Beware Of Thunderstorm, NCAA Warns Pilots, Airlines
In recognition of the outset of the rainy season with the attendant
thunderstorms, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has called on all Pilots and Airline Operators to exercise extreme caution during flight
According to a statement by its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, the NCAA said the rainy season which is torrential, is prevalent in the Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria. It is usually accompanied by severe thunderstorms which could impact the safety of flight operations.
There are many other hazardous weather occurrences such as severe turbulence, micro-burst or low level wind-shear and occasionally hail events are
bound to affect air navigation.
The Regulatory Authority therefore directs all Pilots to recourse to utmost restraint whenever adverse weather is observed or forecast by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET).
Pilots and Flight Crews shall mandatorily obtain adequate, en route and destination weather information and briefing from NiMET Aerodrome Meteorological offices before flight operations.
In the same vein, Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and Flight Crews/Operators shall
ensure total compliance with all aerodromes operating minima.
It is quite important for all intending air travellers and airline operators to note
that in line with Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) may temporarily close airspace during inclement weather
These are adverse weather conditions such as severe thunderstorms, squall
lines microburst or low level wind-shear as observed or forecast by NiMET.
It will be recalled that a similar weather alert was issued by the Authority in
March at the advent of the rainy season. It was circulated to the entire
industry stating ahead of time what to expect and recommended
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) expects strict adherence to this
directive to ensure the safety of air transportation in Nigeria.