|As build up to reopening of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu gathers momentum, Federal Government has made good its promise to upgrade facilities at the airport. |
In this regard, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has successfully installed a brand-new CAT 2 Instrument Landing System / Distance Measuring Equipment (ILS/DME) to replace the old system which was installed since 2003.
A successful site acceptance test on the equipment has also been conducted by NAMA engineers in Enugu in preparation for its calibration soon.
The agency has also installed a VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) for satellite communication at the airport.
According to a statement issued by the Agency, the 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 likened to the VSAT is the newly installed Remote Control Air-Ground (RCAG) Very High Frequency (VHF) radio communication system thus 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, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu noted that radio communication along the Lagos South East sector has improved tremendously.
According to him, installation of the VHF radio in Enugu is 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 has provided AFTN (Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network) link that would enhance effective data communication for transmission of flight plans, NOTAMs and Aeronautical Communication messages, just as it has 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.