Interview by Captain Gilbert Kibe – Director General
What is KCAA’s Strategy and what activities have you put in place towards regulating the aviation industry in Kenya.
KCAA needs to bolster its brand to resonate with its stakeholders to elicit a favourable relationship. Brand resonance includes salience, performance and image management. The focus is to ultimately build a strong relationship with the stakeholders to create the brand buy-in and loyalty.
In the past, the perception among the stakeholders was that the Authority was not asserting itself and providing the required leadership to the aviation industry. The improvement of the Authority’s corporate image will therefore be important in the Strategic Plan period so as to build and protect its brand, engage and manage stakeholder expectations effectively.
The strategy is hinged on the following pillars; Brand enhancement and visibility. Brand reputation and image, Stakeholders Management and Internal Communications. Internal communication will, among other things, ensure sensitisation of the strategic plan to all existing members of staff for ease of implementation and buy in.
Let us discuss the Modernisation of Air Traffic Management Systems
We have managed to install modern Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) equipment to facilitate the safe and efficient air traffic flow in Kenya’s airspace. This will improve the flow and accuracy of information for safety of operations communications between pilots and air traffic controllers.
Implementation of new navigation procedures and technologies including the Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS) and Performance Based Navigation (PBN) will result in tremendous savings of fuel and time by air operators as these procedures allow more direct flights to and from airports.
The recent replacement of seven (7) radars with new ones with high surveillance capabilities has enabled KCAA to improve the management of air traffic and ensure safety and security of air operations.
Tell us about the International Safety and security compliance as practiced and or enforced by KCAA.
Ensuring that air operations achieve international safety and security requirements is the main objective of the Authority. This requires building the capacity of the Authority to deliver quality regulatory oversight services and compliance of the industry. The project entails implementing actions towards achieving and sustaining international standards which are critical for attracting more air traffic into Kenya’s airspace and having Kenya-registered airlines operate into the airspaces of other countries.
The establishment of direct flights between the United States of America and Kenya required achievement of the International Air Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 status. KCAA is working with its international partners towards improving the human resource capacity of the Authority to deliver oversight services; resolution of issues of safety and security; and continuously updating its regulatory system based on changes developed by ICAO.
This will be done with ongoing support by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States of America under the Safe Skies for Africa Program and in harmony with the East African Community’s Civil Aviation Safety Oversight Agency (EAC CASSOA) and African Union’s African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).