• June 2015


Johannesburg – South Africa. Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Ltd, in conjunction with the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Global, is the proud host of the CANSO Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 19th Global Air Traffic Management (ATM) Summit, as well as the 3rd CANSO Africa Conference - to be held in Durban, South Africa on 13 - 16 June 2015.

Over 225 representatives of top Global Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and ATM industry stakeholders have registered to attend. The CANSO Global ATM Summit, which is themed "Strengthening Air Traffic Management", will mainly look at four aspects namely, economics, technology, infrastructure and regulation. Most importantly, the Summit will focus on global ATM achievements to date.

The opening economics session will feature a presentation from the World Bank, whose emphasis will be on global aviation infrastructure and most importantly, the challenges relating to the funding of ATM initiatives in different regions and/or continents. Subsequent sessions will be on high profile case studies that will include among others, Remote Towers, Converging Runway Operations and Time-Based Separation.

The afore-mentioned sessions will comprise a mix of formats that will include presentations, intensive panel discussions and audience participation.

The 3rd CANSO Africa Conference’s theme is "Moving towards Sustainable and Safe ATM in Africa". According to CANSO Africa chairperson and ATNS CEO, Thabani Mthiyane, participants are scheduled to discuss critical standard International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s recommended practices - that of ensuring aviation contributes to economic growth in Africa. "Key Topics are, among others, Status and Challenges on Sustainable ATM in Africa, Liberalization of Air Transport, enabling Technologies, and the critical aspect of Safety and Security" said Thabani.

CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole says this is an exciting time for aviation in Africa with many challenges as well as opportunities. "It is therefore appropriate that Africa is providing the stage for the industry to discuss the latest developments in the industry at the Global ATM Summit; to explore the steps needed to meet the challenges of sustainable ATM performance in Africa at the CANSO Africa Conference; and, of course for the CANSO Annual General Meeting. We are most grateful to ATNS for hosting all three events" he concluded.

ATNS will spearhead a number of industry exhibitions that will showcase some of the best aviation products and services currently on offer.

  • June 2014


The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa’s Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has been declared the recipient of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 2014 Worldwide Top Regional Training Partner (RTP) Award.

This announcement was made last night - during the 2014 IATA Global Training Partner Congress, currently underway in Canada, North America.

IATA has 25 Regional Training Providers around the world.

ATNS has been recognised for “the impressive results achieved and outstanding contributions” by its Training Academy for “its part in developing the human capital of the air transport industry” in 2013.

To achieve this outstanding feat, ATNS ATA conducted more than thirty (30) IATA training courses and trained more than five hundred (500) candidates.

South Africa and in particular ATNS, has shown its mettle as a regional leader in aviation safety. This is according to ATNS CEO, Thabani Mthiyane. “Its quest to develop the human capital of the aviation industry in the African continent is being fully recognised. We are part of a continental collective, whose mission is to upgrade the skills of aviation professionals thereby strengthening the African aviation as a whole. As ATNS, we are honoured to receive this award from IATA” concluded Thabani.

ATNS is committed to serving the Air Traffic Management (ATM) community by deploying leading technology with foresight, as well as continual improvement to safety, which demonstrates ATNS’ commitment to IATA’s training programs. ATNS puts people and safety first - by rigorously training and upgrading safety knowledge and skills, and is committed to upholding aviation industry’s safety standards, legislation and practices.

The ATA has proudly trained more than 9000 international and local delegates since 2000 to date. A wide variety of training programs are offered to prepare graduates for a successful professional career in Air Traffic Services and Engineering Support.

The 2014 IATA Worldwide Top RTP Award comes at a very good time. On 22nd July 2014, ATNS will be celebrating 21 years of Excellent Air Traffic Management service provision. The company has seen the growth of the industry and a host of innovative ways of delivering world-class safety and operational performance. Training has indeed been top of the list.

The ATNS ATA has in 2011 and 2012, been voted the best Training Academy by IATA.

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