NAMA to Train 96 Staff on Aeronautical Information Service
As part of on-going efforts to beef up capacity and manpower requirements preparatory to the imminent take-off of Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) automation in November, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is set to train 96 members of its staff.
According to the Managing Director, Engineer Nnamdi Udoh, the affected staff are to be trained in Basic Aeronautical Information Course at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology ( NCAT), Zaria adding that for effective deployment of logistics, the group shall run the course concurrently in four batches.
Addressing participants at NAMA headquarters in Lagos, Udoh congratulated them for the privilege just as he enjoined them to justify the agency’s huge investment in their training by taking their studies seriously. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set November 15, 2013 as deadline for the implementation of AIS automation worldwide and the project in Nigeria has reached advanced stage of completion.
AIS automation when in operation would enhance air safety with pilots sending their aeronautical messages online and this would reduce excessive telephone conversation between pilots and air traffic controllers. The airports to benefit from the project include Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ilorin, Jos, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Owerri and Yola. Others are Zaria, Calabar, Osubi, Minna, Kadunna, Enugu, Katsina, Ibadan, Benin, Akure, Bebi, Bonny, Eket, and Escravos.