The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is set to go digital with the Air Traffic Service Message Handling System (AMHS) with a wider band in the next two weeks.
With this, there will be no limitation of messages to be transmitted with high speed and adequate feedback as against the Aeronautical fixed telecommunications network AFTN with its channel check transmission.
Managing Director, NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkoutu who announced this at the 25th anniversary of the National Airtraffic Communicators Association of Nigeria (NACAN)in Abuja, said, this would make the Communicator’s work easier and provide clearer messages.
According to him, the AMHS system of communications was in place and needed global politics to make it work and it was supposed to have be switched on in Kano but the contractor picked Germany as the switch on point.
He said NAMA had improved on training and employment since 2017 while communications had been improved upon, adding that, the management was addressing the issue of shortage of manpower and equipment.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the NACAN president Mr. George Nkambo identified shortage of manpower in the department and urged the Management of NAMA to look into it as they needed an additional 300 personnel to join the 176 on ground to cover all the airports across the country effectively.
He explained that, five airports, Jalingo, Bayelsa, Bauchi, Kebbi and Jigiwa were yet to be covered by Communicators operations as most of these airports were involved In Hajj operations.