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Nigerian Airspace Management Agency Signs Agreements with ASECNA for Improved Airspace Coordination

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Nigerian Airspace Management Agency Signs Agreements with ASECNA for Improved Airspace Coordination
Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has signed Letters of Agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation and Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) to enhance airspace coordination and address challenges arising from the flow of air traffic between Flight Information Regions (FIRs). This collaboration aims to improve the safety and efficiency of the African sky by streamlining air traffic procedures and implementing free route airspace concepts.

Lagos - In a significant move towards enhancing the safety and efficiency of the African sky, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has signed Letters of Agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation and Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). These agreements aim to improve airspace coordination and address challenges arising from the flow of air traffic between adjacent Flight Information Regions (FIRs).

The signed agreements, which were a result of a five-day coordination meeting with ASECNA officials from Togo and Benin Republic, focus on enhancing air traffic coordination between the Lagos Area Control Centre (ACC) and the Lome Area Control Centre, as well as between the Lagos ACC and the Cotonou Approach Unit.

The Letters of Agreement specify procedures for the separation of aircraft between the two ACCs, including designated radio frequencies, transfer points for aircraft, and altitudes for transfer across common boundaries. They also outline modalities for coordinating air traffic along newly created routes within the Lome airspace.

NAMA assured the ASECNA officials that issues related to coordination and data interchange equipment, such as Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) and Air Traffic Services Message Handling Services (AMHS), will be resolved through the ongoing deployment of the new VISAT 10.02 network.

Furthermore, NAMA presented the concept of Free Route Airspace (FRA) to the ASECNA officials, highlighting its benefits such as increased airspace capacity, shorter travel time, reduced carbon emissions, reduced operational costs for the operators, and reduced workload for controllers and pilots. The ASECNA team was encouraged to consider adopting and implementing this concept.

During their visit, the ASECNA team also inspected the navigational facilities at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, including the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) Site, control tower, mobile control tower at CENTREX, CAT III equipment, and the newly installed Surface Movement Radar.

Engr. Tayib Odunowo, the Managing Director of NAMA, emphasized the importance of regional collaborations and synergy between adjacent FIRs for ensuring the safety of the African sky. He stated that such collaborations are crucial for seamless air traffic management and interoperability of Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) systems among African states.

The agreements between NAMA and ASECNA mark a significant milestone in improving airspace coordination and safety in Africa. By streamlining air traffic procedures and implementing innovative concepts like Free Route Airspace, African nations can work together to enhance the efficiency and reliability of their aviation systems.

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