The Minister of Defence, the Hon Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa- Nqakula, in her media briefing at AAD spoke about “Unleashing Africa’s Defence and Aerospace Potential”. South Africa’s Tellumat Air Traffic Management (Hangar 4, Stand CE14) has indicated that there is plenty of room for up-and-coming technology suppliers to differentiate themselves in the emerging African aviation market.
The company is mounting a challenge to industry incumbents with a mature service portfolio that is uniquely suited to the continent’s diverse needs. Tellumat itself has been awarded a Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority contract for the maintenance of navigation aids at four of the country’s airports, training of airport personnel and a host of other services.
“With robust tourism-driven economic growth and improving regional connectivity, African airports must handle ever more traffic volumes safely,” said Bennie Langenhoven, managing executive at Tellumat ATM. In 2012, passenger air traffic increased by 7.5 per cent south of the Sahara to a total of 163 million journeys.
Growth of 16.7 per cent is expected between 2013 and 2018.
“To a degree, the World Bank and selected nations are meeting current industry needs with various air safety and capacity investment programmes,” said Langenhoven.
“Tellumat ATM supports these programmes where we can. But a significant portion of the market needs different help, including ongoing maintenance and support programmes.”
Tellumat ATM is expanding its presence in the civilian market. “Tellumat boasts 35 years’ experience in the supply, installation, maintenance and upgrade of radar and instrument landing systems (ILS),” Langenhoven added.
Tellumat has cultivated supplier relations with leading manufacturers of navigational aid systems, including ILS and airfield ground lighting systems, precision approach systems, direction finders and weather observation systems.