The Nigeria Airspace Management Agency NAMA, says, the decongestion of the Nigeria Airspace with the sectorization of Lagos to Western and Eastern axis has significantly boost radio communication.
The General Manager, training and licensing, Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnels (ATSEPs), Mr. Boulus Bodam stated this at the National Association Air Traffic Engineers,NAAE Lagos Biennial General Meeting and election in Lagos.
He said, the feat was achieved with the deployment of state-of-art facilities by NAMA to enhance air safety in the country.
The Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnels (ATSEPs) are in charge of the communication, navigation and surveillance systems in the aviation industry and ensure they are working at optimal capacity for air safety.
Mr. Bulus Bodam says, Over time their challenge had been with the communication system and repeatedly the agency had been deploying State-of-the-art equipment and resources to address it.
According to him, this led to segmentation of the airspace within Lagos to address all the issues and now there is a drastic improvement in the system being attested to by the flying public.
“We have the Eastern and Western axis all with the mind of addressing all the issues we were having in the past and low and behold the flying public we bear us witness that there had been a drastic improvement in the system”.
In a lecture on the role of ATSEPS in aviation safety chain, Mr. Abdulaziz Maiwada said, annual plan for ATSEPs training and development in line with the operation and competency were required while adhering to maintenance and operating procedures in line with technologies.
He maintained that, Pilots, ATCs, engineers, ATSEPs constituted the intel link in the aviation safety chain adding that the huge amount of voice and data communication messages, navigational aids and surveillance signals required a solid infrastructure, high performing systems and network.
He emphasized that, there must be spare parts at all times, adequate calibrated working test gears, regular flight calibration of ground navigation aids and reduction of paper work for a low cost but immediate and essential spare procurement.
A General Manager and Engineer in NAMA Mrs. Ijeoma Ihenacho urged the engineer to first and foremost focus more on the job of saving lives in ensuring safety and not on money.
“Our yound engineers should strave for efficiency and effectiveness in what they are doing, they should not be looking out for money”.
Chairman, NAAE ATSEPS Lagos branch, Mr. Sonowo Ayodele after his election pledged to ensure professionalism, members welfare and carry every member along in achieving their primary duty of enhancing safety.
“We need to drive down more professionalism within our members, on the job and off the job”.
Highlight of the general meeting was the sworning in of elected members of ATSEPS.