NAMA Set to Implement ADS-C / CPDLC in Nigeria

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NAMA Set to Implement ADS-C / CPDLC in Nigeria

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NAMA Set to Implement ADS-C / CPDLC in Nigeria

By Ofonime Essien









Preparatory to the full  implementation date of 12th November, 2015, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has achieved nationwide success in the ongoing test run of the deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract/ Controller Pilot Data Link Communication   (ADS-C / CPDLC) in the nation’s airspace.

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This is coming in the heels of another successful operational test run of the facility from the Kano Area Control Centre (ACC) at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano which commenced last weekend. The Kano test run which was witnessed by the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam, along with other directors of the agency involved successful log-on and communication with airlines such as KLM flight KLM597, Ethiopian Airlines flight ETH936, Saudi Air flight SVA977,  Qatar Air flight QTR771, Air France flight AFR896 and another Air France flight AFR976.

Most of the pilots were extremely delighted about the alternative means of communication in their various chats with air traffic controllers as they commended NAMA for the initiative. Complimentary remarks such as “terrific”  “bravo”, “wilco”, “roger” etc could be seen on display from the obviously excited pilots.

Meanwhile, a successful Site Acceptance Test (SAT) on the equipment in Kano was conducted by NAMA engineers in collaboration with technical personnel from SITA Information Networking Computing BV (system providers), just as air traffic engineers and air traffic controllers drawn from Lagos and Kano ACCs have been assembled in Kano for operational and technical training which has already taken off at the airport.

With the simultaneous commencement of the test run of ADS-C/ CPDLC in Kano and Lagos ACCs, both of which make up the Kano Flight Information Region (FIR), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency is set for the actual takeoff of the service across the nation’s airspace beginning from 00.00hrs UTC on the 12th of November, 2015.

Consequently, NAMA has issued an Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) to aviation stakeholders worldwide including airlines, service providers and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on the availability of ADS-C/ CPDLC in the Nigerian airspace.

The AIC is aimed at sensitizing stakeholders on the commencement of the service in the country and also to highlight the benefits derivable from the use of the service, intended scope of the service as well as requirements for airborne equipment, flight planning and operations.

Source: NAMA


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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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