How AIB is leveraging technology to enhance air accident reporting
by IFEOMA OKEKE
January 4, 2018 | 12:35 am| | | Start Conversation
Aviation industry in the globe has continued leveraged on technologies to develop and meet the expectations of players and air travellers in the sector with the unveiling of several state-of-the-art technologies to further attract attention to the industry.
The Nigerian airlines, agencies and organisations in the sector too are making efforts to meet up with the pace of technological development in the global industry with the launch of numerous applications to aid their functions and improve their services to their clients.
One of such agencies is the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), which recently launched a mobile application to further assist it in accident and incident reporting.
AIB said that the launch of the mobile application would enable the public to immediately report aircraft incident and accident to it directly, rather than through a third party or any other social media.
The launch of the mobile application by the management has attracted commendations from players in the sector who said this would further increase awareness about the activities of the bureau and improve in the discharge of its duties, not only to the travelling public, but to the nation as a whole.
John Ojikutu, the former Commandant at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA), Lagos in a recent interview, said that the launch of the mobile application would further make the job of AIB easier while the public would have better access to the bureau.
Ojikutu added that there is a provision in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) regulation Act, which allows even aircraft crew to make a report to the authority without the knowledge of airline management, stressing that the launch of the application had made AIB to be in tune with happenings in the global aviation industry.
He said: “I agree with AIB on this. There is a provision for that even in NCAA regulation. The regulation says that even the crew themselves without the knowledge of the operator can make a report to NCAA. Sometime, we discover that if a crew reports something, the operator might not be happy. What NCAA requires is just the particular of the aircraft, the occurrence, time and where.
“I’m 100 per cent with AIB on this because we have been keeping a lot of things away from the bureau. There are lots of things that we have seen during investigations, which we expected that NCAA should act, but didn’t. However, since AIB is doing that, I think it is a step in the right direction and the management should be commended for coming out with the idea.”
Sheri Kyari, Coordinator Centre for Aviation Safety and Research (CAS-R), Sheri Kyari said that technology applications like that would always make improve AIB in discharging its duties.
He noted that if AIB had quick access to information, it would prevent recurrence of serious incident or accident in the sector, stressing that the current management had done a lot to ensure improvement in the sector.
He added: “This will make their work easier in the cause of gathering information in case of serious incident or accident. So, if they are able to get information on time, they can make use of it to make sure that accidents are prevented.”
It would be recalled that Akin Olateru, the Commissioner, AIB, at the launch of the mobile app, said that through the application, industry players and other air travellers would be able to get in touch with the agency in case of any emergency, adding that most information on incidents on aircraft, which occurred in Nigeria especially pictorial and videos were sourced from other international applications.
Olateru explained that the downloading of the pictures and videos to the application would greatly assist AIB in carrying out its investigations, stressing that it was a faster and easier alternative to web browsing.
On the installation of the mobile application, Olateru told journalists that a user of iphone could install the application through App Store, which contains a white “A” inside a circle.
He added: “Then, you will now tap search at the bottom of the screen and type AIB NIGERIA to download. When you see the name or an image of an app you’d like to add to your iPhone, tap to select it.
“When the app is installed, AIB NIGERIA icon will be added to your home screen and the install button will be replaced with a button, which says ‘OPEN.’ Tapping it launches the app you have just downloaded.
“The application gives us a new and more convenient way to receive aircraft accident report in real time, thereby increasing promotional opportunities with push notifications and more, which depicts its core objectives of accident and incidence investigation reports.
“This app would improve engagement with Nigerians by providing easy and open access to the Bureau and its activities. The Application is now available for free download on the Apple, Android and Google play stores.
He insisted that the development of a mobile application was essential to the bureau’s processes as it extends its relationship with users by providing better access to news and updates, convenience, live reporting by eye witnesses in the event of accidents or incidents.
He maintained that the AIB Mobile app, consumes less data when compared to other in its categories, adding that it could also be used offline while it offers instant updates and notifications.
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