It is with great pleasure that I send this congratulatory message on this significant occasion of Silver Jubilee of Air Traffic Engineering Officers’ Association (ATEOA) of Sri Lanka on the theme: ‘Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personal (ATSEP)’ where ATSEP is an acronym recognized by ICAO for the personnel responsible for the installation, calibration and maintenance of CNS/ATM systems in the field of Air Navigation.
ATEOA which was formed in 1990 got itself affiliated to the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) in 1998, which is the International Organization representing Global Air Traffic Safety Electronics community with around sixty countries in its present membership.
Members of ATEOA, who are employees of Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited (AASL) – the sole Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP) of our country, are responsible for maintaining all Air Traffic Safety Electronics Engineering Systems, such as Air – Ground VHF Communications, Ground Communications, Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), VOR, DME, Radar Surveillance Network and Passenger & Baggage Security Screening Machines installed at all our airports including the installation and maintenance of Automatic Dependence Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system planned for 2017. Being the Technical Staff of Electronics & Air Navigational Engineering Division, they have become the backbone of AASL’s workforce on Aviation infra-structure due to their true commitment to Air Traffic Safety Electronics Engineering discipline, thus ensuring the safety of lives of each and every air travel passenger embarking and disembarking through our airports.
ATEOA has been carrying-out its functions over the years demonstrating an exemplary commitment to their profession indulging in numerous professional tasks of enhancing the knowledge and skills of its membership to face the challenges of ever growing technology in the field of Aviation through Seminars and Workshops using their own funds.
They have maintained the highest decorum fitting into a professional body and in many occasions have joined hands with the management rising to occasions of national calamities such as civil war, tsunami, floods etc; and as the State’s Regulator in Civil Aviation, I am pleased to acknowledge their consistent commitment to uphold the standards of Aviation Safety through assurance of reliable Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) Systems for use in Sri Lanka.
I wish to extend the greetings of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka to all members of ATEOA on this significant milestone being celebrated, with warmest and best wishes for even greater heights of professional achievements for themselves as well as for the Aviation Industry in Sri Lanka through all years to come.
H. M. C. Nimalsiri
Director General of Civil Aviation & CEO
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka