The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) on Thursday commenced the test running of the newly installed Category III Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Runway 18 Right, Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The NAMA Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu who said the alignment of the facilities were already done by the engineers before the test running exercise, also explained that the exercise, showed that the equipments were in good conditions, based on the test run.
He observed that the ILS components which include Localizer, Glide Slope and Distance Measuring Equipment actually propagated signals, optimally, adding that the exercise was organised to ensure that the equipments aligned with the centre line of the runway and as well as aligned with the descent path that will be comfortable for threshold at a good landing height to ensure an accurate landing.
“In a couple of weeks, we will bring a calibration aircraft to fly in and certify that the equipment is good to go.”He said according to the timelines, CAT III ILS would be available in Lagos and Abuja Airports by the third week of December 2019.
Capt. Akinkuotu said the agency is responding to the demands and clamour by airlines for better navigational facilities in Nigeria. “The CAT II ILS we have at the moment have 800 meters visibility.
The CAT III system comes with advanced features of visibility and landing with no decision height lower than 100ft (30m) and a runway visual range not less than 700ft (200m).”
Conclusively, Akinkuotu said “the deployment of CAT III ILS will reduce the congestion at the landing and take-off minimals as we expect to see an improvement in flight operations in the country in the coming weeks and months.”