After an unpromising run in 2012 with a big crash of one of its international flights, Nigeria has now made it to the prestigious position of being the initial country on the globe to make it a necessity to bring aboard the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) for all local operations.
Hitherto, AFIRS has been a prerogative of global airlines operating in the country, enabling them to monitor the movement of aircraft through server equipment, from terrestrial centers, via the transmission of the processing sensors inside the airborne plane.
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that with the mandate to have all local airlines install the device, the country will help shake up an already determinedly insecure sector, by helping in conducting inquiries into accidents, aiding in rescue endeavors and putting a cap on further speculation.
The NCAA says that ‘safety is data driven’, meaning that the moment a pilot takes controls, the black box will be recording each hit of the button, including such particular mechanics as taking to the skies and making a landing. The processing mechanism of the AFIRS will keep all this data for future review in case of a crash.
Nigeria Aviation-The Record
Nigeria has had an eclectic story as far as its aviation record is concerned. Several of its flagship carriers have either ceased to exist or forcibly stopped operations, mainly because of safety concerns.
The most recent airline to suffer this was Air Nigeria which came to a stop on September 2012, after the authorities forced it to do so for safety reconnaissance. Even so, the domestic carrier had been a continuity link for the then Nigeria Airways which had gone under years before the takeover happened.
The aviation sector has not just had to grapple with safety concerns alone, for according to a Reuters report, Air Nigeria did not cease services just because of the status quo but as a result of an accumulation of debts that had visited upon the firm due to fiscal mismanagement.
Still, the larger sector was still struggling even after a hundred and sixty three persons succumbed after an airliner crashed in Nigeria three months prior to the dissolution of Air Nigeria. There was a time when the national banker in the country provided that the banks should not support the airlines financially until they had remitted their debts that had reached a record high.
However, with the introduction of the automated safety devices, the NCAA has made a smart move that will help reclaim the glory of a sector that has stalled in its record, in recent times.