Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) and Aireon have signed a data services agreement to provide real-time air traffic surveillance to high-traffic and terrestrial African corridors.

ASECNA will use an automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft position reporting system to obtain real-time air traffic surveillance data.

The data-provision agreement covers 16 million kilometres squared of airspace over six flight information regions (FIRs) including Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar Oceanic, Dakar Terrestrial, Niamey and N’Djamena.

From next year, ASECNA will be able to introduce a continuous layer of surveillance using Aireon’s data. This will extend existing infrastructure and deliver coverage for their entire airspace.

The new service is intended to improve service availability to airlines and enhance safety and efficiency of African airspace.

“The new service is intended to improve service availability to airlines and enhance safety and efficiency of African airspace.”

ASECNA director general Mohamed Moussa said: “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.

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“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.”

Aireon CEO Don Thoma said: “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.”

ASECNA is an international public organisation of 18 members states that was established in December 1959.

Its member states include Benin, Cameroun, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, France, Madagascar, Sénégal, and Tchad among others.