Air safety: FAAN commissions bird strikes management equipment

Middle: FAAN MD representative; Director of Commercial and Business Development, Alhaji Sadiku Rafindadi, R-L, Director of Airport Operations, Captain Muktar Muye.; General Manager; Operations, Mrs. Olajumoke Oni, General Manager Environment, Mr. Nehemiah Auta and others in a group picture.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) today commissioned bird and wildlife management equipment to prevent bird strikes and wildlife hazards against flight operations at the nation’s airports.

The commissioning was performed by the Director of Commercial and Business Development, Alhaji Sadiku Rafindadi who represented the Managing Director of the Authority, Captain Rabiu Yadudu  at FAAN’s headquarters annex in Lagos.

The managing director noted that the equipment was one of the best you can get around and was procured by FAAN on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

According to Yadudu, the deployment of this equipment would usher in an era of safe flight operations, as incidents relating to bird strikes will now be a thing of the past.

In his remarks, the Director of Airport Operations, Captain Muktar Muye expressed his delight at the arrival of the equipment. He noted that what was being commissioned is not just the equipment but a complete package that also includes the recommended storage facility, patrol vehicle and trained personnel in line with ICAO/s Standards and Recommended Practices.

Some of the hitech equipment commissioned include 3 different models of bird scaring gas canons, Dayboxes for carrying pyrotechnics during operations for safety, 15,000 rounds of 12G (heavy-caliber bird-scaring pyrotechnics), Hi-tech bird laser, Personal Protective Equipment for staff dealing with wildlife, Purpose-built TYPE IV explosive storage magazine, Brand new Hilux jeep for Runway wildlife patrol, amongst others.

The representative of the managing director demonstrated the equipment in the presence of top management staff of the organisation included General Managers; Operations, Mrs. Olajumoke Oni; Environment, Mr. Nehemiah Auta; Special Duties, Mr. Kabiru Muhammed; Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, Mr. John Ekpe; Regional General Manager, South West, Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba; representative of the GM Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Christabel Eromosele; Chief of Staff to MD/CE, Mr. Lawal Abdullahi, amongst others.

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