NAMA spends N360m on World Geodetic Survey
Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said it had spent 360 million Naira on World Geodetic Survey (WGS-84) of 22 airports and procedural design of four major airports in Nigeria.
NAMA’s Acting General Manager/Business Development, George Amadi, said this at the ongoing 2012 Lagos International Trade Fair.
“With this NAMA has migrated from Terrestrial air navigation to satellite air navigation, otherwise known as Performance Based Navigation (PBN) at the four major airports. The four major airports are Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja International Airports,” he said.
Amadi said this was achieved after Emirate and KLM successfully conducted a test flight on the new approach procedure on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) at Lagos and Kano International Airports.
He said that the operation of PBN would save cost for the Airlines as they would burn less fuel during takeoff and landing.
According to Amadi, it will also reduce carbon dioxide emission and Air traffic controllers work load.
“With PBN, the agency has joined the countries that are already operating International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) endorsed air navigational programme,” he said.
Amadi said that with this development, NAMA has the capacity to collaborate and provide WGS-84 survey, PBN procedure design and cartography services to any organization according to International Standards.
He said the agency expected the Airlines to reduce their air fares since they would be using less fuel.