Nigerian Govt commended over satellite based navigation

Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Engineer Nnamdi Udoh has congratulated the Federal Government migrate from terrestrial air navigation to a satellite based navigation system, known as Performance Based Navigation (PBN) in the Nigerian airspace.

Engineer Udoh further described the development as a great achievement in the current drive of transforming the nation’s aviation industry stressing that with the PBN in place, Nigeria has joined the league of big countries that are already operating the ICAO endorsed air navigation  programme.

‘’With the success recorded in our quest of moving from terrestrial to a satellite based air navigation system, Nigeria has joined the league of big countries that are  already  operating  the ICAO endorsed air navigation  programme’’ Udoh remarked.

The NAMA boss also explained that the operation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) would save cost for the airlines as they would burn less fuel during take off and landing as well as create a reduction in carbon dioxide emission and reduction in air traffic controllers’ load work.

He said ”Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA commenced the transformation with the completion of the N360million World Geodetic Survey (WGS-84) of the country’s 22 airports and the procedural design
of the four major airports in 2010”

“Sixty industry stake holders are currently  undergoing training on the satellite based air navigation system with participants drawn from Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots, Nigerian Civil Aviation [NCAA],Nigerian Air Force[NAF],Nigerian College of Aviation Technology [NCAT] and the Presidential fleet”

He noted that the staffs were being trained by a PBN expert, Ed Hajek from the International Air Transport Association [IATA], Montreal, Canada.

According to him ”Nigerian Airspace Management Agency [NAMA] is billed to train about 250 air traffic controllers on the Performance Based Navigation [PBN] system”

“The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had in 2007 endorsed the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) in its Assembly Resolution 36/33 for all member States of which Nigeria is a member”

“NCAA and NAMA have worked together with the Boeing Company and International Air Transport Association (IATA) respectively to achieve this great feat for Nigeria’s PBN implementation”

Nigeria’s bold attempt to migrate from terrestrial air navigation to a satellite based navigation system, known as Performance Based Navigation (PBN) received a boost when two foreign airlines test fly the new approach procedures with pilots landing successfully at the Lagos and Kano airports respectively over the weekend.

Emirates Airlines was first to carry out the approach test on Global Navigation Satellite System [GNSS] in Lagos while KLM recorded same in Kano.

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