International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) Africa Region Meeting and Conference in Nairobi Kenya July 31 – August 3, 2018

Welcome Message

Permit to express the region’s gratitude and my personal one to Robert Jere Omusonga and his team as well as the KATSEA, and KCAA for hosting the 8th IFATSEA regional Conference. I know Kenya to be an aviation hub, a giant one of course not only for East Africans but the entire continent and have the pride of Africa flying the national colours all over the world. It was therefore not surprising to me when KATSEA finally took the hosting right for this regional meeting.

Our industry in aviation is Air Navigation Services primarily for the provision of air traffic services. Two of the major components within these services are the air traffic controllers and the air traffic safety engineers. The air-traffic control services are responsible for the safe and efficient flight realization. In air traffic Services delivery, Air Traffic Controllers remain in constant contact with the Pilots to provide separation for aircrafts and support the Pilots in distress and abnormal situations.

The technical services for air traffic control are provided by Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP). The ATSEPs are the only authorized and competent proven staffs, to supervise and release air traffic safety equipment for operations.
ATSEP therefore are a crucial component of the aviation safety chain system. In the ATM operational concept, the human is at the center and for sure human factors and competence will continue to remain a central component of the ATS performance today and future. The keyword for the conference theme is “Aviation Safety and Security” and this conference has a mandate in formulating a resolution to highlight our contributions to aviation safety and security. Personnel licensing and certification as well as other forms of regulation provides one tool for ensuring the quality of this key element in the ATS system.

In order for the quality of ATS personnel to be assured in an increasingly, flexible, fragmented and deregulated environment, there is the need for a compelling consideration for additional personnel regulatory measures to include the ATSEP license (Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel license).

ATM is critically dependent on the employees that form the core of the system, including controllers, engineers and air crew.

The CNS Engineers who form part of the safety and security sensitive personnel within the ATS system operate without any form of license. This is a blot on safety and I urge states and organizations such as CANSO to assume process champions for this realization.

Given that, the human being is at the center of the ATS system, it will be entirely appropriate that safety regulators have a tool at their disposal that will confirm that employees in all safety and security sensitive functions within the system have the necessary competence and current knowledge required to fulfill their functions in a safe and secure manner. This means, in particular the recognition of licensing and certification to ATSEPs.

Countries like Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Germany Ghana, Austria, and Czech Republic to mention a few, have ATSEP licensing implemented as part of the requirement to ensure safety and security of the ATS environment.

The implementation of the ATSEP License will lead to the proof of the competence, ability and eligibility of ATSEPs. The next gen of ATM systems provides a new operational environment as the ATM systems are based on trajectory management, and high performing technologies with high levels of automation. Understandably, a lot more technologies are being developed to meet the requirements. With the pace of SESSAR in Europe and NEXTGEN in US, in defining the new ATM and systems, technology has now become the bedrock to achieve a safe, secure and performing Air Navigation Services. It also means increased responsibilities for ATSEP as we transitioned from the legacy systems to the new technology driven systems. ATSEP role based on the new technologies are exceedingly huge, demanding and critical. The absence of license to the ATSEP is therefore is a risk to the industry now and the future which is here with us.

Once again, congratulations to KATSEA and KCAA for hosting this event and my kind effusive thanks for the great investment in the conference.

Ing. Frank Kofi Apeagyei
IFATSEA Africa Region Director

The objects and problems of electronics in the field of air traffic safety are the same all over the world. They can be mastered only by international co-operation, mutual understanding, and an exchange of ideas and experience.

To achieve this aim and purpose, the Kenya Air Traffic Systems Engineering Association (KATSEA) was founded to unite the engineering professionals working in the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and other related sectors that contribute to the association’s objectives. Kenya like other African states have sort to maintain affiliation with International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association (IFATSEA) to benefit from the synergy of its international affiliates on professional and technical matters.

It is therefore necessary that all Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) in Africa, who follow a common profession with similar challenges, should pool their efforts towards a furtherance of safety of air navigation and become united in a worldwide professional federation which is based on the principle of co-operation on technical and professional matters, excluding any political or religious debates and activities.

In view of the foregoing, Kenya will be hosting the 8th IFATSEA Africa regional meeting from July 31st to August 3rd, 2018 in Nairobi. The main theme of the conference shall be “Aviation Safety and Security; ATSEPs Contributions”.

Hence, Kenya takes this opportunity to welcome all ATSEP stakeholders and partners in Africa to Nairobi, the green city in the sun. Jambo na Kairibu.

Robert Jere Omusonga
KATSEA President

Growth of aviation industry in Africa has necessitated the need for technical and economic cooperation that drives capacity building and professionalism in aviation industry. Technology transfer in development, engineering and maintenance of aviation systems forms the basis for this growth.

Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) who are our engineers and technicians in communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) systems have come together from around Africa to share engineering challenges and solutions for the benefit of aviation industry. ATSEPs form a core part of the technical teams whose roles contribute to aviation safety and security within our airspace.

Kenya via International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) is hosting this continental event to promote safety, technology, innovation and manpower development for ATSEPs, manufacturers, system designers, aviation training organizations, air navigation service providers, civil aviation authorities and aviation safety experts.

By operating CNS equipment that enables communication between air traffic controllers and pilots, flight navigation via instruments and surveillance via integrated radar systems, ATSEP operations ensure safety of aircrafts, crew, passengers, environment and the airspace at large.

In order to effectively regulate ATSEP operations, air navigation service providers, civil aviation authorities and IFATSEA under guidance of ICAO have promoted inclusion of ATSEP operations into state civil aviation regulations.

In Kenya, the Civil Aviation (Personnel Licensing) Regulations 2018, now provides for inclusion of ATSEPs into regulatory framework that deals with issuance of licenses, certifications, ratings and authorizations. This is expected to delegate safety responsibilities to individual ATSEPs on actions pertaining to their roles and duties.

Therefore, the purpose of this forum is to discuss matters of ATSEPs contribution to safety and security in aviation industry. The key issues brought for deliberation in this forum include;

  • Redefining roles and responsibilities of ATSEPs that touch on aviation safety
  • Safety and security sensitization in ATSEP operations to enhance and regulate engineering and maintenance services
  • Gains and challenges in legal and regulatory framework for implementing ATSEP state licensing
  • ATSEP competence based training and assessment as a key contributor to aviation safety
  • In addition this is one in a series of forums that are building ICAO general assembly 2019 agenda on ATSEP recognition in Annex I

Capt. Gilbert M. Kibe
Director General, KCAA

General Information

General information about 8th IFATSEA Africa Region Meeting 2018

Airport of arrival: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is situated 16 km (about 20 minutes’ drive) from the City centre. The fare from the Airport to the City centre by Public Service Buses (City Hoppa, KBS and Double M) is around Kshs 100. Taxis are readily available and the taxi fare from the Airport to the City centre is between Kshs 2000 -3000. However, it is advisable to confirm the charges before getting into the vehicle. The state-controlled KENATCO have by law to charge per kilometre. For those who may wish to hire taxis the following is a list of those recommended.

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In general, there are four distinct seasons in Kenya which are summarized as follows:
Cool dry season – mid June to early October
As the southeast monsoon sets in the rains give way to the driest season. Low-level moisture however ensures there is a lot of cloud and often, in Nairobi, the sun may not be seen for days. In contrast the nights are clear. Nairobi’s mean maximum temperature is reduced to 21°C and minimum to 10°C
Short rainy season – mid-October to mid-December
In Nairobi, November's rainfall of 167 mm is only exceeded by that of April and May although sunshine averages 7 hours a day compared with the 4 hours that accompany the dry months of June, July and August. Prior to the short rains, in September and early October, there is an abrupt change to warmer sunnier weather.

While all travellers arriving in Kenya should have a valid Passport, Kenya entry visas are not required for nationals from the East African Community (EAC) countries. Participants are therefore advised to ascertain whether or not they are exempt from the Kenyan visa requirements at our respective embassies.

Those who are not exempt should apply for visas well in advance from Kenya High Commissions or Embassies, which will issue them upon presentation of documentation showing that the applicants are designated representatives to a particular IFATSEA Africa region meeting to be held in Nairobi/Kenya. For countries with no Kenya High Commission or Embassy, the British Embassy or High Commission will generally represent Kenya and be in a position to issue visas.

A valid Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into Kenya. It is recommended that visitors be vaccinated for hepatitis A.

For Kenya Visas, kindly visit Kenya Immigration website





07h30 – 08h50

Arrival of delegates, registration


08h50 – 09h00

Master of Ceremony remarks

Ali Salim Bakari, Elijah Mithanga

09h10 – 09h20

Speech by KATSEA President

Robert Jere Omusonga

09h20 – 09h30

Speech by Africa Region Director IFATSEA

Ing. Frank Kofi Apeagyei

09h30 – 09h45

Speech by IFATSEA board President

Mr. Thorsten Wehe

09h45 – 09h50

Address by Director General KCAA

Capt. Gilbert Kibe

09h50 – 10h05

ICAO ESAF Regional Director

Mr. Barry Kashambo

10h05 – 10h20

Address by KCAA Board Chairman

Eng. Joseph Nkadayo

10h20 – 10h45

Keynote speech and official opening by CS MOTIHUD

Hon. James W. Macharia

10h45 – 11h30

Break: Morning Tea/Coffee/Exhibition



Address by Director, ANS

Ms. Charity Musila

11h45 – 13h00

PANEL 04; Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of ATSEP.


5. ATSEPs; Key drivers in air navigation services

6. ATSEP roles and responsibilities beyond ATC console

Moderator; Ephantus Irungu, Senior ATSEP –CWS  KCAA


§  James Nderitu, Chief Engineer JKIA -KCAA

§  Ishaya Dung, President NAAE Nigeria

§  President ATENA Tunisia

§  Wilberforce Lalang, Senior ATSEP – MIA KCAA


13h00 – 14h00

Lunch Break


14h15 – 15h20

PANEL 08; ATSEPs as engineering professionals


28. Contributions of engineering technologists and technicians to safety of users of technology; opportunities, challenges, risks and mitigations

29.The licensed engineer; ethics, roles and responsibilities that enhance security and safety

Moderator; Edwin Sifuna, Senior ATSEP Malindi KCAA


§  Alice Mutai, Registrar, KETRB,

§  Eng. Nicholas M. Musuni, Registrar, EBK

§  Lucas Makomondi, Head of Training, EASA KCAA

§  Nixon Baraza Senior ATSEP JKIA KCAA

15h20 – 15h50

Break: Tea/coffee/ Exhibition


15h50 – 17h00

PANEL 09; ATSEPs in maintenance operations;


Safety and security considerations in;

23. Communication systems

24. Navigation systems

25. Surveillance systems

38. Auxiliary Systems

Moderator; Robert Omusonga, President KATSEA, CANS KIA KCAA


§  Engr. Ahmed Farouk, Director safety electronics and engineering services – NAMA

§  Eng. Nicholas Odwar, Manager Engineering services –KCAA

§  Engr. John Ali, Head of telecommunication Engineering School –NCAT, Nigeria

§  Lucas Makomondi, Head of Training, EASA KCAA

17h00 – 17h20


Elijah Mithanga

17h20 – 18h30

Social Break


18h30 – 21h30

Welcome Cocktail [Dress Code: Smart Casual]

Elijah Mithanga

Allocated time



08h50 – 09h00

Morning remarks by master of ceremony

Ms. Umi Kerre

09h00 -0915

Key Note Address

Africa Region Director IFATSEA

Ing. Frank Kofi Apeagyei

09h15 – 10h30

PANEL 06: ATSEPs safety appraisal in air navigation services.


ATSEPs contributions to safety in;

11.Air traffic control services

12.Aeronautical information services

13.Aeronautical communication services

19.Flight navigation services -from pilots perspective

Moderator; Ms. Flora Wakolo, Chief Air traffic control officer – KCAA


§  Hitler Olwenge, Manager, Air Traffic services –KCAA

§  Mr. Solomon Kirimi Rukaria IFAIMA/KAISOA

§  Tom Gusigolo, President KACOA

§  Peter Oduor, KATCA

10h30 – 11h00

Break: Morning tea/coffee/ Exhibition


11h00 – 13h00

PANEL 01: ATSEP recognition in ICAO Annex 1.


1. CAAs preparations for ICAO general assembly 2019.

3. CANSO Africa support for ATSEPs

4. ATSEP contributions to ICAO strategic goals and ASBU

8. Presentation of a safety case for ATSEPS at ICAO general assembly 2019

9. Historical Path to ATSEP licensing

Moderator; IFATSEA Africa Director – Ing. Frank Kofi Apeagyei


§  Capt Gilbert Kibe - DG KCAA

§  Capt. Muhktar Shaibu Usman - DG NCAA

§  Ms. Popy Khosa - DCA SACAA

§  Ing. Simon Allotey - DG GCAA

§  Hamza Johari -DG TCAA

§  Dr. David Mpango Kakuba MD CAA Uganda

§  Mr. Thorsten Wehe, Executive Secretary, IFATSEA

§  Mr. Barry Kashambo, ICAO –ESAF office Regional Director

§  Ms. Boni Dibate, CANSO Director Africa affairs

13h00 – 14h00

Lunch Break


14h10 – 15h20

PANEL 05: Regulating ATSEPs operations; safety and security factors.


10. Aviation regulators’ perspective of ATSEPs as contributors in safety and security services

18. ATSEPs contribution to airport safety and security

26. Human factors in ATSEP operations; Safety and security considerations

27. SMS and risk management in ATSEP operations

Moderator; Christine Chepkirui Senior ATSEP JKIA KCAA


§  Capt. Tom Ogenche, Director aviation safety standards and regulations  -KCAA

§  Ms. Millicent Henga, Senior AVSEC instructor – EASA

§  Dr. Michael Aomo, Chief SMS coordinator KCAA

§  Mr. George Oragwu, Aviation Safety inspector, NCAA

§  Eng. Portas Oganga, Chief CNS Inspector KCAA

15h20– 15h50

Tea/coffee break/exhibition/Announcements


15h50 – 17h00

PANEL 07: ATSEPs in systems development.


20. ANS cybersecurity plan; implementation, opportunities and challenges

21. CNS equipment development and integrity; value added facilities for safety and security

22. CNS projects management; security and safety considerations

37. Market edge innovations in Aviation Technology

Moderator; Isaac Rono, Senior ATSEP JKIA KCAA


§  William Omolo, Selex ES Technologies Limited  - Sponsors

§  Mr. Nenad Jackovic, Jotron AS – Sponsors

§  Eng. Erick Meli, Chief ANS Officer – KCAA

§  Communications Authority of Kenya

17h00 – 17h20

Announcements, Day’s Break

Ms. Umi Kerre




08h50 – 09h00

Morning remarks by master of ceremony

Mr. James W. Nderitu


Speech by Director, EASA

Dr.  Mugambi G. K. M’Nchebere

09h10 – 10h30

PANEL 02: ATSEP licensing implementation; legal and regulatory framework


2. ATSEP licensing; ANSPs opportunities and challenges

7. Incorporating ATSEP licensing in state PEL Civil Aviation Regulations

39. ATSEP regulations vs statutory engineering regulations; conflicts and harmonization.

Moderator; Eng. Erick Meli – Chief officer ANS KCAA


§  Ing. Charles Kraikue -DDG technical GCAA

§  Ms. Charity Muthoni - Director ANS KCAA

§  Engr. Adeyinka Osunwusi - Head of training, licensing and staff matters NAMA

§  Mr. Cyril Wayongo – Manager Legal services KCAA

10h30 – 11h00

Break: Morning tea/coffee/ exhibition


11h00 – 11h30

Speech: Curriculum development assessment and certification challenges in Africa

Prof. Charles Ondieki, Director General TVET CDACC Kenya

11h00 – 13h30

PANEL 10: ATSEP training.


15. ATSEP competence based training and assessment in Africa; implementation, opportunities and  challenges

16. Aligning ATSEP training with emerging technologies in aviation industry

17.Capacity development plan in aviation training; production of high skilled ATSEP instructors and assessors

Moderator; Dr. Serah Waitiki – Registrar Academics EASA, KCAA


§  Dr.  Mugambi G. K. M’Nchebere,   Director East African School of Aviation, KCAA

§  Ms. Tendani Ndou, Principal -ATNS Aviation Training Academy, SA

§  Capt. Abdulsalami Mohammed, Rector Nigeria College of Aviation Technology

§  MarteyBoye Atokolo – Executive Director, Training Academy GCAA

§  Sam Mahlangu, Manager Engineering training  ATA –SA

§  Evans Omondi, Senior Curriculum Developer, ATSEP

13h00 – 14h00

Lunch Break


14h00 – 15h00

PANEL 03: Operationalization of ATSEPS state licensing; gains and challenges.


Updates from,

30. Nigeria

31. Ghana

33. Kenya

34. Tanzania

35. Uganda

Moderator; Ms. Farida Mitei, Senior Engineer ANS JKIA KCAA

§  Panelists;

§  Emmanuel Mikongoti –CNS Inspector TCAA

§  Andrew Mwesige – President UGATSEA

§  Engr. Adeyinka Osunwusi - Head of training, licensing and staff matters NAMA

§  Mr. Robert Omusonga –President KATSEA and Chief ANS officer KCAA

§  Mr. Fredrick Opoku –President GHATSEA

15h00 – 15h30

Break: Tea/coffee/ exhibition/announcements


15h30 – 17h00

Plenary session: Affiliates’ representatives and delegates only, adoption of conference resolutions

§  IFATSEA Africa Director – Ing. Frank Kofi Apeagyei

§  Thorsten Wehe, President   IFATSEA

17h00 – 17h30

Closing Speech

Capt. Gilbert Kibe, Director, General, KCAA

17h30 – 18h30

Social Break


18h30 – 21h30

Gala Dinner (Music & African Dance) [Dress Code: African Attire]

Ms. Loise Mwangi



Allocated time


08h30 – 16h00



Visit to KWS Animal Orphanage

Visit to Bomas of Kenya

Lunch out



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Event Location

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Bellevue, Off Mombasa Road
Red Cross Rd
Nairobi City
Phone: +254 722 920222 or +254 737 920222 (KCAA)


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