This week’s update

This week’s updates:

  • Domestic airline are considering to stop flights to Kano, Maiduguri and Yola due to the insecurity in the northern regions of the country.
  • Only two of IRS Airlines’ five F100s are operational at the moment. The airline now operates flights to Abuja, Kaduna, Kano and Lagos.
  • ATR presented its turboprops to the Federal Government last week.
  • New en route air traffic control radar for the Nigerian flight information region should be operational by April 12, according to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
  • Nigeria is setting up an Air Disaster Assistance Scheme.
  • The Federal Government has approved US-based company Associated Air Center (AAC) to become an authorized maintenance organisation for the Presidential Air Fleet.
  • The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is going back to court hoping to terminate its agreement with the owners of Lagos MMA Terminal 2. Furthermore, FAAN cancelled the lease of two plots of land to Bi-Courtney on which a hotel and conference centre were to be constructed.
  • A good commentary on the consequences of political interference in the Nigerian aviation sector.
  • The NCAA is trying to resolve the labour conflict between Aero and its staff. Anyhow, the airline’s operational capability has to be re-validated by the NCAA before it can resume operations.
  • Evergreen Apple will organise the first Nigerian Business Aviation Conference on 7 May 2013.
  • Bristow Nigeria will soon take delivery of a Sikorsky S-76C (ex-G-CGRU), which left Norwich earlier this week for Lagos.
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8 responses to “This week’s update”

  1. Anengiyefa says :

    Is it because we don’t have this new en route flight information radar that flights in Nigeria airspace, and indeed over much of Africa, (save for Kenya and South Africa and partially over Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) cannot be seen on any live flight tracking website? Africa looks like a black hole when one views any live flight tracking site and it seems to be the only part of the world apart from Antarctica where live flight tracking is still not possible.

    • Anonymous says :

      Partly, A lot of Africa still needs basic old school radar coverage. Other data sources like ADS-B and ADS-C are there but you also need the African aircraft to be suitably equipeed with corresponding devices to be able to get the benefit of these signals and where ground aids are in short supply, at least make do with satellite data.

      Africontrol or does Afrocontrol sound better?

      • Anonymous says :

        Afrocontrol alludes to a barbing salon, so Africontrol it is ;-]

      • Anengiyefa says :

        But its not just about African aircraft though. You can track any flight coming south from Europe, (or from the easterly direction, say from Arabia) mostly European airlines or the Middle Eastern ones, but Arik too and SAA. However, about 200km after crossing the north African coast, the aircraft simply disappear from sight. Ditto for aircraft flying north from Africa. They are not visible until they are just about to cross the coast to the Med. You basically cannot track any aircraft flying over the Sahara, or anywhere in west or central Africa.

      • LA says :

        Access to more flight data from the ANSPs to the the airlines and existing popular tracking sites finding clever ways to mash this together should help improve coverage. For now, the best bet is Flight Aware if you want to keep track of Africa

  2. Anonymous says :

    A lot also depends on the individual the ATCs of the various African countries and in parton the data availabilityfro OCCs of sevaral airlines.

  3. Anonymous says :

    ADS-B in your pocket is alreadyalready available. That was fast.

  4. Anonymous says :

    See this demo of ADS-B for your smartphone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kypoIqxuMaA

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