The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has successfully installed a brand-new CAT 2 Instrument Landing System and Distance Measuring Equipment (ILS/DME) at the Enugu Airport to replace the old system which was installed since 2003.
This is a build up to the reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
A successful site acceptance test on the equipment has also been conducted by NAMA engineers in Enugu in preparation for its calibration in the coming days.
Meanwhile, in a bid to address communication blind spots in the Lagos South East corridor, the agency has installed a VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) for satellite communication at the airport.
This SATCOM (Satellite Communication) node has further been integrated into the national satellite communication network which is linked to the AFISNET (African Indian Ocean SATCOM Network).
Also linked to the VSAT is the newly installed Remote Control Air-Ground (RCAG) Very High Frequency (VHF) radio communication system, ensuring that Enugu now has an extended VHF coverage on 127.3MHz frequency for Lagos South East sector.
Speaking on the gains of this latest installation, Managing Director of NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkuotu who noted with delight that radio communication along the Lagos South East sector had improved tremendously,said “the installation of the VHF radio in Enugu was particularly significant as the city is strategically located to accommodate over six routes, both local and international.”
“Enugu being on a higher latitude can cover for Manfe entry/exit reporting point in Cameroun for international flights like Ethiopian, Rwanda Airlines, Kenya Airways, South Africa Airways and the like,”Akinkuotu said.
The NAMA boss revealed that the new installation had provided (Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network) AFTNlink would enhance effective data communication for transmission of flight plans, NOTAMs and Aeronautical Communication messages.
According to him, this “would also provided effective coordination between Enugu tower and Lagos Area Control Centre through the ATS/DS (Air Traffic Services/ Direct Speech) for departing and arriving traffic ahead of time.”