Bird Strikes: FAAN acquires anti-wildlife Equipment for Airports in Nigeria

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FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) has recently commissioned equipment including bird scaring gas canons, 15,000 rounds of 12G (heavy-calibre bird-scaring pyrotechnics), Hi-tech bird laser among others in a bid to improve on the safety of flight operations by effectively managing birds/wildlife hazards at the nation’s airports to manage birds/wildlife hazards at airports and to improve the safety of flight operations.

At an event held at FAAN’s headquarters annexe in Lagos, the Managing Director of the Authority, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, who was represented by the Director of Commercial and Business Development, Alhaji Sadiku Rafindadi noted that the equipment is some of the best you can get around, as the Authority procured them on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The MD believes that the deployment of this equipment will usher in an era of safe flight operations, as incidents involving birds will be a thing of the past.

Captain Muktar Muye, the Authority’s Director of Airport Operations, expressed his delight at the arrival of the equipment. According to him, what was being commissioned was not just equipment, but also a complete package that includes a recommended storage facility, patrol vehicle and trained personnel in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization standards and recommendations.

Some of the hi-tech equipment commissioned include 3 different models of bird scaring gas canons, Day boxes for carrying pyrotechnics during Operations for safety, 15,000 rounds of 12G (heavy calibre 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, amongst others.

At the end of the event, MD/CE and Airport Operations Director representatives demonstrated how to use some of the equipment.

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, amongst others.

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