WEDNESDAY, JULY 31ST, 2013
Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is poised to deploy multilateration surveillance system for
helicopter operations in the Niger Delta
area within the next twelve months.
NAMA Managing Director, Nnamdi Udoh,
disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday at a
stakeholders’ meeting to address the
improved safety plan for low level flying
traffic in the Delta region. He told the forum, made up of aviation operators in the oil and gas sector, that the deployment of the new surveillance
system by the Federal Government would improve security and air safety in the area.
Udoh said the government had already
provided the capital for the execution of
the project and this he added, had made
it expeditious for the agency to fast track its implementation for the benefit of the stakeholders.
David Brocklebank of Saab Sensis, United
Kingdom, in a presentation, said airspace capacity utilisation would require an appropriate technology, pointing out that deployment of multilateration surveillance in the Niger Delta area would effectively capture the activities of the low flying aircraft.
Brocklebank, who recalled the effective
deployment of the system in the North
Sea in 2010, said the new technology
would deliver a safe, high integrity,
scalable solution and transfer technology of engineering and project management skills to Nigeria.
Director, General Aviation Terminal,
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA),
Captain Dele Sasegbon, expressed delight over this development and appreciated the valuable contributions of the stakeholders at the meeting, saying ‘’the impression we are having here now is to have the system deployed immediately”.
NAMA had in March this year, received a
preliminary survey report on the
multilateration surveillance system for
helicopter operations in the region. The survey became necessary to discover the weather, volume of traffic and type of
intervention to be provided by the agency, especially given the strategic nature of the area and the large scale of
exploration activities in that area.