NCAA deploys aircraft tracking system

By Oyise OGHENE
JERUSALEM: NCAA deploys Aircraft Automated Flight Information Reporting System to improve air safety

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is set to deploy Aircraft Automated Flight Information Reporting System to improve air safety in the Nigerian airspace in the year 2013.

This was disclosed recently by the Director General of the NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren during an interview with Journalists at the Christmas service held at the Garden Tomb in Israel, where he (prayed for) was praying for the safety of the Nigerian airspace and passengers.

Dr. Demuren explained that the Aircraft Automated Flight Information Reporting System will alert the authorities if there is any problem on board an aircraft, whether the aircraft is missing or not.

In his words,  ‘’if anything happens on board, whether it is recorded or not, once it happens, automatically it would record on data based on hours and it would alert you that there is problem and it would stream those data to us. Whether the aircraft is missing or not, you still get and see the data. The good thing is that this data can be easily animated and you will see it in real life how it happened, what occurred, so that there will be no speculation, you can log from it, you can learn from it and then correct it, that is all about that and that is the good news coming from us.’’

According to him, aviation is safe, is very unfortunate that we have that tragic accident and for that to happen, you must not forget that this is why we gave thanks to God that from 2006 to June last year , we have carried 50m Passengers, we have operated 4m flights not a single accident and then suddenly that accident happened.

So our prayers and thoughts are with those families that lost their lives in that crash and those of the military helicopter that God will grant all peace and joy.

Speaking on the year 2012 and expectations for 2013, Demuren noted that, ‘’ my message to Nigerians, and expectations in the year 2013 as it relates to air safety is to
pray that the lord God almighty, our lord Jesus Christ will bring perfect peace and safety in the air transport of Nigeria and is very crucial, you have to remember that unless God builds the house, the labour is in vein that build the house, unless God keep the city, the watch men watched but in vein, is God that gives permanent safety and we pray God should use us as an instrument to give our travelling public a safe and accident free aviation industry in Nigeria, and that is our prayer.’’

On the recent call by the House of Representatives for his resignation, Demuren said, “the National Assembly members are politicians, we are not politicians, we are professionals doing our job, the truth will come out and when the truth comes out, it will set everybody free”

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