13 February 2013

Nigeria: NAMA Begins Area Radar Control

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said it has put in place the necessary logistics to commence area radar control in the country to further boost air navigation services and safety.

Area radar control is air traffic control service, provided for airplanes flying within the Flight Information Region (FIR).

According to the managing director of the agency, Mr. Nnamdi Udoh, some air traffic controllers have been trained to handle this operation at both Kano and Lagos area control centres for flight operations within the nation's airspace.

Addressing airline pilots at a parley in Lagos, Udoh disclosed that Friday, February 22, 2013, has been slated for test run with the operating airlines while Friday, April 12, 2013, would be the implementation day.

While asking for the cooperation of the pilots, the NAMA boss said the regulatory agency is being carried along to give approval for the immediate implementation of service .

He listed benefits to be derived from the area radar control to include increased airspace capacity, improved safety, reduced fuel consumption, reduced flight time and efficient flow of air traffic.

Udoh disclosed that other steps taken by NAMA to enhance air safety in the country are in the area of uninterrupted power supply to navigation aids at the nation's airports, maintenance as well as rapid training and retraining of staff.

He maintained that the essence of the parley was "to create a no-holds barred forum with airline pilots" where all problems and challenges arising from their flight operations could be x-rayed and possible solutions proffered even as NAMA was poised to provide a world class service with minimal incidents and zero accident record.

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