The global flight navigation systems market covering airports and advisory air traffic services to aircraft is projected to grow from $18.38 billion to $29.15 billion in the next six years.
The projected 6.8 percent growth, global regulatory data indicated, is hinged on an increase in the number of aircraft in flight across the globe, causing a rise in demand for air navigation systems to drive efficient management.
Nigeria, experts said, is among the flight navigation market by regional category for Middle East/Africa.
Others are Egypt and South Africa.
Experts said an increase in the number of air carriers and the rising use of aircraft for the transportation of cargo and people has resulted in a rise in demand for a system that provides accurate information about the height, angle, environmental factors, and path for commencement of safe air travel.
The rising demand for an electronic system that gives flawless information about air traffic has propelled the demand for Flight Navigation Systems.
However, the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has raised the alarm over the state of surveillance and communication equipment in the airspace.
The body has, however, called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in these air navigation ecosystems.
NATCA President, Abayomi Agoro, in an interview, also expressed concerns about the future of the industry as a result of the new and emerging technologies in the sector.
He insisted that the controllers required training to match up with the technologies in the sector, warning that the world would not wait for Nigeria to do a catch-up.
He said: “The evolution of these technologies will not allow us to play catch-ups. So, we need to act now with determined focus.”
Besides, Agoro lamented the dearth of requisite technical manpower and inadequate human capital development in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), maintaining that the type of manpower recruited into the agency is at variance with the real need of the agency as an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP).
NATCA challenged the management of NAMA to evaluate the staff strength of the agency in line with its core mandate as well as the standard template accepted by the Civil Air Navigation Service Organisation (CANSO).
Experts observed that pilots still fly blind in some spots between Lagos and Abuja, despite the huge investment in the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON).
They said some airports should have been shut by the government due to their deplorable conditions.
Studies reveal that the rising demand for an electronic system that gives flawless information about air traffic has propelled the demand for Flight Navigation Systems.
An increase in the demand for technologically advanced aircraft by these budget-friendly air carrier services has resulted in a growth in demand for Flight Navigation Systems.
Studies reveal that a 3.5 percent increase has been observed in the number of air carrier services present in underdeveloped and developed countries for automation to provide a better and safer air travel experience to its customers. The rising demand for the automation of avionics by the civil aviation industry has resulted in a rise in demand for Flight Control Systems.
The rising demand for system-generated real-time data by aircraft crew and growing concerns related to safe air travel acts as the major driving factor for the growth of the Global Flight Navigation System Market.
The rising demand for a system that controls the takeoff and landing of an aircraft with serious malfunctions and the growth in demand for safe air travel by people around the world has resulted in a 3.1 increase in demand for Flight Control Systems.
Source: The Nation