Aerodrome Activities and programmes in BAGASOO is coordinated by the TC Aerodromes
The Aerodrome Unit is responsible for the following; assist Member States in developing
their Safety Management System for their Airports and prepare/revise the airport safety
manual; develop a procedure manual for aerodrome certification; review data/information
collected by the Airport Authorities of Member States and assist in the preparation or
updating of the airport manual as required; develop administrative procedures for
surveillance tasks and for reviewing aerodrome certification applications; implement an
annual inspection/surveillance programme of the airport and heliports and participate in
surveillance and certification activities; assist in the organization and conduct of aerodrome
workshops, training sessions, in compliance with the ICAO Aerodrome Certification Manual;
prepare as required, relevant aerodrome regulations, practices and procedures; evaluate
aerodrome certificate applications and perform related inspections; provide on-the-job
training to counterparts; perform any other duties related to his field of specialization for
achieving the Project’s objectives.
There has been a growing number of a number of initiatives and programmes globally in the
area of aerodrome planning, operations, maintenance and safeguarding arising from the
need to address increasing concerns related to airport certification, airport maintenance,
airport land use and environmental impacts, airport capacity constraints, proliferation of
obstructions, runway incursion and airport infrastructural deficit.
A key concern within the BAG region is in the area of Airport operational safety and
certification. BAGASOO is mindful of the current status within the BAG region, with regards
to lack of certification of many of the region’s international airports and the efforts being
made in this regard to address this concern, which is reflected in the Abuja Safety Targets. It
has in this regard also been working with ICAO and member States under the certification
assistance project and will continue to lend support through other initiatives and
programmes to improve the current status. It has also been involved with ACI in activities
carried out under the APEX Safety Review Programme towards in facilitating the certification
process for some airports.
It is recognized that a State ability to certify its airport is dependent upon the availability of an
adequate certification system. The availability of the certification apparatus and attainment of
the certification objective both positively impact on the overall level of effective
implementation (EI) of the critical elements of State safety oversight system in the area of
aerodromes. BAGASOO has established all necessary technical framework to provide
needed support to States and will continually work with its members to ensure the
establishment of sustainable certification systems that will promote attainment of the
certification objective.
Another area of note is airport safeguarding from which has emerged by land use and
environmental control issues. Inadequate regulation of land use activities around airports
have a potential to have significant negative implications on the safety of airport operations.
Proper land use control mechanism and tools are essential to achieve these objectives.
Efforts by BAGASOO in this direction resulted in the convening of a regional workshop and
issuance of a communique by member States enumerating the concerns in the region and
remedial measures to be taken. BAGASOO has been coordinating efforts to ensure that
decisions and recommendations of the communique are implemented to meet the overall
objective of safety enhancement in the region.
On the whole, It will continue to work closely with BAG States in every facet of the
aerodrome field with a view to contributing its quota to reducing the rate of accidents and
incidents in the region and ultimately implementation of BAGASOO strategic plan, Abuja
Safety Target and AFI plan objectives.