Uganda will become the first African country to host the Global Aeronautical Information Management conference that brings together industry lead players and exhibitors of the latest trends in aviation technology.
The conference by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in conjunction with the International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Association (IFAIMA)
IFAIMA is a body that brings together Aeronautical information management (AIM) professionals and associations world over. Uganda is affiliated to IFAIMA through the Uganda Aeronautical Information Service Officers’ Association (UGAISOA), the body that brings together Aeronautical Information Management professionals in Uganda.
From 23rd to 25th May 2017, Uganda shall be host to over 200 delegates at a conference dubbed ‘Global AIM Kampala 2017’ at Kampala Serena Hotel.
Confirmation of Uganda as the host for the annual event was made at the 2016 event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2015 event was held in Hanoi, Vietnam (Asia). Previous events were held in UAE, Turkey, Portugal and Argentina.
“This is an international vote of confidence in the ability of Uganda’s air transport,” Vianney Luggya, Civil Aviation Authority’s acting manager for public and corporate affairs told New Vision in a telephone interview.
Luggya explained that Uganda was chosen to host the conference due to its active and consistent participation in IFAIMA activities thereby contributing to the development of the profession.
“All our aeronautical information services (AIS) staff shall have the opportunity to attend and benefit from the knowledge shared by industry experts during the conference, unlike other occasions where Uganda has sent utmost two participants due to budget constraints,” Luggya also said.
He added that participants are expected to discuss different technical issues regarding the transition from aeronautical information services to aeronautical information management and the changing trends within the profession.
According to Andrew Kabakubya, CAA’s Aeronautical Information Management officer who presented Uganda’s bid to host the conference in Rio de Janeiro last year, the hosting countries traditionally use the platform to showcase their tourism potential to the world and Uganda will be no exception in this regard.
The conference comes at a time when Uganda has just completed automation of the Aeronautical Information Management processes at Entebbe International Airport leading to automated management of: flight plans, notices to airmen (NOTAM) and electronic Aeronautical Information Publications (eAIPs).
The new system has led to efficiency and timely provision of accurate aeronautical information, reduction in costs incurred by air operators in updating AIPs, reduction in human errors, and Ubiquitous Flight preparation where by pilots and other users now enjoy the convenience to perform flight planning and self-briefing (Pre-Flight Information Bulletins) and access to electronic Aeronautical Information Publications using any web enabled device.