Regional Training

The regional training activities for the ESAF region were presented from 9th June to 18th July 2014 at the East African School of Aviation in Nairobi.

The training activities included the courses and workshop shown below that were delivered exclusively by qualified African AVSEC Instructors.  

No.

Name of Course

Course Duration (Days)

Course Dates

1

ICAO ASTP/Instructors

7

9-17 June 2014

2

ICAO ASTP/National Inspectors Course

7

19-27 June 2014

3

Regional AVSEC Regulations Harmonization Workshop

3

30 June – 2 July 2014

4

Quality Control Organization and Development of Quality Control Tools Course

7

3-11 July 2014

5

ICAO ASTP/Cargo and Mail Security

5

14-18 July 2014

85 aviation professionals from 9 States including Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia attended the 5 training activities. The conditions applied by States to nominate participants to the regional training activities were as follows:

(i)    Each nominee must meet the prerequisites stipulated for each training activity and/or be part of the “target” population outlined for the respective course/workshop as provided below.

(ii)   The nominee should currently, or will be, within the next 90 days, assigned to a position that reflects the objectives of the training activity.

(iii)  The nominee attends the training activity nominated for during the entire event to qualify for a certificate.

(iv)  All courses shall be conducted in English and therefore the candidates should have a good oral and written command of the language.

ICAO ASTP/Instructors Course (9th to 17th June 2014)

This is a course where graduates will be able to conduct AVSEC courses and be fully versed in the general application of training principles, the preparation of appropriate teaching aids, and the tailoring of course material to harmonize course objectives with local and national requirements. It is intended for any aviation personnel who require AVSEC instruction guidance and materials.

20 participants from Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda attended the course. They all showed a lot of will in learning and obtained certificates of successful completion after successfully passing a written examination. All are expected after the training and practice to be competent enough to deliver AVSEC ASTPs within their respective organizations. The participants found all the modules helpful and confirmed the course objective had been met. 

 A participant making a presentation during the Instructor’s training

 A participant making a presentation during the Instructor’s training

 

The class engaged in a group exercise

 The class engaged in a group exercise

Participants’ perspective of the ICAO ASTP/Instructor’s Course

 

“I am humbled and very grateful to the EU for this kind gesture and we also thank ICAO for providing us with this training facility, and for their training packages as well as their Certified Instructors, whom I must state, were very exceptional. The instructors managed to bring out the confidence in us by patiently teaching us how to conduct trainings and how to apply general principles of learning and instruction, correctly conduct or present material- dependent training courses and prepare and use appropriate teaching aids. This will truly benefit not only my State of Swaziland but the continent as a whole”- Amanda Henwood- AVSEC Inspector, Swaziland

 

 

 

“I wish to lend out a hand of sincere appreciation to the IATA/AVSEC Global Limited Consortium for extending this project in the provision of consulting and training services to the ESAF region, not forgetting the European Union & European Commission in funding and supporting the cause. This project couldn’t have come at a better time such as this where the region is in dire need of technical assistance in establishing suitable legislation and operational framework for aviation security at a national level, reinforcing the need of security programmes compliant with ICAO standard and recommended practices and ensuring their implementation by developing capacity of appropriately trained aviation security personnel with effective oversight over the same. Although having conducted aviation security training sessions before, I must say that the ICAO ASTP Instructors Course has been an eye opener. It has embraced general application of training principles, preparation of appropriate training aids and course material to customize course objectives with local requirements of our regions. It created an opportunity for participants to share experiences and learn different implementation strategies that have worked at the different regions represented. I can say with certainty, that the participants who have just completed this course have acquired invaluable expertise in developing, managing and instructing on training materials related to a civil aviation security training programme. I certainly I’m elated with the certificate I’ve received and will endeavour to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired to positions and areas that reflect the objectives of the training activities”. Dr. Lillian Esiromo; BVM, ICAO AVSEC PM, Manager, Security Canine Unit, Kenya Airways Ltd., KENYA 

ICAO ASTP/National Inspectors Course (19th June to 27th June 2014) 

This training course supports the development of appropriately trained aviation security inspectors in the region to lead the implementation of corrective actions required to reduce the level of non-compliance in the implementation of ICAO SARPs by each State.

15 participants from 7 States including Kenya, Namibia Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda attended the course. During the training, the participants shared experiences and were evaluated on the results of each module’s progress tests to monitor achievement of course/module objectives. The participants found the training to be helpful and look forward to use the knowledge gained in their respective States/organizations to enhance both national and internal AVSEC programs and activities.

Ehrenfriede Kovii Murangi from Namibia receives her National Inspector’s certificate from the Director of EASA Engineer Wesechere during the closing ceremony. Looking on is the project activity coordinator Mr. Raymond Rimba (in suit) and the Registrar of EASA Dr. Sarah Waitiki.

Ehrenfriede Kovii Murangi from Namibia receives her National Inspector’s certificate from the Director of EASA Engineer Wesechere during the closing ceremony. Looking on is the project activity coordinator Mr. Raymond Rimba (in suit) and the Registrar of EASA Dr. Sarah Waitiki.

Participants to the National Inspectors Course pose for a group photo

Participants to the National Inspectors Course pose for a group photo

Participants’ perspective of the National Inspectors Course

 “As the aviation industry in East Africa continues to grow rapidly and expand its routes globally, it is very important for each East Africa State to establish or maintain an aviation security oversight system that meets international quality control standards. The National Inspectors Course is one way towards meeting this goal and it has been a great opportunity for me to attend this training at EASA in Nairobi under EU/ACP. Within just a matter of one week period, the course has enriched me with a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding the AVSEC quality control”. - Dany Gatsinzi, Operations Officer, RCAA- Rwanda

 

 

 

 

 Regional Harmonization of Aviation Security Regulations Workshop (30th June to 2nd July 2014)

An important aspect of this project is the development of closer regional cooperation between civil aviation administrations. We have therefore continued to support this essential element to the sustainability of the project results by fostering networking between personnel in regional administrations through various joint activities (training sessions and this particular workshop) and by involving existing regional aviation structures in Eastern Africa (CASSOA, COSCAP-SADC).

This workshop was seen as the best avenue towards creating a sound platform for regional cooperation. However, regional cooperation could not be achieved without the emergence of a common regional policy framework. To encourage this emergence, this workshop was seen as an opportunity to promote this needed cooperation. 

Accordingly, the aim of the workshop was to create a platform for the subsequent establishment of a suitable legislation and operational framework for aviation security at the regional level by means of harmonization through which the adjustment of differences, and inconsistencies among different measurements, methods, procedures, schedules, specifications or systems could be suggested in order to make them uniform or mutually compatible and facilitate the implementation of common basic standards on aviation security within the region.

The workshop was a great success and was attended by seventeen participants from five States who identified nineteen workshop resolutions to facilitate regional harmonization of aviation security regulations. The resolutions are to be shared with the States and regional bodies alike.

Participants for the Workshop pose for a group photo with the activity coordinator Raymond Rimba seated (middle)

Participants for the Workshop pose for a group photo with the activity coordinator Raymond Rimba seated (middle)

Participants’ perspective of the Harmonization Workshop

"It was my great pleasure as a lawyer from the United Republic of Tanzania working with Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) getting an opportunity to attend a three days’ workshop on the East Africa Community Regional Harmonization of Aviation Security Regulations conducted at EASA in Nairobi. Indeed, generally the workshop highly expounded my understanding on various aspects of regional civil aviation security harmonization; such that I became more knowledgeable on the regional harmonization issues concerning threats to civil aviation and challenges in aviation security, industry countermeasures, and critical elements of an aviation security oversight system, framework for international cooperation and common standards as well as initiatives already taken by the EAC on aviation security harmonization regionally. One interesting and encouraging experience was on the way the EU (European Union) with 28 member States managed to harmonize and successful implement the same. It’s therefore my confident that, if such significant number of member States in a Region managed to harmonize their civil aviation standards it is as well possible for the 5 EAC member States to successful harmonize and meet the same. I can personally say that, generally enhancing civil aviation safety and security is human life and cost serving; as well as fostering global development as time factor is now becoming a scarce item in the contemporary World’s development of which can easily be improved vide regional harmonization of relevant laws and measures in safeguarding the industry as a Region and eventually Globally." - Joachim E. Maambo (Advocate.) A Lawyer from Tanzania Airports Authority

 

My overall assessment of the course is that it was productive and the objectives were fully achieved. The interesting part was the practical which gave the atmosphere of benchmarking with different countries within the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. This course was highly beneficial to not only my country, but to the region as a whole” Ehrenfriede Kovii Murangi- Aviation Facilitation Inspector, NAMIBIA

 

 

 

 

Quality Control Organization and Development of Quality Control Tools Course

The course’s objectives were to enable participants to:

  • Understand the nature of threats to civil aviation.
  • Define Quality Control as it applies to aviation security.
  • Review standards incorporated in the eighth edition of Annex 17.
  • Review general principles of quality control as they pertain to aviation security.
  • Understand the principles and performance of Quality Control activities.
  • Review areas to be audited in an Airport Security Programme (ASP).
  • Review areas to be audited in an Aircraft Operator Security Programme (AOSP).
  • Review areas to be audited in a Regulated Agent Security Programme.
  • Review areas to be audited in a Catering Security Programme.
  • Review a National Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Programme (NCASQCP) Template.
  • Understanding the development of various quality control tools and the use of such tools within the NCASQCP and the ASIM, to carry out select Quality control activities.

A total of 19 participants from 7 States from the Eastern and Southern African region, i.e. Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia attended the course.

During the course, the participants shared experiences on the implementation of Quality Control in their States and evaluated their knowledge during a final examination derived from the course materials for which all the participants scored 80% and above. The participants found the course helpful and look forward to use the knowledge gained in their respective States/organizations and field to enhance both national and regional cooperation and the Quality control system. The participants also developed four quality control checklists which will be used to conduct audit and inspection of airport operator, aircraft operator, regulated agent and catering facility.

ICAO ASTP/Cargo and Mail Security

The course’s objectives were to enable participants to:

  • appreciate the origin and purpose of security measures and procedures necessary for the protection of cargo, courier/express parcels, mail and operators’ supplies;
  • understand the nature of the threat posed to aircraft by explosives and other dangerous substances;
  • apply appropriate security controls to cargo consignments;
  • inspect, screen or search consignments in accordance with prescribed security principles;
  • ensure that all cargo facilities, vehicles, containers and equipment are subject to security control; and
  • apply proper response action to an airline security emergency related to suspect cargo.

14 participants attended this training from the 5 States of Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. All participants passed the end of course examination and qualified for the award of certificates in AVSEC Cargo & Mail Security. Based on feedback received, the participants found all the course modules helpful and confirmed the course objectives have been met.