Nigeria airports brought in line with global standards
From AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is aiming to ensure it meets the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement for states to ensure full implementation of Performance Based Navigation (BPN) Approaches at both local and international airports by 2016.
This is according to the Managing Director of the agency, Engineer Ibrahim Abdulsalam.
“Because of the increased level of accuracy, reliability, continuity, integrity of information, overall enhanced safety and attendant benefits to airlines and the travelling public, it has become imperative for
Nigerian operators to key in to PBN,” Abdulsalam said.
He made the sentiments as NAMA published the PBN Area Navigation (RNAV) Approaches for 15 Nigerian airports as well as the publication of Standard Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure Routes (SIDs) for Benin Airport.
The publication enables duly equipped aircraft with necessary approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to fly PBN procedures into the airports without the use of ground Navigational aids.
These airports include Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Ilorin, Owerri, Jos and Kaduna. Others are Maiduguri, Katsina, Minna, Sokoto, Zaria, Gombe and Bauchi.
Abdulsalam, noted the implementation of Performance Based Navigation in Nigeria became inevitable as it was in line with global migration from ground-based navigation to satellite-based navigation.
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