NAMA IMPLEMENTS PBN IN 15 AIRPORTS
Efforts by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to implement Performance Based Navigation (PBN) in the country have received a major boost with the publication of PBN Area Navigation (RNAV) Approaches for 15 Nigerian Airports as well as the publication of Standard Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure Routes (SIDs) for Benin Airport by the agency. The said publication enables duly equipped aircraft with necessary approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to fly PBN procedures into the airports without the use of ground Navigational aids. These airports include Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Ilorin, Owerri, Jos and Kaduna. Others are Maiduguri, Katsina, Minna, Sokoto, Zaria, Gombe and Bauchi. Speaking on this development, the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam noted that the implementation of Performance Based Navigation in Nigeria became inevitable as it is in line with global migration from ground-based navigation to satellite-based navigation, stressing that NAMA is leaving no stone unturned in meeting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement for states to ensure full implementation of Performance Based Navigation at both local and international airports by 2016. Engr. Abdulsalam also said that "because of the increased level of accuracy, reliability, continuity, integrity of information, overall enhanced safety and attendant benefits to airlines and the travelling public, it has become imperative for Nigerian operators to key in to PBN" adding that "with direct routing and reduced flight times, Performance Based Navigation would enhance efficiency and reduce cost to the airlines." It will be recalled that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in 2012 published PBN Area Navigation (RNAV) Approaches, Standard Instrument Departure Routes (SIDs) and Standard Arrival Routes (STARs) for the four major airports of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano making them PBN compliant. Meanwhile, arrangements are in top gear by NAMA to integrate Uyo, Asaba, Yola, Kebbi, Dutse, Akure Bebi and Osubi airports into the PBN network in the country.
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