The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) says it has successfully installed a brand-new CAT 2 Instrument Landing System / Distance Measuring Equipment (ILS/DME) at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
NAMA engineers have conducted site acceptance test on the new equipment which replaced the old system installed in 2003 as its calibration will take place soon.
The agency added that it has also installed a VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) for satellite communication at the airport in a bid to address communication blind spots in the Lagos South East corridor.
This 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 liked to the VSAT is the newly installed Remote Control Air-Ground (RCAG) Very High Frequency (VHF) radio communication system, ensuring that Enugu now has an extended VHF coverage on 127.3MHz frequency for Lagos South East sector.
While speaking on the installation, Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu noted that radio communication along the Lagos South East sector has improved tremendously, saying the 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 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.