Start test run of e-flight planning system

Airports around the country are to be upgraded, with the delivery of equipment for full automation of the department of Aeronautical Information Service (AIS).

The National President, Aeronautical Information Service Association of Nigeria (AISAN), Paul Igene, made this known in Lagos during the commemoration of the AIS Day.

He said that the antennas for seven airports across the country had arrived.

According to Igene, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has promised full automation of the system with the inauguration of that of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

“Over two decades now, we have been fighting for the AIS automation and we give glory to God that this present management has seen the AIS automation as its baby. Airspace agencies across the world have been automated,” he said.

According to him, it has been difficult working manually to bring out flight schedules, especially with shortage of staff in the department.

“With AIS automation, it will make the job easier for us and it will be real time information.”

He explained that airports around the country have started a test run of the e-flight planning system, adding that some airlines had started keying into the system.

The non-recognition of AIS as a professional body in the aviation sector is one of the body’s challenges.

“Without AIS, other bodies in the sector cannot function well,” Igene insisted.

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