcome ATNS’s new chief executive officer, Patrick Dlamini. Patrick Dlamini was the executive vice president and general manager at SAA Cargo, a business uniRead more
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