In a bid to improve on safety of flight operations by effectively managing birds/wildlife hazards at the nation’s airports, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) today, commissioned some birds/wildlife equipment.
At an event held at FAAN’s headquarters annex in Lagos, the Managing Director, FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, who was represented by the Director of Commercial and Business Development, Alhaji Sadiku Rafindadi noted that the equipment are some of the best in the world. as the authority procured them on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
According to the MD, the deployment of these equipment will usher in an era of safe flight operations, as incidents relating to birds strikes will now be a thing of the past.
In his remarks, FAAN’s Director of Airport Operations, Capt. Muktar Muye expressed his delight at the arrival of the equipment.
He noted that what was commissioned is not just the equipment but a complete package that also include the recommended storage facility, patrol vehicle and trained personnel in line with ICAO/s Standards and Recommended Practices.
Some of the hi-tech equipment commissioned include: three different models of bird scaring gas canons, Day boxes for carrying pyrotechnics during Operations for safety, 15,000 rounds of 12G (heavy caliber bird scaring pyrotechnics), Hi-tech bird laser, Personal Protective Equipment for staff dealing with wildlife, Purpose built TYPE IV explosive storage magazine, Brand new Hilux jeep for Runway wildlife patrol, among others.
The event climaxed with a practical demonstration of the use of some of the equipment by the representative of the MD/CE and the Director of Airport Operations.
Also in attendance were the General Managers; Operations, Mrs. Olajumoke Oni, Environment, Mr. Nehemiah Auta, Special Duties, Mr. Kabiru Muhammed, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, Mr. John Ekpe, Regional General Manager, South West, Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba, representative of the GM Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Christabel Eromosele, Chief of Staff to MD/CE, Mr. Lawal Abdullahi, among others.