Lagos, Nigeria LOS/DNMM

Lagos, Nigeria
LOS/DNMM

OVERVIEWLOS

ICAO in Flight Proc over AFRICA.
Most FIR need to be contacted 10 ” before.
CK Notams for CPLC procedures in route.
Consider extra fuel. For Arrival, expect delays on APP.
CALL 10″ before entering Khartoum on 11300 HF.
CALL DJEMENA Chad on VHF 120.5, or HF 18873 or 8903 and log on FTTT ,….THEN CALL 10″ before entering KANO on 128.5, 127.3 ,124.1 or HF 8903.

Inbound clearance must be received prior to crossing the Lagos UTA boundary from Lagos Approach. Note that difficulties are often encountered in establishing contact until within 100nm of the airfield. If no contact try for relay through other aircraft, Lagos Info on VHF, or HF. In the event that contact is not possible by any means prior to crossing the Lagos UTA boundary, it should be made clear on first contact that repeated attempts have been made.

ARRIVAL

Radio Aids are often subject to unserviceability at short notice and, at times, without the knowledge of ATC. Power cuts have blacked out the entire airfield including ATC. Although Radar is shown as available it is normally unserviceable. Airfield lighting is unreliable.

EXTREME CAUTION MUST BE EXERCISED TO ENSURE THAT THE CORRECT DME (VOR or ILS) IS USED FOR ANY PROCEDURE RELYING ON DME DISTANCES TO LET DOWN TO DECISION ALTITUDE/MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE.

Runway in use for wide-bodied aircraft is normally 18R/36L although late clearance to use 18L/36R is possible. Prevailing winds usually favour the southerly runway. Confusion over landing clearance has occurred; change to tower frequency in good time calling airfield/runway in sight as soon as practicable. Surface wind and visibility reports may be inacurate particularly in adverse weather conditions.

APPROACH

Normally delays for APP, ATC will issue an ETA, they will send to LAG VOR for holding, and after the hold proceed ILS 18R. DURING APP MONITOR DIST ALT GS AND LOC ARE INTERMITTENT

NO STARS: Call lagos 10.’ Before entering FIR, request inbound clearance.

TAXI IN take first left and proceed via taxi way E turn right to gate.
E61 to E 63, then follow marshall instr (sometimes you have to stop before the gate and then they will tow to final parking position.)
SET BRAKES ESTABLISH COMMUNICATION WITH GND CREW…MAKE PA  Advise this is the normal proc for parking in LAGOS  ask Pax to remain seated.

RUNWAY AND AIRPORT FACILITIES

Degraded braking action may be expected when the runway is wet.
Exercise caution during taxy due to uncontrolled vehicular and pedestrian movements.

TAKE-OFF AND DEPARTURE

Requests for start-up clearance should be made 15 minutes before ETD giving expected start time.
For aircraft routing between Lagos and Accra it is usual to establish radio contact with Accra before being released by Lagos and vice versa.

CALL GROUND CNTL and inform:
* Callsign, requested FL, Destination, ATIS INFO, AC TYPE, Parking stand, Total PAX, and ENDURANCE.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

During the HARMATTAN season (Dec to Jan) whenever the forecast visibility is low, consider an additional one hour’s holding fuel.
It is important to maintain communication with other traffic in the area on 126.9 as long as possible.

WEATHER

It is difficult to obtain Lagos weather until in VHF contact (approx 150nm out), however on occasions it may be possible on HF. Weathers for Lome, Cotonou, Accra, Niamey and Abidjan are usually available from NIAMEY. It is rarely possible to obtain Kano weather until either in VHF contact (approx 110nm out) or on occasion on HF. Rarely does Lagos have the Kano weather and vice versa.

Although instability rain may occur during any month of the year the rainy season is from May to July when the ICTZ is moving north.. Rainfall is of the monsoon type during this period. A second maximum occurs in October when the ICTZ moves south. The worst period of LINE SQUALLS (from the east) is prior to the MONSOON, ie during March to May, when about five squalls per month can be expected.

In Dec/Jan thick dust haze can occur when the HARMATTAN may reach the coast. Low cloud is frequent in the early morning with fog an almost daily occurrence in Dec and Jan forming an hour or two before dawn but invariably burning off by 0900Z

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