January 27, 2023

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NAMA strikes to enhance surveillance functionality within the Gulf of Guinea


The Nigerian Airspace Administration Company (NAMA) has carried out a stakeholders sensitization train preparatory to the implementation of the Broad Space Multilateration (WAM) Surveillance Air Visitors Administration System within the Gulf of Guinea.

The workshop, held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state noticed members from airline corporations, oil prospecting corporations, the Nigerian Air Power, Nigerian Navy, NAMA engineers and air visitors controllers amongst different regulatory our bodies obtain key data on the crucial of the challenge.

The airspace administration physique elucidated the financial, safety, operational and security advantages accruable from its deployment and in addition extracting their buy-in and cooperation.

The workshop additionally geared toward brainstorming and interacting with the supplier of the service, customers of the service and key stakeholders so as to provide you with an acceptable structure for the airspace and in addition evolve a system that might be environment friendly, protected and economical to all events.

Appearing Managing Director of NAMA, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok stated the multilateration challenge dates again to 2013 when a contract was awarded for the evaluation of the visitors quantity, complexity and structure of the airspace within the Niger Delta, in view of the vital position of oil exploration in Nigeria and the essential position of helicopter operations in help of oil exploration actions.

He stated the quantity of helicopter operations within the Niger Delta had elevated considerably inside a really restricted airspace bloc, on condition that helicopter operations are inside very low altitude.

In accordance with Pwajok, the elevated quantity of flight operations, in addition to airspace complexity, necessitated the search for the supply of a devoted communication, navigation and surveillance system for the protected, efficient and environment friendly air visitors administration of low- degree helicopter operations within the Niger Delta Space of Nigeria in help of oil exploration actions.

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“The density of their operations, the rising variety of heliports, helipads, helpdesks and touchdown platforms across the space turned very vital. Helicopters had been crisscrossing one another and the mode of management throughout the space had been procedural and by visible flight guidelines (VFR).

The advice of the evaluation crew was that the visitors quantity was past flight by visible flight guidelines and in addition past procedural management. What we at the moment have can now not maintain elevated flight operations or assure effectivity, security and safety of flight operations throughout the Niger Delta space, subsequently the supply of an automatic system of surveillance, monitoring and management of flight operations via Multilateration turned crucial,” he stated.

He expressed gratitude to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for offering the company the situation for the Multilateration centre in Port Harcourt to regulate and coordinate the surveillance of the complete space, stressing that the reconstruction of the Port Harcourt MLAT centre had been accomplished, energy and cooling methods already put in whereas the set up of transmitters and receivers is ongoing in 29 websites to cowl the complete Niger Delta space.

Pwajok disclosed that forward of its commissioning by the top of the yr or early subsequent yr, vital milestones within the challenge akin to manufacturing unit acceptance check and manufacturing unit coaching for air visitors engineers and air visitors controllers had already been accomplished in Czechoslovakia, including that the tools had been shipped to the nation whereas installations are ongoing.

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