All aircraft flying over Cameroon’s airspace are now “tracked to the nearest second” for the benefit of aviation safety.
It was on the night of Wednesday 21 to Thursday 22 June that the implementation of a secondary radar was carried out by the Air Navigation Security Agency in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), an air services provider and technical manager of international airports in Cameroon. The Flight Information Center (CDIV) of the Douala airport was the focal point of the piloting of operations, reports newsaero.info.
From now on, airlines from other continents will be able to monitor their aircraft on the Cameroon sky, or even beyond. If two aircraft in flight approach each other, the controllers will see them on the radar and take timely action to move them away from each other and thus avoid an air crash. If an airplane crashes, you will know precisely where the crash occurred.
For Cameroon’s aeronautical authority (CCAA), which has given its discharge as a regulatory body, this upgrading of the Cameroonian space will allow a qualitative and quantitative improvement in the provision of air services to air users , we learn.
Provided by THALES, the world leader in ATM systems and civilian radars, the RSM 970S radar commissioned is a last generation secondary surveillance radar. Covering most of the control centers in Brazil and South Africa, this radar with improved monitoring through the SSR Monopulse mode is in operation in more than 200 operational centers across 53 countries worldwide.
As a reminder, Cameroonian airspace records an average of 150 flights a day. The last accident of a commercial airplane goes back 10 years ago: it was May 05, 2007 following the crash of Kenya Airways.