The incidents of bird strikes in the nation’s airports is now to be checked and reduced to the barest as hitech equipment to manage these creatures have been acquired by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.
The equipment acquired include, 3 different models of bird scaring gas canons, Dayboxes for carrying pyrotechnics during Operations for safety, 15,000 rounds of 12G (heavy caliber bird scaring pyrotechnics), Hi-tech bird laser, Personal Protective Equipment for staff dealing with wildlife, Purpose built TYPE IV explosive storage magazine, Brand new Hilux jeep for Runway wildlife patrol, amongst others.
At the inauguration of the equipment in Lagos, the FAAN MD, Captain Rabiu Yadudu said, the Authority procured them on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and that they were the best around all in a bid improve on safety of flight operations.
Captain Yadudu represented by the Director of Commercial and Business Development, Alhaji Sadiku Rafindadi stated that, the deployment of these equipment will usher in an era of safe flight operations, as incidents relating to birds strikes will now be a thing of the past.
The event climaxed with a practical demonstration of the use of some of the equipment by the representative of the MD/CE and the Director of Airport Operations.