Wednesday 14 November 2012

All Airlines to Install Automatic Flight Information Reporting System - NCAA.

Sky Watch Nigeria.

In line with the continous consideration of safety measures in the aviation industry, the NCAA has called for the installation of a new safety device - Automated Flight Information Reporting System, or face penalties.
Dr. Harold Demuren, Director General of the NCAA made this call on Tuesday November 14 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel Ikeja Lagos, while speaking to newsmen shortly after delivering a speech at the Airbus Industry Training Workshop for indigenous airline operators. 

The Automated Flight Information Reporting System, (AFIRS), measures key data off aircraft and allows airlines data and voice communications anywhere they fly. The data that comes off the aircraft through AFIRS is managed by operations and maintenance personnel to support the optimal maintenance, safety and financial performance of aircraft.

Demuren expressed satisfaction that all the country’s airline operators were willing to adopt the innovation, and disclosed that it cost NCAA about $30,000 to acquire and install the equipment in its headquarters in Lagos.

Speaking on the period required for Airlines to implement this, Demuren added that “We are giving them six months to install the gadgets in their airplanes. We need to give them some time. It is not a thing you can do in one day. After that, no aeroplane would operate in the public category carrying passengers for hire and reward will be allowed again in the country. I think it is good to promote safety in the industry."

The AFIRS is the newest safety gadget in the global aviation industry and could be used to detect any problem in any aircraft, whether stationary or airborne.


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