Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika inside King Air 350i calibration airplane
FG takes delivery of $8.5m calibration aircraft save $1million annually
EDERAL Government through the Ministry of Aviation, yesterday confirmed receipt of a $8.5 million King Air 350i calibration airplane in government’s quest to ensure workability of navigational aids and boost aviation safety and stem the $500, 000 bi-annual capital flight.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika on Thursday evening tweeted through his official handle @hadisirika: “Just received new calibration aircraft for the country. Make is King Air 350i. Cost $8.5M. The agony of contracting it to South Africa or Niger at about $500,000 every six months is over.
“Our airspace is safer. Thanks Mr. President, we started and finished during your regime”.
Nigeria used to have a calibration aircraft which was starved of routine maintenance and as such became unserviceable causing the country to outsource the mandatory task to offshore firms like ASECNA at exorbitant rates.
A calibration aircraft is used to inspect navigational or communication equipment like the Instrument Landing System (ILS), Very-high Omni-directional radio Range (VOR) and others to ensure they work accurately and precisely.
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“What I must tell you is that this certification process is not as easy as it looks especially when you allow the infrastructure to be unattended for quite a long time and then over a period of time there are changes. If you are not proactive on those changes you find out by the time you want to do this certification, the requirement for the certification process, you find that the airport is either finding it difficult to meet up the requirement or you give them time.
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