A series of training activities were proposed within the framework of the SIASA project. Each training activity was delivered more than once. The participants had to meet the prerequisites to attend the training activity.

Ops Inspector training and train the trainer course

During the inception phase of the SIASA project, the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) pointed out the shortage of French speaking OPS inspectors available for its AFI Corporate Inspectorate Scheme (AFI-CIS) programme. On that basis, it was decided to launch the training of OPS Inspector Instructors. This activity was developed in two phases:

    1. OPS Inspector training for 14 people
    2. A TRAINAIR plus Training Instructors Course (TIC)

The first phase was designed to provide a common basis for each of the participants, who were then evaluated at the end of the training. Following this evaluation, the 7 people with the highest results and/or potential to become instructors were selected to attend the second phase of this activity.

AOC Ops Specific Approvals training

The AOC OPS Specific Approvals training aimed to enhance the knowledge of Sub-Saharan national and regional inspectors regarding the approval of Air Operator Certificate (AOC) Operations Specifications, according to the latest ICAO SARPS and Documents, taking into account EU regulation and AMCs whenever applicable.

This training was delivered five times between February and October 2014:


  • in Accra, Ghana from 17 to 21 February 2014
  • in Douala, Cameroon from 17 to 20 March 2014
  • in Entebbe, Uganda from 15 to 18 September 2014
  • in Gaborone, Botswana from 20 to 23 October 2014
  • in Lilongwe, Malawi from 27 to 30 October 2014 (in cooperation with the EU funded IASOM project).

The Assessment Report of the AOC OPS Specific Approvals training can be accessed here.

Human factors training

It has been an ICAO requirement to address Human Factors (HF) issues in the PEL, OPS, AIR and ANS domains for some time now. Yet, some countries still experience difficulties in this domain. The SIASA project, therefore, offered a course for national/regional aviation authority personnel in order for them to acquire some knowledge in this domain, which subsequently helps them evaluate the HF training delivered by the Air Operators or other service providers. Being almost unknown to the majority of the authorities in Sub-Saharan Africa, this course was set at an introductory level and was addressed to authority inspectors from the AIR, OPS, AGA, PEL and ANS domains. The training was held four times between November 2014 and June 2015:


  • in Manzini, Swaziland from 17 to 21 November 2014
  • in Lome, Togo from 9 to 13 March 2015
  • in Accra, Ghana from 1 to 6 June 2015
  • in Lilongwe, Malawi from 16 to 19 February 2015 (in cooperation with the EU funded IASOM project).

 The Assessment Report of the Human Factors training can be found here.

ANSP Oversight training

Within the SIASA project, two EU ANS Regulations have been adapted to the AAMAC and ASECNA context, and then translated from French into English (see Regulation and guidance material). Based on these regulation proposals, four awareness raising sessions were organised to make all beneficiaries aware of the content of the developed regulations. Two sessions were held in French for the CEMAC and UEMOA regions and two sessions were held for the BAGASOO, CASSOA and SADC regions.