Implementation of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Performance Based Navigation (PBN) is well underway as aircraft with necessary approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) can now fly into 15 airports in Nigeria without the use of ground Navigational aids.
These airports include Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Ilorin, Owerri, Jos and Kaduna. Others are Maiduguri, Katsina, Minna, Sokoto, Zaria, Gombe and Bauchi.
The airspace managers made the revelation with the publication of the PBN Area Navigation (RNAV) approaches for 15 Nigerian Airports as well as the publication of Standard Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure Routes (SIDs) for Benin Airport by the agency.
Speaking on this development, the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam noted that the implementation of Performance Based Navigation in Nigeria became inevitable as it is in line with global migration from ground-based navigation to satellite-based navigation, stressing that NAMA is leaving no stone unturned in meeting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement for states to ensure full implementation of Performance Based Navigation at both local and international airports by 2016.
Engr. Abdulsalam also said that “because of the increased level of accuracy, reliability, continuity, integrity of information, overall enhanced safety and attendant benefits to airlines and the travelling public, it has become imperative for Nigerian operators to key in to PBN” adding that “with direct routing and reduced flight times, Performance Based Navigation would enhance efficiency and reduce cost to the airlines.” It will be recalled that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in 2012 published PBN Area Navigation (RNAV) Approaches, Standard Instrument Departure Routes (SIDs) and Standard Arrival Routes (STARs) for the four major airports of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano making them PBN compliant.
Meanwhile, arrangements are in top gear by NAMA to integrate Uyo, Asaba, Yola, Kebbi, Dutse, Akure Bebi and Osubi airports into the PBN network in the country.
In another forum, the agency says it has taken steps to strengthen processes and procedures towards effective revenue generation and collection at the various airports in the country. Speaking at a two-day interactive meeting of senior staff of Accounts and Commercial Departments of the agency which took place at FAAN training School, MMIA Lagos, the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam tasked staff to “devise new initiatives of improving the revenue base of the agency by streamlining expenditure and blocking leakages,’’ stressing that there was the need for a working synergy between both departments to thrive in the general interest of the agency.
Engr. Abdulsalam also charged them to employ their professional expertise to effectively review the revenue Standard Operating Manual in order to meet industry best practices and also make for effective service delivery, adding “we all have to align all the agency’s operations to embrace the fiscal policies of the Buhari administration like the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which are geared towards promoting transparency and accountability in the public sector.”