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Advancing Air Navigation: Seneam and Cocesna Foster Regional Collaboration




In a move set to elevate air navigation services in the Mexican and Central American regions, the Services to Air Navigation in Mexican Airspace (Seneam) and the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (Cocesna) recently inked a collaborative accord. This groundbreaking partnership involves the exchange of radar intelligence between the Yucatan Peninsula's radar systems and those across Cocesna's member countries.


Signed by Juan Carlos Trabanino Aguirre, Cocesna's CEO, and Javier Alonso Vega Dour, Seneam's Director General, the agreement is poised to automatically amplify radar surveillance coverage for both entities. This strategic alliance introduces a layer of redundancy in aircraft detection, ensuring seamless and high-quality surveillance across the skies of Mexico and Central America.


Vega Dour emphasized the reciprocal advantages, elucidating that in the event of a radar malfunction within Seneam's system, information from neighboring countries will seamlessly fill the gap, guaranteeing robust and dependable surveillance. Going beyond the exchange of radar data, this collaboration encompasses the sharing of knowledge, experiences, and advisory support for crafting innovative air routes and contemporary navigation procedures in line with international trends.


"The collaborative framework involves the interchange of knowledge, experiences, and guidance for the design of novel air routes and modern navigation procedures, poised to trigger superior practices focused on environmental protection and enhanced economies for users within the aviation sector," affirmed Vega Dour.


In addition, the agreement encompasses technological support and consultancy tailored to the needs of this region. Both revered entities in the aviation realm share a common vision—to be benchmarks for safety and service quality, contributing significantly to regional socio-economic development.


Underscoring the significance of effective and secure aeronautical operations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) deems the establishment of robust mechanisms imperative. These mechanisms play a pivotal role in implementing and adhering to the standards and recommended practices stipulated by the international body, facilitating the necessary means for continuous improvement in the region for the mutual benefit of states and the aviation industry.


To broaden the scope of aerial surveillance and aircraft detection responsibilities through collaborative efforts with neighboring organizations, the Annexes 1 and 2 of the Cooperation Agreement between Seneam and Cocesna have been officially ratified. Christopher Barks, Director General of the ICAO Regional Office, stood witness to this historic accord.


These annexes are designed to significantly expand airspace surveillance coverage within the respective flight information regions of each organization, effectively addressing existing coverage gaps and formalizing communication channels between institutions and their member states.


In summation, this collaboration stands as a pivotal milestone in fortifying air navigation services, promoting safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility across the vast skies of Mexico and Central America.


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