FG to deploy alternative surveillance system at airports

The federal government has identified vandalism of sensors located in remote locations on airport premises as one of the biggest challenges to the smooth functioning of the aviation industry.

The government said it was proposing an alternative low-level windshear safety monitoring system beyond the use of sensors.

The managing director of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, a parastatal of the Federal Aviation Ministry, Professor Mansur Matazu, said on Tuesday at the second Nigerian Aviation Workforce Safety Symposium on “Mitigate / prevent the negative impact of windshield accidents in Nigerian airspace ”.

During the event, aviation industry experts challenged the federal government to adopt homemade solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change on aviation safety in the country.

According to Matazu, climate change has a wide range of consequences for aviation safety.

He said: “The few challenges we face are basically the vandalism of some of the sensors located in remote locations within the airport premises or beyond the perimeter.

“Recently we attended a public meeting alongside the minister on how to educate the public to stop vandalizing the sensors, because some of these instruments look very simple in the bush, but they play a essential role in the aviation industry.

“For each airport, we have ten sensors, we manage to implement in terms of security some of the recommendations of the security team who conducted a survey on the vulnerability of the sensors and we involve the communities to help us involve the residents to help us protect the facilities. . ”

Matazu said preventing the occurrence of wind shear goes beyond human technological push, saying it took a lot of effort for scientists and industry experts to understand the complexity of the phenomenon of wind shear. wind shear.

He explained that early warning and detention mechanisms have proven to be the only reliable solution to the risks of wind shear, adding that pilots’ knowledge of its existence before landing or take-off allows them to perform maneuvers to avoid the impact of the wind. mow.

Aviation experts said some of the consequences included wind shear, increased global temperature, flooding and storm surges, sand and dust storms in the national context as well as the jet stream and airframe icing in the global aviation arena.

Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority Director General Captain Musa Nuhu said a multidisciplinary research effort was underway by scientists, engineers and other stakeholders to better understand the impacts of the climate change across the aviation system, including aircraft and infrastructure.

He said that efforts were also underway to produce a dedicated climate adaptation guidance document to support the risk management activities of all stakeholders, including operators and pilots, managers of airport, aircraft manufacturers, governments and regulators.

He stressed the need to install terrestrial and satellite sound and television broadcasting systems and various mobile radio communication systems that warn aircraft pilots of storms and turbulence as well as the public of dangerous weather events.

Previously, the Director General of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Akin Olateru, explained that the symposium was organized to strengthen the Nigerian aviation safety management system and to continuously assess preparatory action plans to mitigate the impact of unusual weather conditions and climate change on aviation safety.

Olateru said evidence of past and recent plane crashes and incidents in Nigeria had been strongly associated with weather and weather conditions, among which wind shear was a major cause for concern.

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