DRC aviation bodies sign agreement with SACAA, ATNS

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The agreement was signed between the Democratic Republic of Congo Civil Aviation Authority (Autorité de l’aviation civile), Régie des Voies Aériennes de la République Démocratique du Congo (DRC RVA), Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

“In terms of the agreement, ATNS will provide ground navigation services which will include surveying of all air navigation facility sites in the DRC – in WGS 84 standard and ground preparation of navigation aids for flight calibration at five airports,” ATNS said.

“Three are international airports, namely Lubumbashi International, Kisangani international, Kinshasa International and Kindu and Bunia, which are regional. SACAA is expected to provide flight navigation services that will encompass flight calibration – at all identified airports.”

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According to ATNS, the conduct of flight measurements for calibration of equipment would include as many flight checks as necessary until adjustments of system parameters are within normal operating limits.

“With regard to the deliveries – duration trips out of calibration, the calculation of flying hours for positioning time starts from the home base in Lanseria airport, Johannesburg until arrival at the first Congolese airport and back,” it said.

“Repositioning time between Congolese airports will be counted from brake release at the airport of departure until arrival at the destination airport.”

It added that both ATNS and SACAA have the required equipment, technical expertise and human capacity to perform the calibration according to the requirements as prescribed by International Civil Aviation Organisation.