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ICAO Anniversary

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2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of the International Civil Aviation Organization /ICAO/ and the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known more popularly as the ‘Chicago Convention’. This historic occasion has accordingly been recognized by the ICAO Council through its adoption of a special ICAO 2019 theme, one which calls upon the aviation sector and the global societies and economies it serves to help celebrate 75 Years of connecting the world. ICAO is also using this opportunity to look ahead to the future of flight, and to the incredible new aircraft and operations now poised to revolutionize 21st Century air transport.

90 Years Ago

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Aviation in Ethiopia is the earliest in the African continent, and it all began when the Ethiopian government officials paid a visit to Yemen in 1928.These officials witnessed the British Royal Air force airplanes operating in the country.

Back home they tried to explain the need to purchase such aircrafts for the country, the convinced government then decided to purchase the aircrafts which later went operational in the specified year. But the aircrafts were rendering military and other government services, not for passengers. One of these pioneer and oldest aircrafts was “Potez-27” with 450-500hp. This was the first time an aircraft flew over Ethiopian sky.

In August 1928 a French-made airplane made a five-hour flight from Djibouti to Addis Ababa at a place called “Gefersa’’, introducing aviation to Ethiopia. History has it that between 1928 to 1936 Ethiopia managed to import a total of 20 aircrafts, heralding the official commencement of the industry in the country.

Ethiopian Air Force ATC Candidates Graduated

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Ethiopian Civil Aviation Training Center yesterday graduated 10 candidates of the Ethiopian Air Force who accomplished the Basic Aerodrome Air Traffic Control practical training given for two consecutive months. ECAA, as part of bestowing its national responsibility of safeguarding the country’s airspace, it is proud to witness the inauguration of these ATC personnel, said Shimelis Kibreab, deputy director of Air navigation during the graduation ceremony. He, on behalf of ECAA, pledged to give similar trainings pro bono in the future.

Outstanding students were honored with prizes. Representatives of the Ethiopian Air force were present in the graduation ceremony. Two of the graduates were girls, it was testified.

Requirement for carriage & registration of ELTs operating on 406 MHz

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Ethiopia recognizes the great importance of saving lives and the need to directly involve in rendering aeronautical search and rescue (SAR) services to persons in distress.It is also important to note that in order to provide a timely SAR service and help prevent and cope with distress situations; we have to facilitate international cooperation and coordination on a daily basis.

Although international cooperation in this respect takes a multi-dimensional aspect, the COSPAS-SARSAT service is exemplary in supporting this life-saving Endeavour.

This system is a proven method of using satellite for the relay of distress alert signals from affected aircraft ELTs to the concerned rescue coordination centers (RCC) for speedy spotting and mobilization of rescue units to the sites. ELTs designed for effective compatibility with the satellite system by accurately identifying the distressed aircraft and the exact location of an accident is the one that operates on 406 MHZ frequency.

406MHZ ELTs are normally accepted since their signals play via COSPASSARSAT satellite, local user terminals (LUTs) and mission control centers (MCCs) to SAR points of contact (SPOCs) for speedy activation of SAR operations without being affected by limited range from LUTs as in the case of LETs on 121.5MHZ. It is, therefore, mandatory that aircraft equipped with ELTs operating on 406MHZ be duly registered and such records be kept at the concerned RCC.

ECAA joins the national effort of tree plantation campaign

ECAAManagement and employees of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) a conducted tree plantation campaign Thursday, June 18, 2019 at Tulu Dimtu area, located at the outskirt of Addis Ababa.

Acclaiming the commitment of the employees testified during the plantation campaign, Colonel Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw, Director General of ECAA called for collaboration once again to make the national plantation campaign which is scheduled to be held a week later.

ECAA Training center graduated Air Traffic Controllers (ATC)

ECAAThe Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) training center graduated eight Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) from the Republic of Somalia out of which two are females.

On the graduation ceremony held on June 28, 2019, State Minister of Transport, Hiwot Mossissa noted that it was a great honor to have Somalia ATC graduates in Ethiopia’s Aviation Training Center, adding that the training could enable the Government of Somalia to gain control over its air space by its own citizen controllers.

Present in the graduation ceremony were Mr.Mohamed Abudulahi Salta, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of the Republic of Somalia, Col. Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw, Director General of ECAA, Directors of the ECAA, and invited guests, among others.

Women International Day observed

Women International Day observedEmployees and the Management of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) marked Women International Day (WID) which is observed on March 8, every year all across the globe.

ECAA observed the day with various entertaining and enlightening occasions; where presentations and discussions were made among participants. Firehiwot Tessema, founder and general manager of Aquarius Aviation Service plc, showcased her experience which dyed to the success of the day.

It is known that WID is marked for the 43 rd times in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airlines Group, Stakeholders hold talks over various issues

Ethiopian Airlines Group, Stakeholders hold talks over various issuesEthiopian Airlines Group and Private Operators discussed today March7, 2019; over the 100 days plan, Aviation proclamation and draft regulation which are pertinent to enhancing the working environment of the aviation Industry.

In the meeting that was chaired by Col. Wessenyeleh Hunegnaw, Director General of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), various issues like the impact of foreign investment in the aviation industry, fundamental factors to scaling up the role of private Operators, among others, were raised.

During the final hours of the meeting which was held at ECAA’s headquarters, representatives from the Ethiopian Airlines Group reaffirmed their commitment to provide all the support to private aviation operators so that it could witness them grow and prosper, which was highly applauded from the participants.

Flight Ban

Flight BanThe Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) has banned the flight of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 over Ethiopian air space as of 10:00 AM, March 14,2019. The Authority has already announced the ban via “ Notice to Airmen” (NOTAM) to all countries across the world.

Et-Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crash investigation.

Ethiopian accident investigation team along with relevant stakeholders, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of USA, has been exerting relentless effort to further examine the cause of ET’s Boeing 737-Max 8 crash.

ኢትዮጵያ, የዓለም አቀፍ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ድርጅት (ICAO) ትሬይነር ፕላስ (Trainair Plus) ሙሉ አባል ሆነች

 ኢትዮጵያ የዓለም አቀፍ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ድርጅት (ICAO) ትሬይነር ፕላስ (Trainair Plus) ሙሉ አባል ሆነችኢትዮጵያ በአቪዬሽን ዘርፍ ባለሙያዎችን በከፍተኛ ደረጃ ስልጠና መስጠት የሚያስችላት የዓለም አቀፍ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ድርጅት (ICAO) ትሬይነር ፕላስ (Trainair Plus) ሙሉ አባል ሆነች. በአቪዬሽን ዘርፍ ጥቅም ላይ የሚውሉት ቴክኖሎጂዎች ከጊዜ ወደ ጊዜ እየተስፋፉና እያደጉ በመምጣታቸው እንዲሁም የአየር ትራፊክ መጠን እየጨመረ በመሄዱ በዘርፉ የሚሰማሩ ባለሙያዎችን በብዛትና በጥራት ማሰልጠን ወሳኝ መሆኑ ይነገራል.

በኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለሥልጣን የስልጠና ማዕከል ዳይሬክተር አቶ ተሻለ በቀለ እንዳሉት ማዕከሉ ቀደም ሲል በተለያዩ የአቪዬሽን ሙያዎች ስልጠና ሲሰጥ ቢቆይም አሁን ሙሉ አባልነት ማረጋገጫ የተገኘበት የዓለም አቀፉ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ድርጅት ትሬይነር ፕላስ ደረጃ ሃገሪቱ በዘርፉ ዓለም አቀፍ ስልጠናዎችን እንድትሰጥ፣በዚህም የተሻለ የውጪ ምንዛሪ እንዲገኝ ይረዳል ብለዋል.

ዳይሬክተሩ አያይዘውም ዓለም አቀፉ ድርጅት የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ስልጠና ማእከል አሰራርን በመገምገም በተለያዩ ጊዜያት በሚሰጠው አስተያየትና የግምገማ ውጤት መሰረት እንዲሁም የማዕከሉ ከፍተኛ ባለሙያዎች ባዘጋጁት ደረጃውን የጠበቀ የስልጠና ሰነድና መርሃ-ግብር /Standardized Training Package/ መሰረት ይህ ደረጃ ሊገኝ ችሏል ብለዋል.

ስልጠና ማዕከሉ በአሁን ሰዓት ለ20 ጅቡታያን ሰልጣኞች ስልጠና እየሠጠ የሚገኝ ሲሆን ባለፈው አመትም ለሱማሌ ላንድ የአየር ትራፊክ ተቆጣጣሪዎች ስልጠና መሥጠቱ ይታወሣል.

Standing Committee Visit ECAA

Standing Committee Visit ECAAMembers of the Transport Affairs Standing Committee with the House of Peoples Representatives (HPR) said the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) has contributed a lot to the nation’s air transport safety and development.

Upon their visit to the Headquarters of the Authority, members of the standing committee were briefed by Shemels Kibreab, ECAA Deputy Director, on the overall progress of the Authority, including major achievements and challenges faced. They also paid visits to Authority’s Training Center and Air Traffic Control Tower at Bole International Airport, where they gained insight into the major tasks of the Authority.

While briefing the members, Shemels indicated that the Authority has undertaken significant activities to enhance the nation’s air transport sector, ensuring safety and security. Nevertheless, he said, “financial constraints in implementing capacity building programs, lack of encouraging response for performance reports and incompatibility of organizational structure with duties and responsibilities are the main challenges.”

Committee members on their part stated that the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority appears to be the backbone for the advancement of the national carrier-the Ethiopian Airlines as well as the development of private air operators. They asked what relationships the Authority has with stakeholders and similar institutions in the neighboring states; whether there exist sufficient number of skilled personnel that is competent and capable of unleashing modern communication, navigation and surveillance devices and other questions.

The Deputy Director noted that the Authority has established commendable relations with stakeholders such as Ethiopian Airlines and the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise, adding that modern navigation equipment have become operational, with sufficient number of skilled manpower. Standing Committee Chairperson, honorable Kalid Ahmed said, “I’m so proud of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority that manages to control 97% of the country’s air space and ensure reliable safety in the sector.” He further stated that the encouraging activities being undertaken by the Authority need to be strengthened.

Kalid reiterated the need to retain Authority’s human resource, exert relentless effort for the implementation of air transport policy and to alleviate challenges faced with regards to organizational structure, directives, rules and regulations.

ባለስልጣን መስሪያ ቤቱ ሁለገብ ህንፃ ሊገነባ ነው የመሰረት ድንጋይ የማስቀመጥ ፕሮግራም ተካሄደ፡፡

ባለስልጣን መስሪያ ቤቱ ሁለገብ ህንፃ ሊገነባ ነው፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣን የአገልግሎት አድማሱን መስፋፋት ተከትሎ የተከሰተውን ከፍተኛ የቢሮ መጣበብ ለመቀነስ እና ብሎም የሚሰጠውን አገልግሎት በብቃትና በጥራት ለማከናወን ሁለገብ አገልግሎት የሚሰጥ ባለስድስት ፎቅ ህንፃ ከ400 መቶ ሚሊዮን ብር በላይ ወጪ ሊገነባ ቅድመ ዝግጅቱን ያጠናቀቀ ሲሆን በ22/10/2009 ዓ.ም የመሰረት ድንጋይ አስቀምጧል.

የመሰረት ድንጋዩን ያስቀመጡት የዕለቱ የክብር እንግዳ የኢፌዴሪ የትራንስፖርት ሚንስትር ክቡር አቶ አህመድ ሽዴ ሲሆኑ ፣ ከፍተኛ የመንግስት የስራ ኃላፊዎች፣ የአለምአቀፉ የሲቪል አቪዬሽን ድርጅት ፕሬዚዳንት ዶ/ር ኦሉሙዪዋ በርናርድ አልዩ፣ የቀድሞው የኢፌዴሪ ፕሬዚዳንትና የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣንን ጭምር በዋና ስራ አስፈፃሚ ያገለገሉት ክቡር ዶክተር ግርማ ወ/ጊዮርጊስ እና ሌሎች ጥሪ የተደረገላቸው እንግዶች በስነ ስርዓቱ ላይ ተገኝተዋል. በእለቱ ንግግር ያደረጉት ክቡር አቶ አህመድ ሽዴ “ለአቪዬሽን ሴክተሩ የሚደረጉ የአቅም ግንባታ ስራዎች እጅግ ወሳኝ ሚና አላቸው” ሲሉ የገለፁ ሲሆን የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣን የሚገነባው ህንፃም አገልግሎቱን የተቀላጠፈ ለማድረግ የበኩሉን አስተዋፅኦ ያበረክታል ሲሉ ያላቸውን እምነት ገልፀው ሚንስቴር መስሪያ ቤታቸውም ጥረቱን እንደሚያግዝ ጠቁመዋል.

የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣን ዋና ዳይሬክተር ኮሎኔል ወሰንየለህ ሁነኛው በበኩላቸው ከ70 ዓመታት በፊት ሶስት ቋሚ ሰራተኞችን ብቻ ይዞ በትንሽ ቢሮ ውስጥ ጎልፍ ክለብ ቅጥር ጊቢ ውስጥ ስራ የጀመረው የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ዛሬ በርካታ ቁጥር ያላቸው ሰራተኞችን በመቅጠር የአገልግሎት አድማሱን በማስፋቱ ከፍተኛ የቢሮ እጥረት እየገጠመው ይገኛል፡፡ “በመሆኑም” አሉ ዋና ስራ አስፈፃሚው “ በመሆኑም ይህ ህንፃ ተገንብቶ ሲጠናቀቅ አሁን ያለውን የቢሮ ችግር ለመቅረፍ ከመቻሉም በተጨማሪ ለሀገሪቱ ገፅታ ግንባታ የበኩሉን አስተዋፅኦ ያበረክታል” ብለዋል.

የህንፃው ዲዛይን እንደሚያሳየው ህንፃው ተገንብቶ ሲጠናቀቅ ሰራተኞች ዘመናዊና የተመቻቸ ቢሮ እንዲኖራቸው ከማስቻሉም በተጨማሪ የሲቪል አቪዬሽን ሙዝየም፣ የሲቪል አቪየሽን ማሰልጠኛ አካዳሚ፣ የተለያዩ የእስፖርትና የመዝናኛ ስፍራዎች፣ የመኪና ፓርኪንግና አረንጓዴ እንዲሁም የሚከራዩ ቢሮዎች የሚኖሩት ሲሆን በቀጣይ በብቃት ማከናወን የሚችሉ የኮንስትራክሽን ተቋማትን በክፍት ጨረታ በማጫረት የግንባታ ስራው እንደሚከናወን ለመረዳት ተችሏል.

ኢትዮጵያና ናይጄርያ የበረራ ስምምነት አሻሻሉ

ኢትዮጵያና ናይጄርያ የበረራ ስምምነት አሻሻሉኢትዮጵያና የናይጄሪያ ፌዴራላዊ ሪፐብሊክ መንግስት እ.ኤ.አ በጁላይ 5/2005 ተፈራርመውት በነበረው የአየር አገልግሎት ስምምነት አፈፃፀም ዙሪያ ላይ በመወያየት የመግባብያ ሰነድ ተፈራረሙ.

ሁለቱ ወገኖች እ.ኤ.አ ከታህሳስ 14-15/2016 አዲስ አባባ ላይ ባደረጉት የምክክር ስብሰባ የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ ወደ ናይጄሪያ በሚያደርገው የበረራ አገልግሎት የተጣለውን ቀረጥ፣ እንዲሁም አየር መንገዱ በናይጄሪያ ከትኬት እና ከልዩ ልዩ አገልግሎቶች ሽያጭ በናይጄሪያ ምንዛሪ (ኒያራ) የሰበሰበው ገቢ በውጭ ምንዛሪ (USD) ለማሰተላለፍ ከናይጄሪያ ባንኮች የገጠመውን ችግር ለመፍታት የናይጄርያ መንግስት የተቻለውን ሁሉ እያደረገ መሆኑ ተገልጿል.

የትራፊክ፣የመንገደኛ እና የካርጎ ምልልስን በተመለከተ በተደረገው ድርድር በሳምንት ቀደም ብሎ ከተፈቀደው 3 የካርጎ ምልልስ በተጨማሪ 9 የካርጎ ምልልስ በመጨመር ወደ 12 የካርጎ ኦፕሬሽን ምልልስ እንዲደረግ ተወስኗል.

የሁለቱ ልኡካን ቡድኖች ከአየር አገልግሎቱ ስምምነት ውጪ በሆኑ ልዩ ልዩ ጉዳዮች ላይ በመወያየት ውሳኔዎችን አሳልፈዋል. ስምምነቱን የፈረሙት የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣን ተወካይ ምክትል ዋና ዳይሬክተር አቶ ሽመልስ ክብረአብ ሲሆኑ የናይጄሪያ ፌዴራል ሪፐብሊክን በመወከል በትራንስፖርት ሚኒስቴር የአየር ትራንስፖርት አሰተዳደር መምሪያ ምክትል ዳይሬክተር የሆኑት ራፋኤል አይ ኢዲአሉ ናቸው.

የትራንስፖርት ሚኒስቴር ሚንስትር የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣንን ጎበኙ

የትራንስፖርት ሚኒስቴር ሚንስትር የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣንን ጎበኙየትራንስፖርት ሚኒስቴርን እንዲመሩ አዲስ የተሾሙት የተከበሩ አቶ አህመድ ሺዲ ህዳር 21/2009 ዓ.ም በአቪዬሽን ሴክተር ተቋማት ተገኝተው የሥራ ጉብኝት ያደረጉ ሲሆን በጉብኝታቸውም በኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣን ዋና መስሪያ ቤት ተገኝተው ከባለስልጣን መስሪያ ቤቱ ከፍተኛ አመራሮችና የማኔጅመንት አባላት ጋር ወይይት አድርገዋል.

በዕለቱም የኢትጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣን ዋና ዳይሬክተር ኮ/ል ወሰንየለህ ሁነኛው ባለስለጣን መስሪያ ቤቱ የተቋቋመበትን ዋና ዓላማ፣ መስሪያ ቤቱ በእስካሁኑ ጉዞው ያከናወናቸው ተግባራት፣ ኢትዮጵያ በአቪዬሽን ሴክተር ተቋም ያለችበትን ደረጃ የሚያሣይና በአገር አቀፍና በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ ባለስልጣን መስሪያ ቤቱ የአለበትን ሃላፊነት፣ እየተሠሩ ያሉ ተግባራትና ወደፊት ሊሠሩ የታሰቡ ፕሮጀክቶችንና እንደተቋም የሚታዩ ችግሮችን ለክቡር ሚንስትሩ በጽሁፍ አቅርበዋል፡፡ በቀረበው ጽሁፍ ላይ ሚንስትሩ እና የማኔጅመንት አባላት ውይይት አድርገዋል.

በእለቱም ሚንስትሩ በኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለስልጣን ዋና መስሪያ ቤት የሚገኘውን የአቪዬሽን ባለሙያዎች ስልጠና ማእከልን፣ ቦሌ አለም አቀፍ ኤርፖርት የሚገኘውን ታወር፣የኮሙዩኒኬሽንና ናቪጌሽን እንዲሁም የአየር ትራፊክ መቆጣሪያ መሳሪዎችን ጉብኝት አድርገዋል፡፡ </>

በመጨረሻም ሚኒስተሩ ሃገራችን ኢትዮጵያ በአቪዬሽን ዘርፍ የደረሰችበትን ደረጃ በማድነቅ በቀጣይ ለሚሰሩ ስራዎች ሚንስትር መስሪያ ቤቱ የበኩሉን ድጋፍ እንደሚያደርግ ክቡር ሚንስትሩ ገልጸዋል.

 

ኢትዮጵያና ዲሞክራቲክ ሪፐብሊክ ኮንጎ የአየር አገልግሎት ስምምነት አሻሽለው ተፈራረሙ

በኢፌዲሪ እና በኮንጎ ዲሞክራቲክ ሪፐብሊክ መንግሥታት መካከል ያለው የአየር አገልግሎት ስምምነት ሁለቱ ወገኖች ከመስከረም 13-14/2016 አዲስ አበባ ላይ ባደረጉት ድርድር ተሻሽሎ ተፈርሟል. በኢትዮጵያ በኩል ስምምነቱን የፈረሙት የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለሥልጣን ዋና ዳይሬክተር ኮ/ል ወሰንየለህ ሁነኛው ሲሆኑ ዲሞክራቲክ ኮንጎን በመወከል ደግሞ ሚ/ር ኧርነስት ኢላኝዋ ቦናያ (Mr.Ernest ILANG’IKWA BONKANYA) የዲሞክራቲክ ኮንጎ ትራንስፖርትና መገናኛ ሚኒስትር የአቪዬሸን አማካሪ ናቸው፤ ስምምነቱ ከ4 ዓመት በፊት የተፈረመውን የበረራ ስምምነት አቪዬሽን ከደረሰበት ደረጃና ከወቅቱ የገበያ ሁኔታ አንጻር በማሻሻል የተፈረመ ሲሆን ለኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ:

  • ለመንገደኛ አገልግሎት ወደ ኪንሻሳ፣ሉሙምባሺና ጎማ ከተሞች በሳምንት 10፣6፣3 የነበረው የበረራ ምልልስ (frequency) ወደ 12፣7፣5 ከፍ እንዲል.
  • የኪንሻሳ በረራ ከመጪው የፈረንጆቹ የበጋ ወራት (Summer) 2017 ጀምሮ በሳምንት ከ12 ወደ 14 ከፍ እንዲል፤
  • ለጭነት በረራ ለሦስቱም መዳረሻዎች በሳምንት 7 የነበረው የበረራ ምልልስ (frequency) ለያንዳንዱ መዳረሻ በሳምንት 7 ሆኖ በድምሩ ወደ 21 ከፍ እንዲል.
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Ethiopia Modernizes Air Traffic Control

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia 2013): Following the commissioning of modern surveillance equipment in the country, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) has graduated 24 Air Traffic Controllers in modern surveillance technology in a three round trainings conducted under a training project jointly organized by ECAA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

On the training project completion event, Colonel Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw, Director General of ECAA, said the attempt of modernizing the Air Traffic Management through the acquisition of modern surveillance technology and continuous training reveals the commitments of the Ethiopian government to realize a safe and efficient civil aviation service.

Speaking on the event, Mr. Muhammad Khawaj, ICAO Project Coordinator, said ADS-B technology of which the trainees have acquired operational skill, has proven to be more accurate, advanced and cost effective than RADAR. He also said, adopting this technology in providing safety in the skies of Ethiopia is a sign of the strategic vision of the Aviation management. According to Mr. Mohammed Khawaj, USA, Canada and Australia have started using this technology, however they didn’t cover their entire territories as Ethiopia has done. Adding, to his speech Mr. Mohammed Khawaj emphasized the fact that Ethiopia is probably the first country to implement the technology across the continent. The graduates, according to the project coordinator, have acquired the required knowledge and skill that makes them capable of operating both RADAR as well as Automatic Dependant Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-B) systems.

As a result of the just completed training project, the surveillance technology has become operational for 24 hours. Ethiopian instructors, who have taken Train-The Trainer- course, have replaced ICAO Technical Cooperation Bureau Instructors and currently conducting surveillance training by themselves.

Ethiopia and Vietnam Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Air Transport Agreement

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia 16th July 2013): Colonel Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw, Director General, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and Mr. VO Huy Cuong, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam Socialist Republic put their signature on the MOU.

On the occasion of signing the MOU, Colonel Wesenyeleh noted that signing the bilateral agreement is not only benefiting the two countries that are in the in the course of a rapid economic growth, but it also allows the Ethiopian Airline, a rapidly growing African Airline, to extend its destinations to the Far East and Indian Ocean regions.

The MOU signed at initial level was hosted by the Vietnamese Government Between July 11 & 12/2013 in Vietnam, Hanoi. It gives a provision of making 7 passenger and 7 cargo flights per week between Hanoi and Addis Ababa following its endorsement by the full signature of the representatives of the two countries.

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