By Tobby Otum
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority is at an advanced stage to finalizing the Civil Aviation (Air Traffic Services) in line with regulations 2022.
The authority board chair Joseph Nkadayo said the move is in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO].
He said it is in line with the recommendations for fatigue management to operationalize Fatigue Management Procedures.
“In general, ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices in various Annexes support both the prescriptive approach and the performance-based approach in fatigue management,” he pointed out.
Nkadayo however said fatigue management has to be shared responsibility between the state and the Air Navigation providers.
His remarks were contained in his speech read on his behalf by the authority board member David Njathi during the 33rd International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association [IFATCA] Africa and Middle East Regional Meeting held at Pride Inn Paradise beach resort convention centre in Nyali constituency, Mombasa county. The three day meeting marks 100 years of Air Traffic Control and Safety in the continent and the Middle East and coincided with the Kenya’s national Mashujaa Day celebration.
The KCCA boss said it is also good to note that the Personnel Licensing Regulations 2022 have clearly defined and stipulated the maximum working hours for an Air Traffic Controller.
Kenya Air Traffic Controllers Association (KATCA) President cum Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joshua Ngere told the forum that their core mandate stems from the provision of Article 28 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, popularly known as the Chicago Convention.
He reiterated the association’s commitment and that of the ATC fraternity in Kenya is to assure the world that they will continue to work with dedication and commitment to ensure that the Kenyan airspace is safe, secure and efficient.
“This is in the support of the international air transport system,” he pointed out.