Welcome to Aviation and Space Division

Due to COVID 19 pandemic, AFASU’s Aviation and Space division in collaboration with experts within AFASU in different divisions is working jointly with governments, organizations, airlines, corporate operators and relevant stakeholders to support overcoming the current pandemic and unforeseen future circumstances while promoting innovation and sustainability with a focus on general public safety and prosperity.

We have developed a strategic, innovative and sustainable plan. Our primary goal is to assure the opening of borders and safely maintain its opening during the current pandemic and any future occurrences.

The plan is based on a global benchmark for the most recent solutions to overcome COVID-19 and future events.

Additionally, to enhance our collaboration and services with governments, partners and associate’s stakeholders, we have established the following sectors under the division umbrella.

COVID – 19 Strategic Sustainable Plan

AFASU experts are closely monitoring the current pandemic sequences and have developed a strategic, innovative, and sustainable plan. Our goal is to primarily assure the opening of the country boarders’ and safely maintain its opening during the current pandemic and any future happenings.

The plan is based on a global benchmark for the most recent and innovative solutions to overcome COVID-19 and future events.

AFASU’s Aviation division in collaboration with experts within different divisions in the organization are working jointly with governments, organizations, airlines and relevant stakeholders to support overcoming the current pandemic and unforeseen future circumstances while promoting innovation, and sustainability with focus on general public safety and prosperity.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, Aviation Industry Challenges and Opportunities for Aviation/Health System Enhancement

The aviation industry is facing difficult times due to the current COVID-19 global pandemic, and these challenging times will persist if urgent efforts are not undertaken in a timely manner to restore confidence among travelers, industry stakeholders and the general public.

For aviation businesses and commercial activities to return to the pre-pandemic plans in Africa, Asia and globally, travellers need

(1) a confident and certifiable way to prove their health status when travelling, and

(2) to trust that travelers’ records of COVID PCR tests and/or vaccination, managed in other countries are authentic, accredited and endorsed by the relevant authority

It is probable to see a situation where different passengers arrive at an international airport with different tests, administered in different ways and giving access to different countries.

Based on the trend where different types of COVID-19 vaccines are currently in development with an emergency approval status, we strongly believe that continued testing for the virus and bio-safety measures will remain necessary in the future.

COVID-19 is currently setting a precedence for the role of health monitoring of travelers and will remain as important as the security for airlines and airports.

Screening, bio-safety measures and testing is possibly for a variety of illnesses and not just COVID-19, is highly projected to remain.

AFASU experts have developed a strategic plan that embraces the latest and most effective innovations, solutions, protocols and processes recognized worldwide.

The recommended plan strategies and approaches will facilitate a permanent operation of local and international travel, while maintaining the highest level of health/safety and customer excellence experience to support the economy, and minimize the spreading of the COVID-19 virus.

Moreover, the recommended plan will assure compliance to ICAO, IATA and WHO guidelines for the recommended “Aviation New Norm” and industry best practice. 

The aviation industry should not plan for a return to a pre-COVID status, and AFASU experts are committed to support the aviation industry in Africa and Asia in realizing

COVID- a safe flying approach.

We are thrilled to collaborate with governments, partners and stakeholders, and to share details, and assist in implementing of the developed strategy plan and solutions.

Aviation and Space Division Sectors

The aviation industry deals with all-things aircraft-related within the earth’s atmosphere. Aerospace industry also designs and manufactures various forms of aircraft, the industry, as a whole, extends beyond operations within the earth’s atmosphere and conducts aircraft operations in space.

The Space industry refers to economic activities related to manufacturing components that go into Earth’s orbit or beyond, delivering them to those regions, and related services. Governments and private sector organizations are experiencing large-scale change. Funding is dramatically increasing, businesses are scaling, mission priorities are changing, and space is again a topic heard in everyday conversation.

To enhance our collaboration and services with governments, partners and associated entities, we have established the following sectors under the division umbrella.

Aviation Sectors

Aviation Training Sector

We always consider cost efficient business approaches while enhancing safety standards for our associates and stakeholders in Africa and Asia.

Cadet Pilot Program – Multi-Pilot License (MPL)

The Multi-Pilot License “MPL” licensing training program for cadet pilots emerged as an alternative to traditional pilot training. MLP was developed as a result of the existing pilot training reaching its limits, which at the time was almost a 70 year old training legacy. The “MPL” was adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2006 as an amendment to Annex 1, Personnel Licensing.

“The aim of MPL Program is to train ab-initio cadet pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot of the Boeing 777 / Airbus A380 and  787 Dreamliners aeroplane within an average of 24 months under VFR and IFR, and to obtain an MPL License”.

The MPL allows for a new training methodology called Competency-Based Training (CBT) in which achievement of specific competencies rather than the accumulation of training time is the primary target and unit of measurement. The MPL includes more training in different types of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) in preference of flying time in aircraft. Our experts are ready for further brainstorming with involved aviation stakeholders to meet their current and future demands.

Airline, VIP and Corporate Training

Our experts at AFASU are jointly working in collaboration with ICAO, IATA, and our internationally recognized partners to serve the aviation industry in Africa and Asia by providing certified training courses including safety, security, service excellence with a focus on diplomatic protocols

Aviation Regulatory Compliance and Inspection Sector

At AFASU, we have developed a novel and robust preventive assessment program. Aviation Safety and   Security Executive Assessment Program “ASEAP. is tailored to assure compliance with the organizations’ current internal and external (local civil aviation authority) standards are effectively implemented in daily operations. Intended to supplement current audit programs, “ASEAP”.  is undisclosed to staff, and is only conducted as directed through endorsement from our clients’ senior executives

Airlines, VIP and Corporate Operations Sector

We provide assistance to our business partners in introducing more than 100 services including the following activities in brief:

Aircraft Maintenance

  • EASA aircraft inspection
  • Aircraft cargo conversion
  • End-to-end cabin modification solutions from design, development, implementation to certification by EASA and FAA
  • Technical airworthiness

Flight operations for airlines/VIP/Corporate

  • Regulation Management
  • Flight Data Analysis
  • Operation Control Center Support
  • Documentation Management
Aviation Health and Safety Sector

The aviation industry should not plan for a return to a pre-COVID status, and AFASU experts are committed to support the aviation industry in Africa and Asia in realizing

COVID- a safe flying approach.

At AFASU, in addition to developing strategic, innovative, and sustainable COVID plan, we collaborate with operators to implement the ICAO recommended guidance for air travel through the COVID-19 public health crisis and the way forward for the “Aviation Standards New Norm”.

The guidelines include mitigation measures needed to reduce public health risk to air passengers and aviation workers at airports, airlines, crew and cargo while strengthening confidence among aviation employees and the travelling public. This will assist in accelerating and facilitating the demand for air travel impacted by COVID-19.

Moreover, we provide support to our clients in implementing recognized safety protocols for flight and cabin operations. We arrange and participate in worldwide aviation safety events in coordination with relevant organizations, in order to represent various solutions and risk mitigation measures.

Aviation Security Sector

In collaboration with ICAO, IATA and relevant government security bodies, our objective is to cooperate with stakeholders in preventing acts of terrorism involving civil aviation through employees training and general public awareness. Moreover, we support civil aviation authorities when required in adoption of ICAO security related Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), and audit of their implementation.

Aviation Accident/Incident Investigation Sector

As a preventive approach, we monitor aviation accidents, serious incidents and incidents globally and within Africa and Asia, anticipating to support our countries’ relevant stakeholders and communities, and share the essential safety recommendations associated with these accidents. Furthermore, our experts are closely monitoring ICAO accident investigation events, and published documentation and safety reports. These experiences and their associated safety recommendations are compiled and shared with our associates when required.

Aviation Medical Sector

The aviation industry is particularly sensitive to health and well-being awareness and promotion as a result of the global and sensitive nature of the industry. The importance of undertaking rigorous health screening, both physical and mental of aviation employees, ensures the safety of the passengers, staff and stakeholders. Emphasis should be on those who have a Safety Sensitive Role, i.e., flight deck crew, cabin crew, maintenance team, flight operations and dispatchers’ staff, and air traffic controllers (ATC). We cooperate with relevant aviation stakeholders, namely airlines, to develop strategies to assure the well-being of personnel, with an emphasis on crew mental health.

Additionally, we cooperate with stakeholders through our experts and global partners to recommend robust systems for aviation crew fatigue monitoring in addition to drug and alcohol checks and tests.

Aviation innovation Sector

At AFASU, innovation and sustainability are our “DNA”. We closely monitor and benchmark the innovative and sustainable aviation solutions globally for further evaluation and possible implementation in Africa and Asia to ensure a continued aviation industry growth within the two continents.

Human Resource Management Sector

Particularly for the aviation industry, human resource management approaches effectively and efficiently manage people within an airline or organization such that they help their business gain a competitive advantage. It is designed to maximize employee performance in service of an employer’s strategic objectives while maintaining employees’ welfare and retention.

As an example, an airline pilot employment necessitating a minimum regulatory qualification. To enable successful safe and profitable operation, a careful selection of its employees is mandatory to enable the organization achieving its vision, mission, values and commercial targets as per the strategic planning/millstones.

We believe that we have the right candidates and qualified manpower within most countries in Africa and Asia for the industry’s vacant positions.

As a union, we support and urge our countries within the two continents to adapt the European Union approach in recruitment just as an example, and consider a preference for the African/Asian nationals while bearing in mind the job description requirements.

Aviation division is constantly maintaining an updated database of CV experienced aviation professionals’ in all sectors to facilitate recruitment process of vacant positions within our network in Africa and Asia.

Space Sectors

Aerospace Sector

Aviation and Aerospace Sector division in collaboration with global organizations is committed to support countries in Africa and Asia in introducing innovative solutions to current/future challenges.

According to IATA, air traffic is expected to continue increasing over the next two decades. Experts at AFASU support civil aviation systems to digitize navigation processes, to be able to analyze the massive amounts of data exchanged between aeronautical systems.

One of the major challenges facing the space industry today is to develop the capacity to share all the data it has collected from many resources including scientific, observation and telecommunications satellites. An example is the significant value of GPS and weather data which is exploited by today’s mass-market applications.

Space Sector

To participate in achieving AFASU’s mission of making a positive contribution in African-Asian societies by raising awareness, gathering local and international resources, and utilizing information technology tools”, AFASU’s Space Sector is mainly focused on collaborating with government entities worldwide in supporting the space industry, education system and increasing public awareness in the two continents.

Furthermore, we cooperate with space agencies in the region and globally to participate in realizing governments’ vision and mission related to space exploration in the two continents.

Through our global network of connections, we can assist governments and communities within the two continents’ in enabling some of the following tasks:

  • Sign cooperation protocols with space agencies in Africa, Asia and globally to inspire and increase public awareness for the space industry
  • Organize international forums and events in collaboration with global space agencies and related organizations
  • Inspire and motivates governments and communities to grow the next generation of the space workforce.
  • Motivate future generation and facilitate how to be an astronaut  
  • Introduce and support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for the space industry.
  • Introduce and facilitate NASA internship and fellow opportunities for international students

Cooperate with government space agencies and private organizations worldwide to regulate space and law policy industry in the region

Aviation and Space Division Goals in Brief

  • Support civil aviation authorities in Africa and Asia to achieving ICAO initiative “No Country Left Behind – NCLB”
  • Promote ICAO initiatives in empowering women in aviation through training and gender equality.
  • Collaborate with aviation stakeholders (civil/military) in recommending innovative, cost efficient green technology aircraft types for pilot training, unmanned missions, and civil/military cargo operation, aspiring to participate in the reduction of the negative impact of the growth of aviation on climate change.
  • AFASU experts are thrilled to support our associate stakeholders, mainly airlines and operators in Africa and Asia through our cooperation with global partners. The range of services covers develop, update and manage operational documentation development, update and management and provide consultancy services related to safety management systems, flight data monitoring, fuel efficiency management, IOSA support and, the possibility to outsource flight dispatch support to approved operation control center in Europe.
  • Collaborate primarily with airlines, corporate operators and airports to develop and implement tailored robust preventive safety/security inspection programs, Aviation Inspection Program (AVIP). The objective of “AVIP” is to assure compliance with the organizations’ current internal and external (local civil aviation authority) standards are effectively implemented in daily operations. Intended to supplement current audit programs, AVIP is undisclosed to staff, and is only conducted as directed through endorsement from our clients’ senior executives.
  • Engage and promote safety and security awareness campaigns for key partners and stakeholders including ICAO code of conduct, “IATA-Just Culture” and industry best practice through training, seminars and awareness campaigns. We aim to ensure that aviation employees and the general public are aware of the importance of reporting concerns related to aviation safety and security breach, or possible breach, through the appropriate designated channels in the country.
  • Endorsing and validating collaboration agreements between the union and relevant governments’ and industry stakeholders to facilitate our contributions to aviation system sustainability, and participating effectively in the continued growth in Africa and Asia.
  • Organize and participate in local, regional and international meetings and events to share latest aviation industry technology, innovative solutions and operational experience
  • Sign cooperation protocols with space agencies and educational entities in the two continents and globally to inspire, educate and increase public awareness for the space industry.

Sample of Aviation and Space Division Partners and stakeholders

  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Airlines
  • VIP, Corporate Operators
  • Cargo Operators
  • Approved Training Organizations (ATOs)
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Strategic Partners
  • Aviation Industry Service Providers
  • Airport Authorities
  • Air Force
  • Immigration Authorities
  • Customs Authorities
  • Police and Security Forces
  • Aerospace Academic and Research Centers
  • Space agencies
  • Space universities and educational centers