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The Foundation's sole purpose is to provide impartial, independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the African aviation industry. Our mission is to provide effective and affordable safety support to African aviation professionals.

We provide our safety guidance & resources through training courses, social media and Africa's only dedicated safety promotion magazine - SafetyFocus. On top of that, our Safety in African Aviation conference provides Africa's only neutral ground for competitors and regulators to meet and address safety issues.

For our course catalogue, please click here.

As a nonprofit organisation, the AviAssist Foundation relies on contracts and support from governments, corporations and foundations as well as fees for services. It:

  1. Promotes professionalism in African aviation safety
  2. Assists in meaningful African exposure towards accessing a growth market and
  3. Creates goodwill for its partners

The Foundation aligns its programs and activities with the safety targets of the ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG) for Africa (AFI). More information about the work of the RASG-AFI can be found by clicking here.

The programs of the Foundation are based on its annual plan but the agenda certainly also leaves room to craft tailor made programs in line with your organisation's prime need, skills & resources.


Selected past and present clients & partners include:
  • Airports Council International ACI
  • ADSE Consulting & Engineering
  • Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation CANSO
  • Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency CASSOA
  • Department of Civil Aviation - Zambia
  • Emirates
  • European Commission Delegation in Zambia
  • European Commission Delegation in Rwanda
  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Fastjet
  • Kenya Airports Authority
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • NAC2000 Zambia
  • Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment
  • Uganda Civil Aviation Authority
  • Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority
  • RwandAir
  • Safarilink
  • Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority
  • Tanzania Airports Authority
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Zambia Airports Corporation Ltd.
Programs & events


1. SafetyFocus magazine - Promoting professionalism in African aviation safety

The AviAssist Foundation works hard to put tools and information directly in the hands of the professionals who need them. It’s true that more and more safety information can be found on the internet. However, safety promotion in Africa cannot yet fully rely on the internet. Many times we find that the people who do the real work, have limited or unreliable access to the internet. African professionals need safety information that they can hold in their hand. Access to safety information should not be limited by the bandwidth of your connection or your ability to pay. By reaching out for industry support in the form of advertising, we can make the magazine available largely for free - contact us to discuss how to combine your marketing with goodwill creation in the African market. With SafetyFocus, we provide professionals working in or with Africa aviation safety with vital and timely safety information.

Click here for a leaflet on our SafetyFocus magazine

2. AviAssist Safety Promotion Centres (ASPC)

The ASPCs are a series of three centres planned in strategic locations throughout Africa. The ASPC-Rwanda is the first of the three. It is an initiative by the AviAssist Foundation to create East Africa’s leading resource centre for safety promotion. The partners are creating a space where people enjoy learning about aviation safety and get equipped to champion it. It supports technical skills, address human factors and develop organizational & business skills for the current and next generations of aviation professionals. The ASPC-Rwanda embraces and balances both industry and government interests. An approach in which industry and government interests are balanced in safety improvement efforts has been central to the success of safety initiatives around the world. The ASPC-Rwanda is open to anyone who wishes to use its resources and is a non-profit venture. Founding partners include the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, RwandAir, the University of Tourism, Technology & Business Studies (UTB) of Rwanda & the Aviation Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. For more information, click here for a brochure.

3. Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting program

In support of ICAO audit findings throughout the region, the Foundation has commenced a combined ab-initio/refresher trainng program. The program is foreseen to run at least one 1 week training in East and Southern Africa each year, with October 2011 seeing the first training. Its sustainability will be strengthened through a twinning program with airport fire brigades from airports elsewhere in the world as well as a Foundation moderated internet user group. More information in this leaflet.

4. Runway & Airside safety support program

With the Runway & Airside Safety program, AviAssist continues support to global prioritisation of runway and airside safety improvements. This program is implemented in cooperation with the ICAO Regional Office in Nairobi, the Airports Council International (ACI) and members of the Netherlands Airports Association. More information on the program in this leaflet. 

5. Aviation English

Insufficient English language proficiency on the part of the flight crew, air traffic controllers and other aviation professionals has contributed to a number of accidents and serious incidents. Some years ago, ICAO introduced language proficiency requirements for air traffic controllers and pilots with the aim to improve their language skills and to reduce the frequency of communication errors. However, despite the ICAO standards clearly requesting states to ensure that adequate training programs on this subject are implemented, a major lack of training opportunities continues to exist in the Foundation’s target countries. For more information on this course, click here for a brochure.

6. Airport wildlife management program

The Foundation runs a support program on lowering risks of wildlife dangers to aviation. Bird strikes are the most notable of those. The program focuses on East Africa. The program includes regular training courses on the subject in the region.

7. Aeronautical Information Services/Management

In support of the implementation of the ICAO Roadmap from AIS to AIM, the Foundation runs regular training courses on this subject to support phase 1 of the ICAO Roadmap. The sustainability of the training programs will be strengthened through  a Foundation moderated internet user group. More information in this leaflet.

8. Safety Management Systems training

This program provides personnel responsible for planning, directing or managing aviation safety programs and supervisors who are required to supervise an accident prevention/risk management program with financially accessible introductory skills needed to set up a safety management system.  The Foundation’s introductory SMS course is fully based on ICAO SMS course, enriched with best practices from among others Australia & Royal Dutch Shell’s hearts and minds toolkit. It’s a great and very affordable course to have your whole organization exposed to SMS (and not just the ‘usual suspects’ such as flight operations inspectors or pilots).

9Data driven safety management program

Data driven safety management has not yet influenced operations in Africa.  This program will assist the start and strengthening of a practice of data driven safety management. That will allow AFI carriers to draw valuable lessons from occurring incidents and as a result prevent accidents, translating in the reduction of accident rates in the Region. The program is being developed in co-operation with one of the Foundation's corporate partners - ADSE Consulting and Engineering.

10. Aviation leadership development program 

The African aviation industry is currently facing a large exodus of well trained professionals and leaders from just after most countries gained independence. Those professionals are now retiring from the industry. Well-honed leadership skills will help (future) aviation leaders lead the direction of an organisation rather than simply managing existing operations
In the aviation industry, short and longer courses almost always primarily focus on the technical skills. The support to professional development has not kept pace with the evolution of safety thinking. Currently, very few professional development programs are available to equip (future) leaders and safety champions with the administrative and organisational skills to improve the effective implementation of ICAO SARPs. With this program, the AviAssist Foundation will start changing that for Africa. The program is based on a leadership development program developed by the US Transportation Research Board. 
For more information, click here 

11. Assist in accurate reporting on African aviation safety issues

The Foundation talks to the news media and helps them be accurate in their aviation safety stories related to Africa. It includes leading African news organisations in its efforts and has worked with global news agencies and organisations such as ABCAustralian Broadcasting CorporationVoice of AmericaBBC Worldservice, Bloomberg and Aljazeera English. 

12. African aviator award

With its African aviator award, the AviAssist Foundation singles out individuals, organizations or teams that have made especially outstanding contributions to risk reduction, often during long periods or entire careers and award the African aviator award. Each year of awarding, the AviAssist Foundation will select a particular aviation profession as the focus for the award. The awarding event will take place in front of a distinguished audience of industry leaders at a major aviation event in the African region. For the 2014 edition of the award, the Foundation partnered with the Airports Council International (ACI). 

Regular Services


a. Making “best practices” accessible to aviation safety professionals

The Foundation will use all means available (e.g. quartely SafetyFocus magazine, courses, seminars, conferences and website)to share “best practices” amongst the professional African aviation community.


b. Sensitise African Governments on international aviation requirements

A common misunderstanding in the aviation community is that African governments are very well aware of the international regulatory requirements on aviation safety. It is often unclear to political key players outside the aviation world what the international obligations of a state are. These political key players outside the aviation world do not necessarily know that ICAO is one of the few UN affiliated bodies that actually issues binding safety regulations. Equally, they may not be aware of increasing international pressure from for example blacklisting. As a result of that, the Directors of Civil Aviation (authorities) in many African governments have to struggle with a Cabinet and a Parliament that do not necessarily have aviation (safety) high on their list of priorities. To support their cause, the Foundation will issue a number of leaflets that may assist aviation administrations of ESAF countries in sensitising non-aviation members of government. The Foundation will start building a database of relevant contacts which it will target with such communications.


c. Widely advocate relevance of aviation safety for general economic development

To continue the breakdown of the traditional silo’s of aviation, tourism and general economic development, the Foundation will sensitise foreign diplomatic missions in the ESAF region on the relevance of aviation safety to general economic development. Also, it will sensitise other relevant organisations, such as development organisations and Ministries of Foreign Affairs of countries with co-operative programs in the ESAF region. To that end, the Foundation will continue building a database of relevant contacts which it will target with regular communications.

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