SA airports taken off navigation systems

2015-02-15 14:27

Johannesburg - About 70 airports have been removed from one of the world's leading satellite navigation systems, compromising air traffic safety in South Africa, the Sunday Times reported.

"The airports have disappeared off the map," according to a note to pilots published on an aviation web forum by Aircraft Pilots and Owners Association president Chris Martinus.

The airports, including Nelspruit and Stellenbosch, were apparently removed from Boeing's navigational services subsidiary, Jeppesen, due to an administrative error. Jeppesen said the delisting was due to "missing data".

This meant pilots could not automatically access information such as geographic location and runway conditions. Instead, they needed to manually enter these airports' co-ordinates.

The SA Civil Aviation Authority told the Sunday Times there had been no error. Spokeswoman Phindi Gwebu said the "missing" airports had been removed from the local database due to outdated survey data.

She said the matter had been resolved with Jeppesen and the missing data would be restored soon.

"This matter served before the National Airspace Committee on Thursday, and [the] industry is satisfied that safety is not compromised," Gwebu was quoted as saying.

  • Orige Oumatjie - 2015-02-15 14:39

    Somebody didn't do his/her work!

      Frederick Kaczynski - 2015-02-15 16:03

      As usual. Next week usually translates to next year fir most taxpayer funded salary earners.

      Pack Age - 2015-02-15 22:35

      Business as usual! One f up after another, no matter which branch of the Government!

  • dclangley - 2015-02-15 14:39

    More ANC incompetence. Cadres are too busy running their sideline tenderpreneur companies to do the jobs taxpayers pay them to do

  • Slowly Doezit - 2015-02-15 14:43

    Apartheid again!

      Abanya Way - 2015-02-15 15:21

      Clearly van Reebek's fault

  • Gazoo Bazoo - 2015-02-15 14:44

    Oh how South African.....

  • acrichter - 2015-02-15 14:48


  • Michele Anne Holland Bentley - 2015-02-15 14:58

    Yet another massive balls up by yet another parastatal.

  • Neville Ntomaik - 2015-02-15 15:08


  • carmen.mulder.12 - 2015-02-15 15:20

    I see Jan van Riebeeck written all over this.

  • Rowan Torr - 2015-02-15 15:41

    Lack of oversight! Does this apply only to private and municipal owned airports?

  • Erna Speed Glitterbug - 2015-02-15 16:48

    And Zumas comment on this happening = "he-he-he-he-he-he-he-he"!

  • POPEYE - 2015-02-15 17:10

    Not good news, but don't worry, one of these days we will be buying AIRBUS AEROPLANES that run on coal.

      MHH - 2015-02-17 07:52

      True - coal from BEEEEEEEE companies. And it won't be AIRBUS. It'll be 'ERE BAAS.

  • Jaco De Witt - 2015-02-15 17:55

    South Africa is now the darkest part of dark Africa thanks to load shedding

  • Wesley Nel - 2015-02-15 17:56

    This is to make Gupta landings a secret

  • Clinton - 2015-02-15 18:10

    This had been discussed on the aviation forums and has been known about for a while. If the airports have not been regularly surveyed they cannot be included. Nobody seems to know who is responsible to do the surveys however...

      michael.tetley.35 - 2015-02-15 20:49

      The South African Civil Aviation Authority. With all the cellular masts and the like that have erected over the last few years, the obstacle clearance heights for the areas adjacent to all airports need to be regularly re-surveyed. Jeppesen relies on official data published by the CAA in the country's AIP.

      Clinton - 2015-02-15 20:58

      Jip you would think it would be the responsibility of the CAA. But then many things that are the responsibility of the State seem with time to just just be left and when queried- they deny they should be held accountable.

      michael.tetley.35 - 2015-02-15 21:00

      This also has nothing to do with GPS itself but the navigation databases of these systems, which are invariably supplied to the manufacturers by Jeppesen on a 28 day update cycle. The manufacturers then make this data available to their customers.

  • Sihle Nyamezela Wethu Motaung - 2015-02-15 19:09

    Hhayi niyaphapha those airports are series

  • Chris Pieterse - 2015-02-15 19:09

    I am glad I stopped flying. BEE wil kill you for sure x!

  • Rene Ogden - 2015-02-15 19:44

    Is Waterkloof one of them?

  • Tina Butler - 2015-02-15 19:59

    Ai, these Windows systems... I've been taken off their system too. Apparently my very valid software key and software CD is now not a true Windows 7 version. Hau!

  • tinyika.mathebula - 2015-02-15 21:48

    Call Zuma he knows the staff

  • tinyika.mathebula - 2015-02-15 21:48

    Call Zuma he knows the staff

  • John Sondoa - 2015-02-15 21:59

    They can't see them anymore in the DARK...

  • Del Pearson - 2015-02-15 22:20

    Incompetence, incompetence, incompetence.

  • Zoltan Pepper - 2015-02-16 06:49

    There's an airport in Stellenbosch?

  • Siyabonga Mantshontsho - 2015-02-16 08:13

    Stellenbosch Airfield. Uncontrolled.

  • Duck Hunter - 2015-02-16 10:30

    That's what happens when you keep changing names that where established worldwide , to new ones that exceed the alphabet string. It was not taken off, just renamed in the database. Pilot : "Flight plan says fly to Cape Town." , Navigator: "Sorry Cap, Cape Town does not exist on our NavSat." Passenger : "Look for 'Mudda-Citi-Of-South-Afrika'"

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