Ibrahim Kassim, a representative from regional air security body ASECNA
, said the plane had probably come down 5 to 10 km (3 to 6 miles) from the coast, and civilian and military boats had been mobilized to start searching.
The additional capacity will be used for voice and data traffic and provides full coverage of the African continent and Europe, making it easier for ASECNA to expand its network within the Africa Indian Ocean Satellite Network (AFISNET) and interconnect with other regional air safety navigation organizations, such as the Southern African Development Community/VSAT Network (SADC/VN) and the Northeastern Africa Indian Ocean VSAT network (NAFISAT).
Steve Spengler, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Intelsat, stated, "The IS-10-02 satellite provides ASECNA with high power, vast coverage and technologically advanced services that enable them to meet almost any communications need when coordinating the air traffic of member countries.
offers air navigation services across six African Flight Information Regions (FIRs) of which three - Brazzaville, Niamey, and NDjamena - play key roles in ECAIR's operations.
Under the agreement, the companies will assess the benefits of the technology in ASECNA airspace, as well as evaluating its coordinated use in neighbouring regional airspace.
ASECNA covers six Flight Information Regions (FIRs) including the Dakar oceanic FIR that connects western Africa to South and Central America, the technology can drive international cooperation with countries such as Brazil.
The deal covers that ASECNA and Aireon has been collaborated to assess the needs and welfares of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) services in their airspace, including six flight information regions (FIR), comprising the Dakar oceanic FIR, which associates Western Africa and Europe to South America and the Caribbean.
Don Thoma, president and CEO, Aireon adds, Our agreement with ASECNA is yet another sign of progress in our vision to serve as a global platform for aviation surveillance and demonstrates the growing momentum of Aireon s space-based ADS-B solution.
SAFIR, which will be housed in ASECNA
s Dakar offices, will also set up and support a number of technical working sessions composed of regional stakeholders concerned with GNSS/EGNOS in sub-Saharan Africa
, a provider of pan-African air navigation services has been granted approval to launch preparatory work for the future deployment of Global Navigation Satellite System/European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (GNSS/EGNOS) in the region.
Of all its customer relationships around the globe, Thales s decades long partnership with ASECNA
is one the most impressive success stories in the industry.
In another development, an international company, ASECNA
has already obtained a court order in France regarding impounding of Air Zimbabwe's aircraft because of an unsettled debt, whilst British Airport Transport and American General Supplies, a key provider of aircraft spares to the airline, had issued its warnings of service suspensions owing to unpaid amount.