Airspace agency digitalises local aiports

February 9, 2016 4:37 pm9 comments

runawayABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has begun the provision of 24 hour en-route radar service to airspace users at both the Kano and Lagos Area Control Centres (ACCs).

The agency said the area radar service which was only available between Mondays and Fridays from 07h00 to19h00 had now been extended to 24 hours daily.

Managing Director, of NAMA, Ibrahim Abdulsalam, said this feat became feasible following aggressive staff training by the agency to boost capacity of safety critical Air Traffic Control and Engineering personnel required to provide the service.

“With this development we have further enhanced safety and efficiency in air traffic management because the use of radar increases capacity to maximize utilization of available airspace with precision, accuracy and less workload to the Air Traffic Controllers and flight crew while also enabling aircraft to fly at optimum trajectories,” Abdulsalam said.

He noted that the non-stop provision of area radar service was in line with the ongoing digitalisation of the Nigerian airspace by the agency.

Abdulsalam expressed confidence flight times would be further reduced due to direct routing, translating to reduced fuel consumption by the airlines.

The executive boss added that round-the-clock radar surveillance would boost the nation’s preparedness in search and rescue operations.

CAJ News

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