The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) acquires equipment to tackle bird strikes across the nations airports.
The equipment will improve on safety of flight operations at the nation’s airports.
The equipment also includes recommended storage facility and Toyota Hilux patrol vehicle.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has acquired birds/wildlife equipments in a bid to improve on safety of flight operations by effectively managing birds/wildlife hazards at the nation’s airports.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu made this known during the inauguration of the equipment on Monday in Lagos.
Yadudu, represented by the Director of Commercial and Business Development, Sadiku Rafindadi, said that the equipment was procured on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Rafindadi listed equipment acquired to include bird scaring gas canons, 15,000 rounds of 12G (heavy calibre bird scaring pyrotechnics) and hi-tech bird laser.
Others include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff dealing with wildlife, Purpose built TYPE IV explosive storage magazine, and brand new Toyota Hilux for runway wildlife patrol.
He said the equipment, when deployed, would usher in an era of safe flight operations, as incidents relating to bird strikes, which have increased of late, would be mitigated.
In his remarks, the FAAN Director of Airport Operations, Capt. Muktar Muye, expressed delight at the arrival of the equipment.
Muye noted that what was being commissioned was not just the equipment but a complete package that included the recommended storage facility, patrol vehicle and trained personnel in line with ICAO’s standards and recommended practices.