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In this section we discuss issues of interest in technology and aviation in the African region. We provide opinion and analysis of the various events driving industry. We also provide pointers to other news that is of importance to technology and aviation through our tweets.


Let us borrow from Apollo 11 legacy

By Dan Odido

August 02, 2019

The Apollo project resulted in a raft of innovations that still define the state of the art in areas of renewable energy, materials science, medicine and nutrition. Kenya can derive several lessons from Project Apollo. Manufacturing is a sure way to create jobs and improve the quality of life for many.

Full story: Daily Nation

Twiga’s vantage view of the looming decimation in the savannah

By Daniel Odido

April 22, 2019

Wildlife population continues to decline under from the effects of poaching, climate change, loss of habitat and disease. Several rangers are killed in the war with poachers. The solution to these challenges are at hand. Technology can greatly assist in combating each of the challenges. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and satellites should be leveraged to fight the looming decimation of wildlife. Local capability should be build in the design of systems and analysis of data.

Mandatory Baggage Handling Questions: cultural sensitivities

By Daniel Odido

February/March, 2019

Mandatory baggage handling questions have been used as part of the aviation security measures to guarantee safety of the aircraft and its passengers. The unambiguous questions are used as part of an evaluation of the threat posed by the traveller. While the responses to the questions taken alone are of limited utility, they can prove useful when evaluated in conjunction with the non-verbal behaviour of the subject. Airport security has however, as Daniel Odido explains, hitherto not paid adequate attention to the cultural peculiarities of travellers, leading to accusations of unfair profiling.

Full Story: Aviation Security International

Regulator should rein in utilities gone berserk, stop ‘Open Sesame’

By Dan Odido

December 4, 2018

Monopolies in the energy sector have failed to provide consumers with acceptable service level. The goings-on at Kenya Pipeline Corporation, KPC must be stemmed. The Energy Regulatory Commission should rein in state corporations that have slept on their mandate.

Full Story: Daily Nation

If fossil fuel is too expensive, go for biodiesel to fuel cars

By Dan Odido

October 8, 2018

Popularising the use of renewable energy has several benefits to the economy. It enhances energy independence; develops non-traditional industries, broadens the manufacturing base and provides employment. The policy framework is largely in place and it is up to the innovators to take up the challenge and provide us with affordable and cleaner energy.

Full Story: Daily Nation

Engineers in Kenya should lead way in innovation

By Dan Odido

September 5, 2018

Engineers in Kenya have not made their impact felt in society. They should provide the lead by introducing sorely required innovations in, for example, renewable energy, building materials and technology and manufacturing. Innovation based on science and technology has a profound contribution to an economy and should be embraced.

Full Story: Daily Nation

Potential benefits aside, the use of drones should concern us all

By Dan Odido

July 30, 2018

Drone technology is causing great disruptions across the world. Many jurisdictions are still trying to find ways of accommodating their use. Widespread usage will result in concerns of Safety, Security and Privacy. Everyone will be affected by these issues.

Full Story: Daily Nation

State should provide new and bold aviation policy

By Dan Odido

June 24, 2018

The policy on aviation requires to be aligned with the requirements of the 21st century. A new focus on manufacture of aircraft and components should be clearly stated and supported. The aviation industry needs to move from the prohibitive constraints to a more participatory and accommodative regulation regimen.

Full Story: Sunday Nation

Learning from air tragedies: Lessons from the Aberdares plane accident

By Dan Odido

June 10, 2018

The Aberdares crash was the first accident on Kenyan soil with fatalities this year. It caused the loss of ten lives. Human error is likely to be cited as a contributory factor, either on the side of the flight crew, air traffic control or maintenance.

Full Story: Sunday Nation

Five airlines face sanctions for flouting aviation regulations

February 13, 2018

Five airlines face sanctions from KCAA for using their aircraft to transport cargo, whereas they are licensed to carry only passengers. “The airlines that were intercepted were licensed to carry passengers only not to also operate as cargo airlines which is contrary to the licence conditions,” said [Transportation Secretary] Mr Macharia. Does KCAA have provisions for licensing combined passenger and freight operations?

Full Story: Business Daily

Kenya Airways in Inflight Entertainment (IFE) services deal with Panasonic

February 12, 2018

Panasonic has announced an agreement to provide inflight entertainment (IFE) to 24 of Kenya Airway’s narrow body aircraft.  “…Our world-class IFE systems will offer the airline and its passengers an unrivalled and memorable entertainment experience”, opines Sean Gavin, Vice President of Panasonic Technical Services at Panasonic Avionics Corporation.

Full Story: Panasonic

Air ticket respite as countries sign aviation pact

Signing of SAATM is expected to result in a 25 per cent drop in air ticket prices”. This seems to me to be overly optimistic. 5th freedom rights may marginally benefit the major carriers, like Ethiopian Airlines. A huge contribution to high air ticket prices is the taxes imposed by the respective governments. This can be clearly observed if you consider the high domestic fares even in countries with domestic competition. Domestic fares would thus not drop significantly even will full cabotage, which in any case is not addressed by SAATM (YD). Fares between some countries will see some drop.

Full Story: The East African

Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

Drones have got popular application in events coverage. More than 1,200 Intel Shooting Star drones performed a light show for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Although the show was pre-recorded, some 300 of them made a live appearance.

Full Story: Mashable

Electric Airplanes Are the Future of Pilot Training

Don’t you just wish that this project had taken off?  “Electric airplanes will change everything when it comes to the cost of flying…. Taking into account maintenance and fuel costs, the two-seat Sun Flyer will cost about $5 an hour to operate, compared to $73 an hour for a Cessna 172“. The first units were to be ready for production in 2017. The target market for E-fan 2.0 was initially for pilot training whereas E-Fan 4.0 was to be a four seat touring aircraft. The E-Fans 2.0 and 4.0 where however dropped in favour of E-Fan X, a hybrid-electric regional jet-sized aircraft. An initial service date is now scheduled for 2030.

Full Story: Wired

UAS regulations must not stymie the industry

May 15, 2019

Greenwashing: The present danger in ecotourism

May 08, 2019

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May 01, 2019

Space agency makes tentative steps to spur industry

April 24, 2019

Barking up the wrong tree in aviation security

April 17, 2019

Entrepreneurship and careers in aviation

April 3, 2019

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April 2018

7th Aviation Stakeholders Convention (AFRAA)
Date(s): 08 – 10 April 2018
Location: Zanzibar

Aviation Africa 2018
Date(s): 17 – 18 April 2018
Location: Cairo, Egypt

June 2018

AviaDev 2018
Date(s): 12 – 14 June 2018
Location: Cape Town, South Africa