The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said it was presently installing category III Instruments of Landing Systems (ILS) in Abuja and Lagos as pilot projects to ensure the smooth landing of aircraft during extreme bad weather.
Managing director of NAMA, Capt Fola Akinkuotu, who disclosed this at the Airport Business Summit and Expo in Abuja yesterday, 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 ongoing in 14 airports to replace the old ones.
According to the NAMA boss, multilateration system has also 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, informing that vigorous trainings for air traffic controllers and engineers were being carried out in order to be in control of the 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’s remote vehicle remained a great challenge to air safety across the globe.
To continue to achieve safe airspace, Akinkuotu urged the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to provide adequate lighting facilities at the airports while the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) must not relent in their oversight functions.
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