NAMA commences installation of prefabricated pilot joint briefing offices

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Efforts by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to digitalise the nation’s aeronautical information service (AIS) have received a boost as the agency recently commenced the installation of prefabricated pilot joint briefing offices nationwide.

The installation team, which has completed work at Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, has proceeded to another airport and is expected to continue the installation in 21 airports and three aerodromes nationwide.

When operational, the prefabricated offices will provide a one-stop shop at the airside where crew members can obtain AIS briefing, meteorological information and make necessary payments at a single point in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs).

The facility will also accommodate the equipment room for the VSAT network, which is simultaneously being installed by the contractor.

Speaking on this development, Fola Akinkuotu, the managing director of NAMA, said this is part of continuous efforts by the agency to enhance seamless and sustainable communication in the upper airspace, adding that the Satellite Lineup for the VSAT node at NAMA headquarters in Lagos will be completed within the week, while that of Abuja, Port Harcourt and other stations would follow in the next couple of days.

The NAMA boss revealed that the installation of 14 new Very High Frequency (VHF) radio sites, which will ride on the new VSAT network is to commence simultaneously with these installations, even as he expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for its support and intervention leading to the final clearance of the agency’s VSAT equipment at the Apapa port.

Akinkuotu however assured airspace users and the flying public that the Nigerian airspace remained safe, adding that NAMA would continue to upgrade its air traffic management services and procedures to guarantee safety of air navigation in the country … Read More...

Company behind Benin-Ore Highway helicopter landing says had NAMA approval

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Tropical Arctic Logistics Limited (TAL), operator of the helicopter that airlifted a sick patient at the Benin-Ore highway last weekend, said it secured approvals from relevant regulatory agencies before embarking on the evacuation service.

The company said the chopper was chartered for a medical evacuation operation and this was not the first time it was engaged to carry out such service.

This was disclosed by Femi Adeniji, the Chief Operating Officer of the company, when he addressed journalists in Lagos Thursday.

Adeniji said the company received approval from the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), which endorsed the clearance for the flight, stressing that it did not breach any aviation regulation in its bid to conduct life saving operations in collaboration with Flying Doctors.

The COO said the company was yet to receive any query or communication from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) concerning the flight.

Adeniji also explained that the company was surprised at the undue outrage over the incident, noting that what was a normal operation has attracted unnecessary attention.

Adeniji also said helicopter involved was not involved in any scheduled flight diversion, as alleged.

“We wish to state that our mission for that flight was to save a life. We immediately swung into action and rushed to the site in record time to pick the individual who is currently recuperating in the hospital. We are a licensed logistics company to carry out medical evacuation operations and was engaged to airlift an individual who suffered a serious health challenge while caught in traffic and needed emergency evacuation on the day in question.

 “The Benin – Ore road evacuation was conducted in close collaboration with security agencies, the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Police worked assiduously in trying to clear the gridlock caused by the on going … Read More...