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Tuesday 25 September 2018

NEWS & EVENTS

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: AVSEC SECURITY TRAINING

The Authority’s Aviation Security (AVSEC) department recently trained security officers from Fidelity Services Group in the initial AVSEC Basic 123 course at King Mswati III International Airport. Fidelity Services Group have been awarded a private contract to enhance security and safety at King Mswati III and Matsapha airports for a period of three years.

The AVSEC 123 course aims to train contract security personnel in how to effectively apply proactive and reactive security measures at the Authority-operated airports. The aim is to deal with acts of unlawful interference in accordance with the National Civil Aviation Security Programme and all other security issues.

A total of 50 Fidelity Security Group personnel were trained in the twelve day course and were all certified by SWACAA upon demonstrating their knowledge and skills. The course was both theoretical and practical. On completion of the course, the trainees were tested for their ability to understand and apply the knowledge learnt in class, after which they were awarded AVSEC Basic 123 course certificates.

The course was facilitated by local aviation security instructors Ms Zamekile Nxumalo, Mr Mxolisi Mhlanga and Mr Mlandvo Nxumalo. All the instructors were trained by ICAO and certified by SWACAA

Wednesday, 24 January 2018: THE SCHOOL CHILDREN FLYING PROJECT KICKS OFF AT KING MSWATI III INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SWACAA, in partnership with the African Flying Initiative (AFI), has taken the initiative to develop air traffic within Swaziland.

The project is the vision of SWACAA’s Director General Mr. Solomon Dube and forms part of its strategy to grow air travel in Swaziland, and is managed by the Business Development Department headed by Mr. Sifiso Mnisi.

Under this initiative a 13-seater aircraft owned by Executive Air, a private aircraft operator from Zimbabwe, landed at KMIII International Airport on the 4th October 2017 and the first group of students from Annandale Primary School boarded the Aircraft.

The Flight Safety Standards Department was also on the scene to ensure compliance with Safety and Security Regulations. The students were checked in like normal passengers. The 45 minute flight took off from KMIII Airport and flew to Mbabane via Manzini and back to KMIII Airport.

Some of the pupils interviewed described the initiative as an amazing experience and expressed their appreciation to their parents and SWACAA for affording them an opportunity to soar in the skies.

In her opening address the Minister of Public Works and Transport expressed appreciation at the opportunity of hosting such an enormous event. She highlighted that Swaziland has come a long way from being banned by the European Union for airline business and only for the ban to be lifted three years ago. The Minister assured delegates that this development speaks to the hard work and determination that Swaziland has for civil aviation progress.

The Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority is excited about the success of this project. To learn more about it, we encourage schools, corporates and other groups to contact the SWACAA Business Development Department or send an email to marketing@swacaa.co.sz

The last day of the forum was an ICAO business where Ministers from some African countries met to discuss specific needs of Africa in the Aviation space. This high level Minister’s meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland who was representing the Prime Minister and was chaired by the Minister of Public Works and Transport. Important declarations, opening new chapters in the history of the industry were made in this meeting. These declarations stand forever as a guide on how African states will work to refine their collaborative efforts and improve aviation safety oversight continent wide. The newly proposed global oversight system was adopted by the ministers.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018: AIRLINE SEMINAR

The Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority, in collaboration with the University of Swaziland recently hosted the Airline Business Seminar. The two day seminar was officially opened by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport Mr Makhosini Mndawe and Dr Elijah Chingosho from the African Airlines Association(AFRAA) was the lead facilitator.

The acronym RSOOs stands for Regional Safety Oversight Organisations whose mandate is to address the challenges of aviation as a global industry in particular the global safety requirements. The aim of the forum was to bring together all parties that have a stake in the establishment and management of RSOOs, in order to promote the concept of regional cooperation for the purpose of enhancing Global Aviation Safety in the regions.

The main purpose of this seminar was to provide participants with a high level overview of the aviation industry with specific focus on setting an airline and the relevant issues that needs to be taken into consideration. Participants were introduced to the fundamentals of the aviation business, regulation of the industry, setting up an airline, critical players in the industry, challenges and opportunities of running airlines, and the future of the African aviation industry. The seminar was tailored for the Kingdom of Swaziland, with region-specific examples and discussions. Attending the seminar were government officials, academics and industry players.

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