The APIRG 13 meeting held in Cape Verde established a Task Force in order to initiate the preliminary studies to implement RVSM all along the AFI region.
SATMA, comitted by the SAT group, has coordinated and carried out the first experience for a RVSM project in an AFI Area: The EUR/SAM corridor (RVSM to be implemented January 2002).
With Spain as reporter, SATMA has been invited to share the experience with all other AFI Regions in the AFI RVSM Task Force.
As a monitoring Agency, one of the duties of SATMA is to keep in contact with other Agencies. In that sense, a meeting was held in Brussels to introduce SATMA to APARMO, NATS and Eurocontrol delegations. In a first step, a RVSM data interchange is under study in order to share MASP/RVSM information.
During SAT 21 a group was tasked to update the actual “EUR/SAM Corridor Airspace Concept”. This group was composed by focal points from EUR/SAM corridor members States/ANSPs (Brazil, Cape Verde, Senegal, Spain), SATMA, ICAO (WACAF & SAM) and IATA. This responsible team, called ESCIT (EUR-SAM Corridor Implementation Team), with Spain (Canarias) leading, met in several videoconferences in order to define milestones and establish a main schedule for the project, so it could be coordinated and forwarded in a proper time scale.
In SAT23 ENAIRE proposed an schedule to introduce the concept of PBCS with time-based longitudinal separation minima. SATMA will be in charge of coordination and monitoring, as PBCS should be a new responsibility for RMAs as agreed in RMACG13 (13th Regional Monitoring Agencies Coordination Group)