Harmattan is coming!

Thus, aviation experts are calling for collaboration among stakeholders to minimise flight disruptions as the season of dusty haze approaches.

They also noted that during the period, navigational aids, runway markings and airfield lightning must be calibrated to ensure that they work optimally.

The Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Muhtar Usman, stated this at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport 2018 Runway Safety Week in Lagos, while noting about 60% of aviation accidents in Africa happened on the runway.

He stated that to ensure safety on the runways, agencies in the industry needed to collaborate and imbibe the culture of sharing of information as well as improve upon critical safety facilities.

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“This period of the year is characterised by a drastic reduction in visibility sometimes to as low as between 350-450 metres. Before the current review, the minimal used to be 800 metres Instrument Landing System operations and the minimum 1,200 metres for a VOR operation, even at the best of times, in most cases, will not be able to achieve all this and most of our carriers will be on the ground,” he said.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, represented by the General Manager, Technical Evaluation, Mr Bola Ahmed, said the agency had put several measures in place for the safety of every flight in the airspace and on the ground.

According to him, between 2015 and 2016, the then management of NAMA started working on how to reduce disruptions of flight operations during the period of low visibility usually occurring between November and February.

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