Nigeria Travellers Bewa

NATCA-CopyNigeria airspace’s radar facilities do not have back-up and this has been described as a ticking time bomb that poses a serious threat to air travellers.

NATCA says, the available one is very old and in need of replacement.

Victor Eyaru, president of Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) told CNBC Africa that the radar used to monitor the movement of an aircraft requires urgent back-up to avert possible dangers.

NATCA is a non-governmental organisation whose membership is drawn from Professional Traffic Controllers who possess relevant Air Traffic Controllers Licenses and Ratings. 

Eyaru warned that in the absence of a back-up radar, air controllers resort to using their brains to predict the latitude and geography of a plane.

“Without that radar as an aircraft controller you would be doing procedural air traffic controlling which is very taxing as one will be using [their] own brain to tell where the plane is geographically,” said Eyaru.

“In this battle, God has been kind to us as we have not experienced challenges in air traffic associated with not having radar, but it could be very terrible if the only available goes blank.”



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