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Six airports get navaids as NAMA unveils safer airspace plan

ANTHONY OMOH 
The management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has revealed that Federal Government has approved installation of new Navigational Aids in six airports in the country
The managing director, NAMA, Engr. Abdusalam Ibrahim who disclosed this at a chat with reporters in Lagos said the installations will boost operations in the country and create better, improved and safety of airspace.

Engr. Abdusalam explained that NAMA after replacing the navigational aids in these six airports, the ones which were there and are in working condition will be installed in other airports to enhance the system
“So what we are looking to is to bring our system up. The one that will be removed will be taking to a station that doesn’t have something that is working well”
“The one that is taken from Lagos can be used in another station for better performance. Though government has approved for six airports but what we are doing is like replacing 12 airports. At the end of the day, what we are going to be impacting is not just on the six airports but all the other airports”.
“The NAVAID in Lagos is working very well and by the time we take it out and put in a new one, the one that is there will be taking to another station that is not working well”
The NAMA boss also explained that a contract for the provision of facilities that will enhance communication between pilots and controllers through SMS known as Controller–pilot data link communications (CPDLC),  has been signed between NAMA and SITA and will commence operations in June this year.
He said it was another alternative to voice communication which is expected to tackle issues where voice network was not too good in the country and to cover the oceanic region like Lagos and Niger Delta.
Abdusalam also explained that the module-S Data link was in advance stage and will soon be activated to provide information to the aircraft from the controller at TRACON.
He announced that NAMA was in an advance stage of deploying multilatration in the gulf of Guinea after survey and discussion adding that it was awaiting its approval for its deployment for a safer operation.
According to Abdusalam, a lot of new air routes have been established to reduce flight time, fuel consumption among others while a PBN regional route has also been established with the training of 40 PBN professionals while another 40 will be trained soon for the total coverage of the country.
He announced that the Kano safe tower project that has lingered on for a very long time will be completed soon and put into use in the next two months. “Kano air traffic operations will move to a new control tower with their new facilities in place”
He said that NAMA  has taken over the provision of air navigation services at Kebbi, Dutse, Bonny Island aerodrome , Forcados Aerodrome and Bauchi airports while the federal government has cleared the debt on the TRACON support services owed Thales.
He explained that NAMA in house-engineers have been running the TRACON system effectively since January this year adding that the challenges remained the spare parts to maintain the facilities.
He explained that paucity of funds has been the greatest challenge of the agency which has hindered it from carrying out some of its programmes.

Abdulsalam said NAMA was working with other agencies especially NCAA towards achieving a successful ICAO safety audit for a proper event.

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