The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (Nama) has announced its plan to deploy multilateration surveillance system to the Nigeria Delta area for helicopter operations.
Mr. Nnamdi Udoh, managing director of Nama, speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos recently said the surveillance system would come on stream in 12 months time and would improve safety plan for low level flying traffic in that region.
Udoh also told the forum comprising helicopter operators in the oil and gas sector that the deployment of the new surveillance system would improve security and air safety in the area.
According to him the federal government had already provided the capital for the execution of the project thereby making it expeditious for the agency to fast track its implementation for the benefit of the stakeholders.
Mr. David Brocklebank, director of the United Kingdom-based Saab Sensis, during a presentation, said airspace capacity utilisation would require an appropriate technology, pointing out that the deployment of multilateration surveillance in the Niger Delta area would effectively capture the activities of the low flying aircraft.
Brocklebank recalled the effective deployment of the system in the North Sea in 2010, and said the new technology would deliver a safe, high integrity, scalable solution and transfer technology of engineering and project management skills to Nigeria.
Also speaking, Capt. Dele Sasegbon, director of general aviation at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), expressed delight at the development and appreciated the invaluable contributions of the helicopter operators.
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