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NAMA begin airports’ navigational aids calibration

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 4:46 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe –  Correspondent, Lagos


The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA) said it has commenced the calibration of its navigational aids at airports and en-route stations across the country as part of efforts to further enhance the safety of the Nigerian airspace.

The Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam, who disclosed this on Wednesday, said the routine calibration exercise intended to determine the precision and accuracy of these navigational aids is being handled by Agency for the Safety of Aerial Navigation in Africa (ASECNA) based in Senegal in collaboration with NAMA engineers and is expected to last for about two weeks.

ASECNA is an air traffic control agency based in Dakar, Senegal and its function is to ensure that navigational aids at airports are working and in perfect order for air safety.

The exercise, he said, would involve the calibration of the agency’s Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), Very High Omni-Directional Radio Range (VOR), Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), Path Approach Precision Indicators (PAPI) and Air Field Lighting (AFL) systems.

The managing director listed other facilities to be calibrated by ASECNA to include the communication radio coverage across the nation.

Abdulsalam noted that the operation was “targeted at putting all the navigational aids at the nation’s airports and en-route stations in optimal capacity in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards to continue to generate precise and accurate signals to guarantee the safety of air navigation in Nigeria.