The Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will be deepening its air traffic management capabilities using an expanded portfolio of products from Aireon, the world’s leading provider of space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services.

ASECNA, who has been operational using Aireon data across its 6 managed FIRs since 2020, plans to use AireonFLOW for air traffic flow management capabilities, which will help the ANSP to extend visibility of flights outside its busy airspace and help better predict traffic flows planning to enter in its airspace. The parties have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement, with a definitive Agreement to be finalized in the coming weeks.

“ASECNA has proven its leadership in the world for air traffic surveillance and safety. They were an early-adopter of space-based ADS-B, and now they are the first ANSP in Africa to plan usage of AireonFLOW,” said Don Thoma, Aireon CEO. “Aireon is looking forward to a continued partnership with ASECNA.”

“This new capability is completely aligned with the ASECNA strategy of a Single African Airspace. By having the ability to extend traffic visibility outside ASECNA airspace, the African continent will be aligning ATFM capabilities with Europe and the US, using state of the art technologies to evolve and accommodate traffic demand, avoiding delays and reducing carbon footprint,” said Mohamed Moussa, Director General of ASECNA.

AireonFLOW, which is already in operation with EUROCONTROL, provides gate-to-gate, high-fidelity ATS surveillance data, which, when combined with flight and airspace contextual information, enhances prediction capabilities of flow management and other relevant air traffic capacity and demand platforms.