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GCAA to start licensing air traffic personnel locally

Ing Charles Kraikue (left), Managing Director, GCAA presenting a plaque to a recipient at the event

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has launched a process to start licensing Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel (ATSEP) locally to improve flight safety and bring the country closer to its dream of become an aviation hub in West Africa.

When operational, the ATSEP license training program will ensure that personnel involved in the maintenance and installation of communication, navigation and air traffic surveillance / management (CNS / ATM) systems have acted in a manner professional at all times in the performance of their duties.

To this end, the GCAA has entered into discussions with the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) and the Ghana Air Traffic Safety Electronic Association (GhATSEA) to initiate the process of licensing ATSEP rather than seeking such services in d ‘other countries.

GCAA Director General Ing Charles Kraikue, who made this known on International Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel Day (ATSEP) in Accra, observed that GCAA management would do whatever is necessary. in its power to make Ghana’s first ATSEP license training program a reality.

He said the proposed ATSEP license training program would attract people from all over Africa to train at the Ghana Civil Aviation Training Academy (GATA).

“We will support efforts to amend Annex 1 of the convention to include ATSEP although this has been difficult over the years, I will encourage you to continue pursuing this program,” he said.

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ATSEP Day is a day set aside by the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) in recognition of the efforts of ATSEP to ensure the safety of air transport worldwide.

An ATSEP is a technical staff involved in the creation and management of electronic ground hardware and software systems that enable air navigation services (ANS) and air traffic management (ATM).

On the theme “Enabling the reestablishment of global aviation by ensuring the continuity of CNS / ATM services and a cybersecure ground-based ANS ecosystem”, this year’s celebration placed ATSEP and its role at the heart of the safety of the aviation industry.

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Role of ATSEP

GhTSEA chairman at GCAA Ing Mahama Asunga Abdulai said the role of ATSEP largely included highly technical and operational activities where they were responsible for oversight, monitoring, control and oversight. real-time reports from technical services that were supported by CNS and ATM. electronic systems.

He stated that in terms of maintenance activities, ATSEPs were responsible for providing preventive and corrective maintenance and / or updates or modifications to CNS / ATM systems.

“ATSEPs also perform installation, project specification, design, validation, integration, testing and acceptance. In this regard, they perform safety assessments, calibration, certification, optimization and upgrading of supporting electronic systems and equipment.

“We also work in related areas such as security management, network security management, quality management, general management, education and evaluation,” he said.

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GACL’s commitment

GACL Director General Mr. Yaw Kwakwa indicated that GACL will continue to provide ATSEPs with the training, exposure and knowledge transfer necessary to ensure continued performance of their roles and improved availability and the functionality of systems and infrastructure at all airports. in the countryside.

“We will provide the necessary support in accordance with GACL’s commitment to ensure the highest standards of safety and security, particularly in the maintenance of airport information, revenue management and air traffic management systems,” said he declared.