Extreme bad weather :NAMA installs CAT III ILS in Abuja, Lagos

Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, NAMA MD

 

Posted by Sade Williams

 

To ensure the smooth landing of aircraft during extremely bad weather, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) says it is presently installing category III Instruments of Landing Systems ILS in Abuja and Lagos as pilot projects

 

The Managing Director of NAMA, Capt Fola Akinkuotu, who disclosed this at the Airport Business Summit and Expo (ABSE) in Abuja said it was aimed at tackling the problem encountered by pilots during the harmattan season when trying to land.

 

Akinkuotu, whose paper titled, ‘Recent strides for safer 2018 airspace management’ was presented by Engr Johnson Otitolaye said the installation of Doppler VOR and distance measuring equipment were on going in 14 airports to replace the old ones.

 

According to the NAMA boss, multi-lateration system has been deployed to the Niger Delta region to take care of helicopters flying in the area.

 

Also installed by NAMA included a back up radio in Kano and Lagos remarking that vigorous trainings for air traffic controllers and engineers were being carried out in order to be at breast with current developments.

 

Akinkuotu revealed that NAMA has taken steps to ensure seamless flight operations in the country’s airspace stressing that the airspace was very safe

 

He however noted that unmanned area remote vehicle remained a great challenge to air safety across the globe.

 

To continue to achieve a safe airspace, Capt Akinkuotu urged the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to provide adequate lighting facilities at the airports while the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority must not relent in their oversight function.

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