TATV Newsround: How the future is now for rural Africa

Africa could be one of the leaders in urban and regional advanced air systems following an agreement between Kenya Airways and the Embraer advanced UAS specialist company EVE.

In this week’s programme we look at how this and other sustainable aviation systems could be proven in Africa and begin the task of connecting rural areas at a fraction of the cost and time of existing road systems.

Alan Peaford explains how it has been an important two weeks for this sector with fast-moving developments.

One sector that was hit hard by the pandemic is ground handling. One of the world's largest aviation services providers, with ground handling and airport services, is Dubai’s Dnata.

GCC editor Jill Stockbridge met up with Steve Allen, the recently appointed executive vice president of Dnata and talked to him about the impact of Covid, the road to recovery and the value of innovation as well as prospects for growth in the market.

Turkey has been hosting the IDEF event this week and defence editor Jon Lake reports on the early highlights of the show while Ella Nethersole and Alan Peaford have been to the movies and finding out about protecting wildlife in Kenya and the anniversary celebrations in the Gulf, especially for the aviation industry in Bahrain.

Alan Peaford

Alan Peaford MBE

Alan is a former actor, an award-winning foreign correspondent with strong ties to the Middle East through involvement with the launches of Arab Times in Kuwait and Gulf

Jill Stockbridge

Jill Stockbridge

Jill has spent more than 35 years in journalism, working in the UK, Australia, and for the last 25 years, in the Middle East.

Jon Lake

Jon Lake

Jon is defence editor for both Arabian and African Aerospace magazines.

Marcelle (Ella) Nethersole

Marcelle (Ella) Nethersole

Ella is a news editor for digital news channels including Arabian Aerospace, African Aerospace and Times Aerospace TV.