Preparatory to the implementation of the Broad Space Multilateration (WAM) Surveillance Air Visitors Administration System within the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian Airspace Administration Company (NAMA) has held a two-day sensitization workshop with stakeholders in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The workshop which attracted members corresponding to airline operators, oil prospecting firms, the Nigerian Air Pressure, Nigerian Navy, NAMA engineers and air visitors controllers in addition to different aviation companies was geared toward sensitizing key stakeholders and regulatory authorities on the crucial of the undertaking in addition to 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 as a way to give you an applicable structure for the airspace and in addition evolve a system that may be environment friendly, protected and economical to all events.
In his remarks on the discussion board, Performing Managing Director of NAMA, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok mentioned the Multilateration undertaking 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 assist of oil exploration actions.
He mentioned the amount of helicopter operations within the Niger Delta had elevated considerably inside a really restricted airspace bloc, provided that helicopter operations are inside very low altitude.
Based on 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 assist of oil exploration actions.
“The density of their operations, the rising variety of heliports, helipads, helpdesks and touchdown platforms across the space turned very vital. Helicopters have 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 staff 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, due to this fact the supply of an automatic system of surveillance, monitoring and management of flight operations by Multilateration turned crucial,” he mentioned.
He expressed gratitude to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for offering the company the placement for the Multilateration centre in Port Harcourt to manage and coordinate the surveillance of all the 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 all the Niger Delta space.
Pwajok disclosed that forward of its commissioning by the top of the yr or early subsequent yr, vital milestones within the undertaking corresponding to manufacturing unit acceptance take a look at and manufacturing unit coaching for air visitors engineers and air visitors controllers had already been completed in Czechoslovakia, including that the gear had been shipped to the nation whereas installations are ongoing.