Nigeria asks domestic airlines to comply with satellite navigation system
By Oyise Oghene
All domestic airlines operating in the country as well as pilots have been called upon to comply with the satellite based navigation system as Nigeria is ready to switch to the satellite based navigation system very soon.
General Manager, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Supo Atobatele who made this known to Biztellers pointed out that there was a meeting between the agency and all the airlines operators and pilots to inform them about the need to key into the satellite based navigation system which will take effect soon.
“On Tuesday, we met with the pilots in the industry and airline operators, just to inform them about the development in NAMA, particularly the satellite based navigation system also known as performance based navigational system. Like you know, some weeks ago, we migrated from the terrestrial air navigation system to the satellite-based navigation system”
“So, we need to tell them what we have on ground and what they should do. Particularly, for you to operate within the sphere of the PBN system, your aircraft must be compliance, it must carry the prerequisite gadgets. So what we are trying to do is to just inform them” Atobatele affirmed.
He however stressed that any time from now NAMA would announce the commencement of the satellite based navigation system adding that airlines that would operate on the system are only those whose aircraft are compliance with the PBN system.
“Anytime from now, we will announce a specific date for the commencement of the PBN system in Nigeria, particularly for the major air routes and airports like Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcort, and Kano”
“Like you are aware, the test flight has been done by Emirates Airline as the first to carry out the approach test on Global Navigation Satellite System, GNSS, in Lagos while the KLM recorded same in Kano, as at today, South Africa Airways has equally joined, they did it on their own and it was 100 percent successful, so we are urging all the local airlines to join too” Atobatele said.