In its continuing efforts to enhance air safety in the country, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has commenced the calibration of navigational equipment at some airports across the country. The exercise, which is scheduled to last for one week, will be handled by ASECNA, a Dakar-based calibration firm.
In a statement signed by Supo Atobatele, general manager, public affairs, NAMA, the routine calibration exercise commenced at the state-owned Birni Kebbi Airport where newly installed doppler very high omni-directional radio range, DVOR, distance measuring equipment, DME, and instrument landing system, ILS, were commissioned. According to him, routine checks on VOR/DME equipment at Sokoto, Jos, and Abuja airports are to be carried out by the technical team, including the precision approach path indicator, PAPI, of the Abuja and Kaduna airports. The glide slope of Kaduna would be rechecked, he said, adding that the newly installed conventional VOR/DME at Enugu airport would be commissioned while the VOR/DME at Owerri and ILS/DME at Ilorin are for routine check.
Nnamdi Udoh, managing director, NAMA, had said earlier that the calibration of the navigational aids would assist in putting them in order, adding that the agency spends about N200 million annually to calibrate navigational aids in 26 airports across the country.