Preparatory to the full implementation date of November 12, 2015, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has begun test running Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract/ Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (ADS-C/ CPDLC) from the Kano Area Control Centre (ACC) at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
The Agency said the running of the Kano pilot data communication system, which commenced at the weekend marked another success in the ongoing test run of the deployment of ADS-C/ CPDLC in the nation’s airspace.
The Kano test run which was witnessed by the managing director of NAMA, Engineer Ibrahim Abdulsalam, alongside other directors of the agency involved successful log-on and communication with airlines such as KLM flight KLM597, Ethiopian Airlines flight ETH936, Saudi Air flight SVA977, Qatar Air flight QTR771, Air France flight AFR896 and another Air France flight AFR976.
“Most of the pilots were extremely delighted about the alternative means of communication in their various chats with air traffic controllers as they commended NAMA for the initiative. Complimentary remarks such as “terrific” “bravo”, “wilco”, “roger” etc could be seen on display from the obviously excited pilots,” NAMA said in a statement. Meanwhile, a successful Site Acceptance Test (SAT) on the equipment in Kano was conducted by NAMA engineers in collaboration with technical personnel from SITA Information Networking Computing BV (system providers), just as air traffic engineers and air traffic controllers drawn from Lagos and Kano ACCs have been assembled in Kano for operational and technical training which has already taken off at the airport. With the simultaneous commencement of the test run of ADS-C/ CPDLC in Kano and Lagos ACCs, both of which make up the Kano Flight Information Region (FIR), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency is set for the actual takeoff of the service across the nation’s airspace beginning from 00.00hrs UTC on the 12th of November, 2015.
Source : Leadership