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.