The International Civil Aviation Authority expects passenger and cargo air traffic to double over the next 15 years.
It also means that civil aviation authorities will seek to improve technological advances in flight inspection, navigation and surveillance.
Durban hosts delegates to the International Flight Inspection Symposium on behalf of the International Committee for Airspace Standards and Calibration.
This is the first time that the biennial International Flight Inspection Symposium has been held in Africa. Delegates around the world will use the week to explore new technologies that can reduce costs. Gawie Bestbier, head of aviation infrastructure at the South African Civil Aviation Authority, said among the discussion points the symposium will look at ways to minimize costs in the flight inspection industry.
“The focus of this week is to find out what has happened in technology over the last two years, where the industry comes together to take stock of technology, what are the requirements, space systems are becoming growing in number and we know that the space based system is controlled by the sovereignty of the nation itself. There is a question of how do we celibate these things currently, they use big expensive gear to fly in different profiles. We have drone technology emerging I was expecting this week to produce a lot of drone technology to cover a bit of the costs that are normally associated and it is difficult for poorer countries to regularly calibrate their navigation and projects .
Bestbier says there are a small number of flight inspection units around the world.
“Drone technology will go a long way to reducing these costs. It will also allow you to have a frequency of checking systems, in other words, you will make it more secure over time, which is why I think it will be released this week. It’s all about saving costs, so you may have seen that there have been a lot of accidents in this line of business. There are not many flight inspection units in the world, but there are quite a high number of accidents because they fly close to obstacles, they fly close to the ground, they don’t fly not like normal airlines they are testing driving systems or settling so if you can use drones it will mitigate all those risks by all means.
Comair clearance regarding
Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga said the liquidation of low-cost airline Comair is of concern, resulting in a loss of airport fares. But she says the government can’t do much, since the airlines involved are private.
Chikunga says, however, that they will monitor the situation to see if there are any airlines that are interested in taking over these routes.
“There is nothing you can do about airlines because they are private, many of them except public airlines like SAA. The impact of COVID-19 on the aviation sector with the airlines it’s massive and many not just in South Africa have gone bankrupt and liquidated it’s not something we would want to see because it’s impacting our businesses Remember that in a ticket that you take there are fares and if one of the airlines goes bankrupt, it actually means that it is less the number of planes landing at your airport But what we would like to see happen or maybe what we will watch closely is to see if there are any airlines that are willing to fly those routes.
Chikunga says most airlines are under pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising fuel costs.