The Federal Government through its agency, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has commenced the installation of prefabricated pilot joint briefing offices nationwide.
The agency said the move is targeted towards digitising the nation’s aeronautical information service, adding that the installation team which had completed work at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos had proceeded to another airport and would continue the installation in 21 airports and three aerodromes nationwide.
According to NAMA, 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 Standard and Recommended Practices.
It added that the facility would also accommodate the equipment room for the VSAT network simultaneously being installed by the contractor.
The Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, said the development was 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 would be completed within the week, while those of Abuja, Port Harcourt and other stations would follow in the next couple of days.
“The installation of 14 new Very High Frequency radio sites which will ride on the new VSAT network is to commence simultaneously with these installations,” he said.
While expressing 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 said the flying public should be assured of the safety of Nigeria’s airspace.
“NAMA will continue to upgrade its air traffic management services and procedures to guarantee safety of air navigation in the country at all times,” he added.