Air Space Management

Project Coordinated by: 
Rwanda

On 29th August 2013, during the 3rd Northern Corridor Summit, Heads of State of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda created the Airspace Management Initiative and assigned the Republic of Rwanda to spearhead the cluster.
Heads of State of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, December 11, 2014, in Nairobi signed a Memorandum of Understanding, based upon the principle of mutual benefit to enable the establishment, Implementation and operation of the Northern Corridor Airspace Block (NCAB) that is technically and procedurally interoperable universally safe and in procedurally interoperable, universally safe.

Description
Northern Corridor Airspace Block (NCAB) means an airspace block based on operational requirements and established regardless of Northern Corridor State boundaries, where the provision of air navigation services and related functions are performance-driven and optimized with a view to introducing, in each functional airspace block, enhanced cooperation among air navigation service providers or, where appropriate, an integrated provider. 

Common Objectives
The NCAB share common strategic objectives:

  • Provides harmonization thus leading to seamlessness Air space operations in Air Traffic Management, Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) and Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) across regions.
  • Facilitates interoperability of different technologies and uniform level of safety across all region and States.
  • To build a truly regional and neighbour to neighbour collaboration and coordination with other airspace users.
  • The development of air services resulting in lower fares for travelers, greater numbers of people travelling, greater choice of airlines and routes and improved service levels.
  • Human Resources and Manpower Development through Training, and Expertise Exchange
  • Achievements made and next key targets.  
  • Achievements made
  • Signed a Memorandum of Understanding, based upon the principle of mutual benefit to enable the establishment, Implementation and operation of the Northern Corridor Airspace Block (NCAB).
  • Kenya granted 5th Freedom Traffic Rights to Rwanda on the route Entebbe-Nairobi-Entebbe.
  • Drafted other two Memorandum of Understanding on Aircraft Search and Rescue Operation and Aircraft Accident and serious Incident Investigation.

Next key Target:

  • Seamless airspace operation activities are based on four functional areas as follows:

o    Infrastructure,
o    Procedures,
o    Information Management and
o    Regulation.

  • Improving Air services through existing Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) resulting in lower fares for travelers, greater numbers of people travelling, greater choice of airlines and routes.
  • Ensure collaboration, coordination and cooperation efforts which   shall include among others:

o    Aircraft Search and Rescue operation,
o    Aircraft Accident and serious Incident Investigation and
o    The Remote Aircraft Piloted Aircraft Regulation within NCAB.

 

Latest news

  • The 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Airspace Management Initiative convened on 8th May 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • The 4th Meeting   of Heads of Civil Aviation Authorities convened on 29th April 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • The 9th Meeting   of Technical Experts convened from 27th – 28th March 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Publication
  • A Memorandum of Understanding to enable the establishment, Implementation and operation of the Northern Corridor Airspace Block (NCAB).