NAMA completes calibration of Kaduna airport’s nav aids

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency says it has completed the routine calibration of facilities at Kaduna airport ahead of the March 8, 2017 closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

NAMA said in a statement on Tuesday that the Very High Omni-directional Radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment and the flight inauguration of the Instrument Landing System/Distance Measuring Equipment had been successfully calibrated to ensure accuracy, reliability and efficiency of the facilities.

“The component parts of the facilities, which include Two VOR transmitters, two DMEs co-located with the VORs, two localiser transmitters, two glideslope transmitters and two DMEs co-located with the glideslope all passed the flight calibration test,” the agency said.

It added that the flight calibration was handled by Omni-Blue Aviation Limited along with their technical partners, FCSL of United Kingdom in collaboration with NAMA engineers, who carried out the installation, alignment and parameter adjustment during the exercise.

The Calibration Manager, Mr. Akeem Ogunmola, said the flight exercise, which started from Kaduna, would extend to Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Bauchi.

He said that in Bauchi, the calibration team would be inaugurating three systems including ILS/DME, VOR/DME and non-directional beacon, adding that facilities in the Port Harcourt and Lagos international airports would be calibrated.

The Director of Safety Electronics and Engineering Services, Mr. Farouk Umar, who led the NAMA team of engineers in the installation of the facilities in Kaduna, described the calibration as very successful.

“Kaduna airport is on full components of navigational aids, functioning at optimal levels. We can gladly report that Kaduna airport can now safely land aircraft even in critical weather conditions as far as Navaids are concerned,” he said.

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