25th June– 3rd July 2015,
Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
A first series of workshops were organised in Cape Town and Johannesburg area in order to engage with aviation and non-aviation SBAS users/stakeholders (agriculture, maritime, logistics and other SBAS applications). The objective was to find potential GMS (Ground Monitoring Station) host locations, meet SBAS users and to establish SBAS business benefit concepts.
A meeting with the CEO and operations manager of Lanseria International airport resulted in an agreement to host the flight trials at their premises.
At the same time, the deployment of two ground monitoring stations was organised in Hermanus and Hartebeesthoek.
During that time, the SBAS-AFRICA consortium attended the Transport Conference in the Sandton Convention Centre (30th June – 1st July 2015) where they met and engaged with organisations from the aviation, rail, maritime/port, logistics and geomatics industries.
Then finally, the Avanti team travelled to Pretoria to brief the South African Department of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Transport. Plans for further exploitation and potential funding sources for the implementation of an SBAS test-bed after the end of the SBAS-AFRICA project were discussed.