Wednesday, November 21, 2012

■ NIGERIA: NAMA switches to Automated Flight Planning.

NAMAThe Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) has, effective 15 November 2012, switched from the analogue method of preparing flight plans to an automated flight plan system, that can be accessed here. In addition, the system is compatible with changes announced to the ICAO model flight plan form and ATS Messages (Amendment 1 to 15th Edition of PANS ATM Doc 4444) which came into effect on 15 November 2012.

Automated Flight planning software
Automated Flight planning software
Nnamdi Udoh, the Managing Director of NAMA, said that the new flight plan would allow air navigation service providers the opportunity to maximize aircraft capabilities by conducting flights more closely to their preferred trajectories and by facilitating the utilisation of advanced technologies, increasing overall airspace usage efficiency.
It will also enhance optimised demand and capacity balancing through efficient exchange of information,’’ Udoh said.
Source [Vanguard]

The switch-over will also aide search and rescue operations should the need arise.