FG To Install CAT-3 Landing System In Airports


The Federal Government has hinted that Category 3 (CAT-3) Landing System, a landing system at zero visibility level by airplanes, will be installed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIA) and Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos by January 2019.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu,said this on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new NAIA terminal held recently in Abuja.
He said: “As it is, we have the Instrument Landing System (ILS) Category 2, which allows us to fly at some reduced visibility and we would be able to fly lower than Category 1 ILS.
“It will interest you to know that, approval has been given; contracts have been awarded and construction has started for the installation of the Category 3 landing system. I think before the end of January, it will be ready. We are planning this category of ILS on Lagos and Abuja airports for a start and the next point of call will be Kano.”
Speaking further, he said: “There are different categories of Category 3; there is category A, B and C but in any of these categories, an airplane should be able to land at a very poor visibility. With Category 3 A, B or C, you should be able to land at a very marginal weather but with a certain category you can land.
“We are close to achieving a higher level of landing navigational aid in Abuja. Except for some bureaucratic bottlenecks, we should have had a CAT-3 landing system here, which will improve our capability to land airplanes in very poor visibility.”
He explained further: “We have always been ready. When you have increased traffic that means more airplanes will come in and so we have to provide more manpower which we are doing in terms of air traffic controllers.
“We are planning to improve and actually, we are close to achieving a higher level landing navigational aid in Abuja in anticipation of the new international terminal”.