SHORT LEFT He designs flight pro­ce­dure

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MEET the man who knows the short lefts and short rights in the air, Zwelithini Vi­lakazi (37) a flight pro­ce­dure de­signer at Air Traf­fic and Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vices (ATNS).

What does your com­pany do?

The com­pany is re­spon­si­ble for the pro­vi­sion of air traf­fic con­trol within ap­prox­i­mately 10% of the world s

’ airspace, in­clud­ing South Africa.

It also pro­vides nav­i­ga­tion and re­lated ser­vices like pro­ce­dure de­sign, aero­nau­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion, search and res­cue, nav­i­ga­tional aids main­te­nance and var­i­ous tech­ni­cal ser­vices.

What do you do at ATNS?

I de­sign vis­ual and in­stru­ment flight pro­ce­dures (in­stru­ment flight rules) and airspace and air routes. This means that I m re­spon­si­ble

’ for pro­ce­dures that in­volve a se­ries of pre­de­ter­mined ma­noeu­vres us­ing flight in­stru­ments to of­fer pro­tec­tion from ob­sta­cles such as build­ings, masts and ter­rain [fea­tures]. That is, I m a civil en­gi­neer

’ of the sky.

What does a typ­i­cal day

in your job en­tail?

A typ­i­cal day in­volves in­ter­ac­tion with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional clients, the South African Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, the air traf­fic reg­u­la­tor, the airports com­pany and en­vi­ron­men­tal agen­cies. Pro­jec­tre­lated meet­ings are con­ducted and, of course, the bulk of the day is spent de­sign­ing pro­ce­dures.

What do you like and dis­like

about your job?

I ac­tu­ally like do­ing what I do. I also like see­ing my work be­ing pub­lished in the Aero­nau­ti­cal In­for­ma­tion Pub­li­ca­tion (AIP) and see­ing it be­ing used by pi­lots and air traf­fic con­trollers. But I don t like it when clients

’ re­quest spe­cific pro­ce­dures, and later re­ject that work as be­ing un­us­able. I also don t like the slow pace at

’ which the in­dus­try in Africa is im­ple­ment­ing new tech­nolo­gies.

Has it al­ways been your dream

to do what you do?

Not re­ally. As some­one from the ekasi we did not know any­thing

Picture by Veli Nh­lapho

CIVIL EN­GI­NEER OF THE SKIES: Flight pro­ce­dure de­signer Zwelithini Vi­lakazi.

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