DAR ES SALAAM: The government has continued to install more sophisticated installations, including the VHF voice communications machine worth more than Sh35 billion, which provides the assurance of communication between flight controllers and pilots.

It also entered into contracts for the installation of digital reporting machines worth over Sh12 billion to provide digital information to pilots, making Tanzania's airspace more secure, thus influencing investors, as well as more aircraft to use Tanzanian airspace. The increase in government revenue also has a low rate of air accidents.

This was stated today by Acting Director of Aviation Services Hamisi Kisesa speaking to reporters on behalf of the Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), at the 43rd National Air Traffic Controllers Association (TATCA) meeting in Dar es Salaam.

"The indicators show that we are well equipped to control the airspace and enable flight management services to be carried out by international standards," Kisesa said.

He said the government has recently facilitated the closure of radar in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and Songwe regions, making the skies safer and more reliable internationally.

In terms of education for flight controllers, Kisesa said TCAA has been providing flight controllers with regular training, allocating a budget of 10% for domestic training, as well as traveling abroad including South Africa, Germany, Uganda, Kenya to attend international conferences to increase capacity.

Kisesa also pointed to the development of TATCA and explained that "In 2003 when TATCA was established there were fewer than 50 air traffic controllers, but now there are 150 international flight controllers."

The president of TATCA, Merkiory Ndaboya, said that although the government has been enabling them in training, they would like to receive more training as more training stimulates more accountability.

"The biggest challenge we face is stress (stress) but we are grateful the authorities are training us to manage stress (to deal with stress)." He said I was dead.

He said the number of aircraft they serve has been increasing, for example, from 300 aircraft from 2014 to 400 in recent years.