WILSON CONGESTION MEETING 6 MAY 2008 AT 14:30
The Kenya Airports Authority has invited stakeholders to a Meeting about the “Congestion” at Wilson Airport. The meeting is scheduled at the Wilson Airport Social Hall, near Wilson Police Station, at 1430 hours on 7 May 2008.
Operators and pilots are particularly concerned about the requirement that ALL aircraft MUST taxi to the Terminal before and after each flight, for a “Security Check”. They maintain that the requirement leads to ‘congestion’, is costly, time-consuming, ineffective, unnecessary, and above all, unsafe. Nowhere in the world is such a mandate in place. To prove their point, Operators point to many ‘close calls’ of passengers walking into propellers, and to the recent collision at the Terminal between two aircraft. They have already indicated that the mandate is an infraction of ICAO, KCAA and FAA Regulations and will bring this matter to the attention of the ICAO auditors who will begin their safety and security audit of Kenya in June.
In readiness for tomorrow’s meeting, which as many pilots and operators as possible are urged to attend, the Aero Club has released an ‘Aide Memoire”, shown below, to assist in the discussion. The Aero Club points out that If the Recommendations of the air operators had been implemented years ago, Millions of dollars would have been saved in airplane taxiing costs and security staff expenses. This could have paid many times over for the modern CCTV system, the apron monitoring stations, and the photo ID system for Pilot licences.
CONGESTION AT WILSON AIRPORT
The Requirement to Taxi to the Terminal for Security Checks:
Opinions of the Air Operators about the Reasons given for the Requirement by the Government Authorities
AVGAS RUNS OUT AGAIN AT WILSON
Kenya Shell has just advised today (6 May 2008) that “Bulk Supplies” of AVGAS have run out again, for “reasons beyond our control”. Kenya Shell hopes that supplies will return to normal in a week or so. The Aero Club has written to Shell, asking for clarification and more details.
AIRFIELD MANUAL GROWING
The Aero Club’s web-based Airfield Manual for East Africa is growing. Pilots are now uploading airfield information and photos onto the new web site and it is expected that over 100 airstrips will be uploaded within the next few months. All pilots are urged to take photos of the airfields into which they fly. Aerial as well as ground shots are required.
The Club wants to make this the most accurate and up-to-date airfield data base for East Africa. For further information, and uploading of airfields, please go to www.aeroclubea.net
Over the next few months, ICAO inspectors will swarm into Kenya’s aviation authorities to assess the state of the aviation sector. At issue are the regulatory framework, staff qualifications and competence, safety, security, etc. The Government and the tourist industry have an interest in ensuring that ICAO standards are met, so that international airlines can continue to operate to/from Kenya. ICAO is less interested in small commercial operations that operate locally, flying aircraft of less than 5700 kg AUW, and it is completely disinterested the minor aviation disciplines such as private aviation or microlights and gyrocopters. Nevertheless, the ICAO inspectors will look at the overall aviation environment.
The Kenyan air operators are planning to meet with the ICAO auditors to present to them their views about some of the KAA and KCAA requirements and their ways of addressing certain aviation issues. Operators will also seek clarification about the SARPS and Annexes. They maintain that KAA and KCAA do not fully understand what ICAO requires from its member States and that this has led to rules that are meant mainly for large airliners being applied wrongfully to general and sport aviation. This is injuring the growth of flying in Kenya.
NAVEX PLANNED FOR JUNE
The Aero Club is planning to hold its “NAVEX” on the week-end of 13-15 June. The purpose of the event is for a crew (pilot and navigator) to fly their aircraft along a route, on track and on time (to the second). Crews are given a map and co-ordinates of turning points to guide them. GPS or other navigation devices are not permitted on board. Marshallers will be placed in secret locations of the route to detect timings and any violations of the rules.
The rally will kick off from Orly Airport at 10 o’clock on 13 June, ending the day at Taita Hills Lodge. En route, crews will be given other tasks to perform. On 14 June crews will have a rest day on which they can give aviation demonstrations at the lodge. This may include spot landing competitions, balloon bursting, streamer cutting, etc. Model aircraft demos and skydiving displays will also form part of this ‘mini-air show’. On 15 June, crews will fly the return leg of the rally, again back to Orly.
The entry fee is Kshs. 10,000 and awards will be given. This promises to be a fun week-end and all pilots, including beginners and pros, are urged to participate. For further information or registration, please contact Captains Eric Boullay, Chris Hardisty or Ashif Lalani. Please indicate crew, aircraft, and desired average speed range (within + or – 5 knots) for purposes of seeding.
AERO CLUB PUBLISHES KCAA AIRCAFT REGISTER ON ITS WEB SITE
All those interested in the types, sizes and numbers of aircraft in Kenya, and other interesting statistics, can now find the up-to-date (March 31, 2008) KENYA AIRCRAFT REGISTER on the Aero Club Web Site www.aeroclubea.net. It shows that the vast majority of aircraft is below 5700 kg All Up Weight. You can check the data entered for your aircraft. Any errors and omissions should be sent to Mr. Hitler Olwenge, Air Traffic Services, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, email@example.com.
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