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Rwanda CAA introduces Global Navigation Satellite System(GNSS) at Kigali Airport




Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority has announced that, they have introduced a new system to improve departures and arrivals procedures. This system calls Global Navigation Satellite System. This system aims to reduce flight times and cost for airlines, by reducing fuel consomation, but also will improve safety.



GNSS : how it works ?




Richard Gatete is the Rwandan expert for GNSS :


Gatete Richard is a senior communication, navigation and surveillance engineer at the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority/ Air Navigation Service Provider Department.


“I believeGNSS technology is the futureand holds the key to safer, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable airnavigation,” says Gatete.


Gatete feels that TREGA has boosted his skills and knowledge as an engineer. He hopes that the training will enable him to advise his institution on the necessity of GNSS/ EGNOS
technology and the enormous benefits that it presents to all the aviation stakeholders.


Source ICTP : International Centre for Theoretical Physics : HERE





Jeppesen Company delivers a new digital air traffic navigator for Kigali Airport





Eric Kabeera


Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority has acquired a new digital navigation system that will help in enhancing the safety of both oncoming and departing planes.


The Rwf1.3 billion new HVF Omni Directional Radio Range (VOR) will send strong communication signals to pilots unlike the outdated analogue system.


Kizito Bongayi, the head of air traffic management at RCCA, said the old system had developed glitches and would send poor and misleading signals between pilots and controllers at Kigali International Airport.


“The digital signals are transmitted fast, and are strong and stable, which helps us to prepare for aircraft arriving from various destinations,” Bongayi said.


“It’s important for us especially as the air traffic grows; with the new procedures, we now have two holding patterns which facilitate in landing and departing of aircrafts,” he told The New Times.


Holding pattern


In aviation, a holding pattern is a specific location where a plane remains flying as it awaits clearance for landing or to proceed. This is done to ensure flight safety.


Bongayi said the old system had only one holding pattern that was also situated in a climbing zone, which exposed aircrafts to risk of collision.


The new technology was installed by Jeppersen Company, an American firm that specialises in navigational information.


Bongayi said the new system started operating last week when foreign delegates were jetting into the country to attend the 20th Genocide commemoration event.


At one point, about 14 planes were being kept waiting in a holding pattern as others were departing to provide space, he said.




VOR (VHF Omni-Range) is the basic Electronic navigation that in use today . This VHF Omni-Range navigation method relies on the ground based transmitters which emitted signals to VOR receiver. The VOR system operates in the VHF frequency band , from 108.0 to 117.95 MHz. The reception of VHF signals is a line of sight situation . You must be on the minimum altitude of 1000 feet (AGL) above ground level in order to pick up an Omni signals service range

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