The AviAssist Foundation announced today that it has been nominated for the Global Safety Award of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO). CANSO is the global voice of the companies that provide air traffic control. It represents the interests of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) worldwide. CANSO members are responsible for supporting over 85% of world air traffic.

The CANSO nomination came in recognition of the Foundation’s efforts to make best practices available to African safety professionals and encourage African ANSPs to make safety a priority in their organisation. The Foundation offers safety promotion solutions where commercially available solutions are not financially feasible yet. It steps away once those solutions do become commercially feasible.

“We are truly honoured to have been shortlisted for the prestigious CANSO Global Safety Award,” Founder Tom Kok said. The award is all about the hard work we’ve been putting in over the last eight years and all about the professionals we connect in Africa and beyond from across the industry. It shows me that we’re on track.”

The CANSO Global Safety Award is given annually by the Safety Standing Committee (SSC) of CANSO for individual(s) and team(s) who have made a significant contribution to the safety activities of their countries and organizations. The award is maintained as a tradition in order to encourage its members to enhance their safety in the air traffic management performance.

“We’re in a careful growth phase now as there’s big potential for what we do,” Kok elaborated. ““Watch this space because we’ve got some exciting plans, also in the area of Air Traffic Control.”

“I believe a large part of the Foundation’s success is that we deploy dedicated and practising professional volunteers who are direct colleagues of their African counterparts. They’re amazing people”, Kok continued. “It is all about the teams and our partners.The only way we have been able to carefully grow the Foundation is by deploying amazing people. We just let them go and do their stuff. On top of that we also have very loyal partners such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kenya Airways and Emirates”.

The AviAssist Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that inspires and promotes professionalism in African aviation safety. It does so in close coordination with ICAO, stakeholders and safety support providers as part of the Flight Safety Foundation family.

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