FG upgrades navigational facilities, to deploy new ones, says NAMA

Emma Anasi, MD, NAMA

Emma Anasi, Ag.MD, NAMA

 

 

…asks operators to take advantage of PBN, ADS-S, CPDL

By Sade Williams

 

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has said it is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Transportation yo embark on the upgrading of existing facilities, as well as the deployment of new communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management systems that will further enhance capacity as well assafety, efficiency and economy of flight operations. 

 

The Agency, which said it observed with sincere concern the challenges and difficulties airlines and the travelling public have been subjected to over the past few days as a result of reduced flight visibility occasioned by the prevailing harmattan dust haze, however, asked the airlines to   equip   their   fleets  and  take  advantage  of   these  new   PBN  flightprocedures,   as   well   as   other   satellite   based   navigation   systems   such   asAutomatic Dependent Surveillance Surveillance Contract (ADS-C) and Controller Pilot Data Link Communication Systems that were implemented in 2015, with increased level   of   safety,   accuracy,   reliability,   integrity,   availability   and   continuity   of service.

 

While the Agency said it  is not unmindful of the economic losses to airlines, passengers   and   other   airport   stakeholders,   it noted that it is primarily required   to  ensure   safety   of   lives   and   properties   by   ensuring   that   all   flight operations   are   in   compliance   with   minimum   state   weather   conditions   aspublished by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for each airport.

 

In a statement signed by Emma Anasi,  NAMA’s acting MD, it said: The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency had earlier taken appropriate measures to ensure the availability and reliability of air navigation facilities atall   airports.     In   addition,   the  Agency   in   October   2015   implemented   andpublished   Performance   Based   Navigation   (PBN)   flight   procedures   for   theguidance of aircraft into and out of 16 domestic airports in addition to similar procedures implemented at Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt in 2012.The Agency wish to use this opportunity to encourage Nigerian airline operators   to   equip   their   fleets  and  take  advantage  of   these  new   PBN  flightprocedures,   as   well   as   other   satellite   based   navigation   systems   such   as Automatic Dependent Surveillance Contract (ADS-C) and Controller Pilot Data Link Communication Systems that were implemented in 2015, with increased level   of   safety,   accuracy,   reliability,   integrity,   availability   and   continuity   ofservice.

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“Furthermore, while the current severe weather conditions are expected to improve within the next few days, NAMA in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation has embarked on the upgrading of existing facilities, as well as the deployment of new communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management systems that will further enhance capacity as well assafety, efficiency and economy of flight operations. 

 

 

“NAMA wish to state that flight operations in the year 2016 have been relatively very safe following significant investments made in the developmentof safety critical infrastructure and manpower. The Agency wish to reassure all Nigerians that all efforts are been made to ensure more efficient and safe airnavigation service delivery in the year 2017”, the statement said.

 

 NAMA however, said it sympathises with all Nigerians who have suffered losses or inconveniences as a result of flight delays/cancellations, saying it wishes   all   Nigerians,   the   travelling   public,   airlines,   sister agencies, and other stakeholders, a safe and Happy New Year ahead.

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