Air traffic body to host aviation innovation summit

03 October 2018 | Web Article Number: ME201811932


THE Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS), will once again host the AVI Afrique Innovation Summit in Gauteng in October of this year.

“The Aviation industry is largely enhanced and advanced through innovation. ATNS as an organisation strategically focuses on encouraging and supporting innovators in the industry, and actively seeks to provide a platform for such entrepreneurs, through this summit and its AVI Awards contest,” said CEO, Thabani Mthiyane.

With the theme of this year’s summit focused on “Breaking barriers in the aviation industry through innovation,” the summit seeks to explore how the industry deals with the emergence of incidental and real-life barriers that may lead to a need for realignment and restructuring – from an Air Navigation Services perspective.

Air traffic body to host aviation innovation summit

“Sudden changes in our industry can certainly be overwhelming and we need to always be a step ahead of the curve, developing, creating and innovating for the future of aviation,” said Mthiyane.

The summit is to be held at the CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria on 23 and 24 October 2018. Confirmed guests and speakers already include, social entrepreneur and qualified pilot Refilwe Ledwaba, Linden Birns, founder and MD of Plane Talking, George Simataa, Secretary to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Windhoek, Gnassou Sandrine, Inspector ANS-CNS, as well as Mthiyane.

The two-day event will also host the fourth annual AVI Awards. This year the awards has five different categories, including media, youth innovator, professional innovator, emerging innovator and organisations.

The awards seek to recognise those individuals that contribute to innovation and elevate the aviation industry through intelligent design of products and processes that enhance the capabilities of the aviation industry.

For more information on the AVI Afrique Summit, visit

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