Flora Wakolo

Chief Air Traffic Control Officer – Operations

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority

Ms Flora Wakolo is a Chief Air Traffic controller in charge of operations in the Kenyan Airspace. She is based at the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Head office and oversees Air Traffic Operations at 9 Air Traffic Services facilities (Area Control Center, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Moi International Airport (MIA), Eldoret International Airport (EIA), Kisumu, Wilson, Malindi, Wajir and Lokichoggio). Her duties include liaising with other Air Traffic Control Officers in charge of operations at the facilities to ensure that the KCAA mandate of planning, developing, managing and operating a safe, economically sustainable and efficient civil aviation system in Kenya is achieved, in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act 2013 as read together with Civil Aviation (amendment) Act of 2016.
 
Regionally, Flora led a team of experts in the East African Community (EAC) study on seamless upper airspace from 2014, the outcome is expected to see the EAC Partner States implement seamless operations by 2021. She has also been an active member of Africa ATS Incident Analysis Working Group (AIAG) and was the recipient of the AIAG 2017 award for her unfailing participation in AIAG since its inception. Her active participation, guidance and leadership in in the AIAG sessions has greatly contributed to making AIAG task a great success by reducing the number incidents in Kenya and Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI).
 
Currently she is leading an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) AFI region in the implementation of AFI SSR Code Management Plan that has seen AFI move from one Participating Area to Multiple Participating Areas that was aligned with the CANSO Mombasa Road Map on ATFM during the AFI Planning and Implementation Group (APIRG) 22 meeting.
 
She qualified and was licensed as an Air Traffic Controller in 1985. Has worked at different positions including Aerodrome, Approach, Area and Radar in major stations in Kenya. Flora is also a trained Search and Rescue Administrator and Mission Coordinator, Accident/Incident investigator and ATM system analyst.
 
She is passionate about regional integration that should set the ball rolling for Africa’s integration with the rest of the World through Collaboration Decision Making Process and Air Traffic Flow Management after having achieved to get women in Air Traffic control recognized in Kenya by championing for change of some of the punitive regulations in 2002.
 
Flora has been recognized as an eminent speaker by various regional groupings that bring aviation stakeholders together and uses such fora to drive the wider regional agenda that will in future see Africa plug into the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP).
 
In addition to being a speaker, she was instrumental in the hosting of CANSO Africa Conference in Mombasa, Kenya and ICAO Air Services Negotiations (ICAN) event 2018 among other international conferences hosted by KCAA.
PANELISTS SESSION

GATM Virtual Conference Agenda

25 November 2020 | 16:40 - 17:40 | Virtual Panel: Continuity Of Air Cargo Operations During COVID-19: The Vaccine Disruption challenge

During the pandemic; flexibility, agility and efficiency were the key drivers of success for the cargo and commercial industry. Now, stakeholders are being warned of potential capacity constraints with delving the vaccine. IATA has urged governments to facilitate cooperation and start planning with the global network, this session will discover how to create operational contingency plans to combat this challenge and what post COVID-19 procedures should be considered permanently to enhance efficiency.

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