Respite for airline operators, passengers as 14 airports get visibility aids
Airline operators and passengers can now heave a sigh of relief as 14 airports across the country have been equipped with Category 11 instrument landing systems, which will enable airlines land and take-off during low visibility.
The airports now having ILS Cat II Approach and Landing Minima include Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Ilorin, Gombe, Owerri, Sokoto, Uyo, Yola, Dutse, Calabar and Enugu airports.
This development is coming at a time when airlines had to cancel and delay over 50percent of their flights as a result of the harmattan haze, which made it difficult for pilots to operate.
In a release sent yesterday by Sam Adurogboye, the general manager, Public Relations, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), he said the implementation of these revised aerodrome operating minima (both takeoff and landing) shall be based on compliance with applicable Standard Operating Procedures for Low Visibility Operations at the affected airports. This is executed by Flight Crew, Air Traffic Controllers (ATC), Aerodrome Operators and the Meteorological Agency.
According to Adurogboye, to ensure the seamless operation of these revised minima, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) shall continue to ensure prompt and regular provision of required meteorological information. These will include flight visibility and Runway Visual Range (RVR) values to all ATC units in the airports. Thus NiMET and NAMA shall ensure constant updating of the Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) with the available RVR values as appropriate.
“All airlines, Aerodrome Operators and Air Navigation Service Providers are required to ensure adequate training of their personnel and flight crew that would be involved in low visibility operations.
“The Air Navigation service provider is expected to ensure regular flight calibration of all available navigational aids. This is to ensure safe and efficient flight operations, especially during low visibility operations.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will continue to provide a proactive regulatory oversight that will ensure safety and security of all flight operations,” he added.
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