The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has, as part of its processes to implement the Performance Based Navigation (PBN), introduced a satellite-based navigation system and as well, published Standard Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure Routes (SIDs) for the Benin Airport. The agency has the mind to roll out improved Performance Based Navigation systems for a total of 15 airports.
The agency has said that the publication would help aircrafts that were fully equipped and deemed fit for duty to get the necessary approval needed from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, which allows such aircrafts to fly Performance Based Navigation procedure into airports, eliminating the use of navigational aids.
The airports that would benefit from this plan are those in Benin,Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Ilorin, Owerri, Jos, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Katsina, Minna, Sokoto, Zaria, Gombe and Bauchi while plans are ongoing to include others into the programme. The likely airports to be considered next are Uyo, Asaba, Yola, Kebbi, Dutse, Akure Bebi and Osubi airports.
The managing director of NAMA has also commented on the improvement and introduction, lauding the very idea and stating that it is one of their steps to match the international flight standards. Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalaam, the Managing Director, has said that NAMA is leaving nothing to chance as they wish to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s requirements.