By Patrick Aigbokhan
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has completed a four-week on-the-job Training (OJT) for 48 Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Cadets of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.
The training, which is in line with International Civil Aviation Standard and Recommended Practices (ICAO SARPS), is part of the critical requirements for the cadets to attain certification by NCAT as full AIS Officers.
The OJT exercise took place at designated airports in Lagos and Kano centres.
The cadets, who commenced their Nine-Month Basic Aeronautical Information Management Officers Course (BAIMO) in October 2016, have been exposed to fundamentals in Maps and Charts, Air Traffic Services (ATS), Meteorology, Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM), Aerodrome Ground Aids (AGA), Aircraft Operating Characteristics (AOC) among other courses and are due to graduate in August 2017.
A workshop on e-Flight Plan and e-NOTAM was also held at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos at the end of the OJT exercise, designed to help cadets appreciate the practical aspects of electronic dissemination of aeronautical information to airspace users.
While congratulating the cadets for their excellent performance during the OJT, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, Managing Director, NAMA, said the result of the training showed that staff of the agency appreciate efforts of management towards building capacity of workers.
He assured that NAMA would continue to give priority to training and retraining of staff as this would enable them to effectively man the sophisticated Air Traffic Management infrastructure being deployed by the agency.
In his remarks, Alhaji Kabir Gusau, General Manager, Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) department, noted that the OJT exercise was meant to prepare cadets to appreciate the theoretical aspects of their training through practical interface with equipment and colleagues at work.
He stressed that the agency’s choice of training centres like Lagos was deliberate because it is where NOTAMs are promulgated.
“There is also the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) Office were amendments are made, just as we have the Charts Office which carries out airport survey, leading to the production of maps and charts. All these combined to give the cadets an interesting experience,” Gusau said.
He also expressed optimism that with the level of aggressive manpower training currently embarked upon by the agency, the AIS Automation project soon to be deployed will have a seamless and successful take-off.