By Anthony Awunor
THE Akwa Ibom International Airport has launched an anti-bird and wild life system inorder to check the increasing menace of bird strike and other wild life hazards in the airspace.
According to a statement signed by the head of Public Affairs of the Ibom Airport Development Company, Mr. Mmek-Abasi Akpabio, the technology known as Cordless Land Air Wild Life System (CLAWS) was inaugurated on December 9, 2011 by the Airport Implementation committee(AIC) at the commencement of the year 2011 airlift of Christian Pilgrims direct to Tel-Aviv in Israel.
The device is said to be capable of reducing bird- strike and other wildlife hazards incidents by at least 80 per cent.
Mr. Ankit Chudgar, the representative of Avian Systems Corporation of Kentucky, United States of America, said the CLAWS technology has so far ‘only been installed in Akwa Ibom International Airport in the whole of Africa’.
Formally receiving the installer equipment in the airport, the Chairman of AIC, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, (rtd) said the Akwa Ibom Airport pioneered the technology on the continent because ‘the issue of bird- strike and wild life hazard has almost become a nightmare in the global aviation industry’.
He pledged the commitment of the airport management to always remain at the forefront in the promotion of safety and global best practices.
Nkanga used the opportunity to thank the state government for its commitment to the development of the airport to its present enviable standard.
Meanwhile, the first batch of three hundred Christian Pilgrims has departed the airport direct to Jerusalem in an Atlas jet 300Air bus.
A total of one Thousand Five Hundred Pilgrims from Akwa Ibom and Cross River States will be going to the holy land through the airport.