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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 transport 39 NAMA commences appraisal of AIS officers Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi T hE Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has commenced the appraisal of all Aeronautical Information Services officers in all airports across the country. According to the agency, the exercise to test the AIS officers in areas such as aeronautical charts, AIS publication and operations started from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and will proceed to other airports in the country in the coming weeks. The NAMA’s Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, said that considering the pivotal role of aeronautical information in safety of air navigation, and in the light of ongoing migration to the AIS automation, due consideration must be given to the integrity of data being disseminated to airspace users, hence the appraisal. “NAMA places premium on building capacity of its members of staff and sustained training and retraining of personnel is being carried out by the agency to ensure they possess the competencies required to perform critical functions that impact on safety. It is also for them to keep pace with modern trends in a highly dynamic world of aviation,” he said. The General Manager, AIS, NAMA, Mr. Kabir Gusau, also stated that the competency check, which would be periodic, was in line with Annex 15 of International Standards and Recommended Practices of International Civil Aviation Organisation. “It is necessary to ensure that personnel demonstrate the required competencies to handle specific critical operations. Constant assessment would enable the agency to detect and correct shortfalls as they occur,” he Dana gets IATA membership Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi D OMESTIC carrier, Dana Air has been announced as the newest member of the International Air Transport Association. The airline said the IATA membership was coming two years after it passed its International Operations Safety Audit and was admitted into the association’s global safety registry. Emirates partners TripAdvisor to subsidise US fares Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi E MIRATES Airline says it is partnering TripAdvisor to offer Nigerians the opportunity to explore all its 11 destinations in the United States with special fares on economy and business class tickets. “Whether you want to enjoy the relaxed feel of the West Coast, or taste the amazing and afforda