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NAMA gets set for takeoff of AIS in 11 locations

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The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has said all is ready for the seamless takeoff of Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) automation in 11 locations next month.

Acting Managing Director of the agency, Mr. Emma Anasi, at a stakeholders’ forum, said all the key agencies or data originators would need to enhance their data collation, origination, processing, storage and exchange system to meet the requirement for data integrity, accuracy and availability under the AIS Automation scheme.

Business Hilights recalls that major agencies involved in the takeoff arrangements include the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Air Force.

NAMA explained that upon completion of the AIS project, the facility would link Nigeria to a centralised aeronautical database, which will be connected to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) AFI Region Centralised Aeronautical Information Data Base (AFI-CAT).

Experts say that on full completion of the project by December 2017, the 26 VSAT facilities located at various airports nationwide under the AIS Automation project would provide a structure for the exchange and management of flight, operational, aerodrome, safety, meteorological, financial as well as administrative information.

Anasi added further that “This network of information flow from service providers or data originators to airlines or airspace users would create the required environment for Airport Collaborative Decision Making.”

Other deliverables according to the NAMA boss would include the enhancement of e-NOTAM, e-Flight Planning, e-AIP, e-TOD, e-Charts, e-Flight briefing and also boost capacity for voice and data communication for both air to ground and ground to ground communication.

In his remarks, the Director General of NIMET, Dr. Anthony Anuforom said there is need for regular meetings of stakeholders to monitor the progress of the automation project


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