Rainy Season: Ilorin Airspace manager cautions pilots against flying in bad weather


By Matthew Denis

Towards ensuring safety of the air space, the Airspace Manager of Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Ilorin International Airport, Mr. Balogun Abiodun has warned pilots against flying during heavy downpour.
He issued the warning during a chat with Pilot Aviation in Ilorin, Kwara State recently.
While noting that  rainy season is approaching its peak, he advised pilots to view the Instrumental Landing System for visibility during flight operations.
He said: “Pilots are expected to be cautious and uphold Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) while conducting flights during the rainy season.
“The weather changes anytime and it affects flight operations, therefore pilots plying airports should abide by NIMET guidelines.
He added, “Our basic responsibility is to guide and send signals to the pilots and airliners as regards the weather conditions.”
According to him, pilots should note that air-to-ground visibility may be considerably reduced.
“In addition, aerodrome visibility may fall below the prescribed minima and in severe conditions;  the markers and airfield lightings over wide areas. This makes visual navigation extremely difficult or impossible.
“However, where visibility falls below the prescribed weather minima, flight operations are expected to be delayed, diverted or outrightly cancelled.
“Therefore to reiterate this, all pilots are expected to exercise maximum restraint especially when severe weather condition is observed or forecasted by NIMET.
“Pilots should obtain adequate departure, en route and destination weather information and briefing from NIMET prior to flight operations at all the airports.
“The Flight Crews/ Operators and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) should ensure adherence to aerodrome operating minima.
“Operators are therefore advised to ensure necessary measures are put in place to cushion the effects of flight delays or cancellations on their passengers in accordance with Nig. CARs, Part 19.
“All passengers are therefore required be patient, understanding and exhibit exemplary conduct during flight delays and cancellations as safety is paramount in flight operations,” he further said.

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