NCAA Bans Unauthorised Use Of Drones

Drones, NCAAThe Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has banned the launching of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (known as drones), in the Nigerian airspace without its permit and that of the office of National Security Adviser.

In a statement issued by the agency’s spokesman, Mr Sam Adurogboye, NCAA said that the move is part of the safety guidelines issued by the regulatory agency to drone operators following the proliferation of the technology in the country.

According to the agency, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is yet to publish standards and recommended practices, as far as certification and operation of civil use of drones is concerned.

In the meantime, the NCAA has put in place regulations and advisory circular to guide the certification and operations of civil RPA in the Nigerian airspace.

Committee Recommends Launch Of National Aviation Security Programme

Aviation Security-AviationThe Ministerial Committee on Aviation Security has recommended the establishment of a National Civil Aviation Security Board to coordinate all security rules and regulations of the aviation industry in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Committee, Air Commodore Hambali Tukur, made the observation on Friday.

He said the recommendation was to meet up with the International Civil Aviation Organisation standard.

This was part of recommendations made by the committee in its report on the assessment of security at the Nigerian airports, which was submitted to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

Senator Sirika also received a report on the review and amendment of the Civil Aviation Acts 2016 from the Chairman of the Aviation Act Review Committee, Ibrahim Idris.

He vowed that the report would be speedily considered and that the recommendations would be implemented as soon as possible towards a rapid reform of the aviation sector.

The minister expressed concern over the obsolete state of aviation acts which were hastily reviewed for the first time in 2006, after the initial enactment in 1964.

In his response, Mr Idris expressed optimism that their findings and recommendations were exhaustive, saying they would cause visible changes in the aviation industry if well implemented.

The committees were constituted in February for the review and amendment of the Civil Aviation Acts 2016 and the assessment of security at Nigerian airports.

We Need To Re-establish Nigeria’s Integrity – Buhari

Nigeria's President, Buhari and Bernard AliyuPresident Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the urgent need to ensure that the potentials of Nigeria are harnessed and used for the good of the country.

Receiving the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr. Bernard O. Aliyu on Monday at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari said: “Nigeria needs to work on her potentials, so that we don’t remain permanently at the level of potentials.

“A Lot Of Indiscipline”

“If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline industry, we have greater potentials here. But we must move out, engage with the rest of the world, as we need to re-establish the integrity of this country. We need to rebuild this country again”.

The President recounted that for the greater part of the last 16 years, oil was sold above $100 per barrel but expressed regret that the nation did not have much to show for it.

“In the First Republic, more enduring infrastructure was built with meagre resources. But in the past 16 years, we made a lot of money without planning for the rainy day.

“We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our economy, and that is why we are where we are today. But this time round, we’ll do our best.”

The Nigerian-born ICAO President commended President Buhari for strides on anti-corruption and urged President Buhari to pay more attention to development of civil aviation.

“Civil aviation is a catalyst for economic development. The level of aviation development in any country mirrors the economic development of that country,” Dr. Aliyu said.

The ICAO President pledged to support the development of the aviation industry in Nigeria, urging the country to improve on training and capacity development, aviation security, aerodromes and air navigation, runways, control towers, terminal buildings among others.

ICAO Authenticates Progress And Development Of Nigeria’s Aviation

Nigeria's aviation sectorThe International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has authenticated the progress and development of aviation in Nigeria.

The authentication was contained in a preliminary audit result released at the closing meeting of the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) conducted on Nigeria.

The presentation was presided over by the leader of a team of the auditors, Mr Jean-Claude Waffo. He was joined by three team members to present their assessment of the aviation industry in Nigeria.

Each member gave an individual assessment of all the delineated areas – Legislation (LEG), Organisation (ORG), Accident and Incident Investigation (AIG), Air Navigational Services (ANS) and Aerodrome and Ground Aids (AGA).

During the presentation, the Team leader and the members articulated all their systemic findings in the course of the 11-day USOAP Audit conducted on Nigeria.

While there were areas that were identified as open items that needed to be closed, the auditors unanimously showed satisfaction with the level of improvement in the aviation industry.

However, the final report will be produced and sent to Canada for review and final assent. This will be done only when comments on the draft report had been received from Nigeria.

According to the Mr Waffo, “draft results will be produced 90 days after today’s presentation.

“Thereafter, Nigeria is expected to produce a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) which will provide room for comments and observations within 45 days.

“The final report is only to be expected and produced after 30 days of receipt and acknowledgement of comments”.

At the end of the presentation the auditors thanked the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar Usman and all the Chief Executives of the aviation parastatals.

Commendations were also extended to the Nigerian team that worked with the auditors during the audit.

Earlier, the NCAA DG in his opening remarks expressed his appreciation and acknowledged the demonstration of unparalleled dedication and the high sense of responsibility with which the auditors acquitted themselves during the audit.

He assured the auditors that all the open items would be closed forthwith. This will be adequately communicated in the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to be forwarded by the Authority as required, he said.

“All the lessons learnt from this exercise will be used to enhance the development, safety and security of aviation not only in Nigeria but the whole of Africa,” Captain Usman emphasised.

The Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma, also assured the auditors that all areas that required improvement would be addressed.

Other Chief Executives present at the meeting were the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau, Dr. Felix Abali, the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Mr Emmanuel Anasi and Directors from all the parastatals.

Aviation: Nigeria Retains CAT-1 Certification

Cat-1Nigeria has retained the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s category one status certification, six months after a re-audit exercise.

With this, Nigerian airlines can continue to operate direct flights into the United States of America.

The CAT-1 audit, also known as the International Aviation Safety Assessment, is a programme established by the FAA with the purpose of ensuring that all aircraft operators registered outside the US that operate to or from the country are properly licensed.

It is also to ensure that they are subject to safety oversight provided by a competent civil aviation authority.

At a press briefing in Lagos, South-West Nigeria, the Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Benedict Adeyileka, said that the regulatory agency was now looking forward to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) audit which is more comprehensive.

FAAN names Dana Airline as best domestic airline in Nigeria

Despite an air crash that claimed the lives of 153 people four months ago, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over the weekend named Dana Air as the best domestic carrier for 2011.

According to FAAN’s Regional General Manager, Mr. Chris Bature, said the airline is yet to commence flights since the crash but was awarded the prize for its good customer relations and prompt payment of dues.

The Federal Government seized Dana Air’s license following the air disaster, but restored the license 93 days after the crash.

Speaking at the occasion, Bature stated that the airline was selected because of its outstanding performance and punctuality while Lufthansa Airlines was also selected as the best international carrier for the same period.

He explained that “mode of selection includes passenger capacity, frequency of the landing and take-off, their response to payment of bills.”

“Among the domestic carriers, they were the best. They had the best volume; they were punctual in their operations” he added.

Reacting to a question on the timing of the award which is coming four months after the June 3 Dana Air crash, Mr Bature explained that the award would have taken place earlier in the year and that the reward came after the operator’s license had been restored.

“In all fairness, they did their best and we need to recognize that and encourage them to get back to their feet,” he added.

Dana’s Station Manager at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja, Mr. Kayode Adeniran, stated that the airline’s commitment to best customer service and timely departure earned its the award.

“We have this policy in our company that we must not delay passengers, we have introduced another type of system. If your flight is delayed by 40 minutes, we give refreshments to all passengers that already had their boarding passes. So people will be impressed by our service” he said.

He however lamented the loss of lives by the crash, stressing that the operator visited and commiserated with the families of the deceased.

To prevent such a recurrence, the station manager revealed that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has embarked on series of investigation to ascertain when the airline would be allowed to commence operations following the lifting of the ban on the airline by the federal government.

He noted that the airline has commenced demonstration flights as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and that the operation would run until NCAA certifies the carrier fit to resume full operations.

The Dana Air crash on June 3, killed the entire 153 passengers and crew members on board and a number of people as the plane crashed into a densely populated area of Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos state. A number of buildings were also destroyed by the crash.