Turkish Airlines Promises To Upgrade Aircraft Amid Suspension From Nigeria

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Turkish Airlines has made a pledge to commence the immediate freight of all leftover passengers’ baggage in Turkey to Nigeria.

The freighting which commenced on Friday last week is expected to continue until Tuesday, December 17.

This was confirmed by the General Manager of Public Relations at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Sam Adurogboye, in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that Turkish Airlines made the pledge following a meeting between its management and the acting Director-General of NCAA, Captain Abdullahi Sidi.

“At the end of the meeting, the Airline’s executives pledged to commence immediately freight of all leftover passengers’ baggage in Turkey to Nigeria,” Adurogboye said.

He added, “According to them, this will be achieved by instantly upgrading the Boeing 737 – 800 being used and found inadequate to a larger Airbus A 330 and Boeing 737 – 900.

“The programme of clearance will be carried out from 13th to 17th December 2019.”

According to the NCAA’s spokesman, the aviation regulatory body expects strict compliance to the remedial programme.

NCAA also warned all operators to ensure Nigerians were not taken for granted by providing safe, secure and efficient service at all time.

Turkish Airlines is known for bringing Nigerian travellers into the country without their checked-in luggage.

Disturbed by the rate of reported cases, the NCAA in a letter dated December 11, 2019, suspended Turkish Airlines operations into Nigeria with effect from December 16, if the right size of aircraft was not deployed to the service of Nigerians at all airports in the country.

Turkish Airlines Escapes Suspension Of Licence By NCAA

 

Turkish Airlines will not have their operating licence suspended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as earlier speculated, but they have been warned to improve on their services.

The Acting Director-General of the NCAA, Abdullahi Sidi who confirmed this to Channels Television said the aviation authority is meeting with the airline’s management to push them to do the right thing.

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The NCAA had earlier issued the airline a warning over its use of small aircraft in Nigeria as well as not bringing passengers into Nigeria with their checked-in luggage.

According to Sidi, suspending the airline’s license will cause a lot of hardship for many Nigerians who have booked flights on the carrier.

Nigerian travelers had complained about the airline’s poor services, leading the NCAA to issue Turkish airlines a suspension threat.

Turkish Airlines To Know Fate Over Suspension Of Operating Licence By NCAA

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Turkish Airlines will know their fate regarding the suspension of their operating license by the Federal Government.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had earlier issued the airline a warning over its use of small aircraft, as well as not bringing passengers into Nigeria with their checked-in luggage.

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According to a letter by the Acting Director-General, NCAA, Abdullahi Sidi, the incident has been going on for two weeks and become so bad that most recent Turkish Airlines’ flights arrived in Nigeria without more than 85 percent of passengers’ baggage on board.”

Channels Television gathered that the NCAA is to meet later today to take a decision on the airline’s operating license after it came into the country this morning with a bigger aircraft.

Ebola Disease: NCAA Asks Airlines To Be Vigilant

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 The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed all operators, especially airlines operating regional and international flights into the country, to exercise a high level of vigilance.

This follows the increase of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in line with International Health Regulations (IHR).

The directive was contained in a letter signed by the NCAA Director General and has since been sent to all airline operators.

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In the letter, NCAA has directed that airlines’ Pilots in Command (PIC) of aircraft are to report to Air Traffic Control (ATC) any suspected case of communicable disease on board their flight in line with Nig.CARs 18.8.22.4.

In case of a suspected case of communicable disease on board an aircraft, aircrew are required to fill the General Declaration (Gen Dec) and Public Health Passenger Locator forms in line with Nig.CARs 18.8.17.4 and 18.8.22.5 respectively.

Thereafter, completed forms are to be submitted to the Port Health Services (PHS) of the destination aerodrome.

In addition, airlines are to ensure they have on board valid and appropriate number of First Aid kits, Universal Precaution Kits (UPKs) and Emergency Medical kits in line with Nig.CARS 7.9.1.11 and 7.9.1.12.

Airlines are to refresh the knowledge of their Crew members (flight deck and cabin crew) for improved and sustained proficiency in handling and communication with ATC of any suspected case of communicable disease on board.

In case of death to a patient, operating airlines should endeavour to contact Port Health Services for clearance before importing human remains into the country.
Airlines are to report to NCAA in writing any suspected case of communicable disease on board any flight.

Similarly, the Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) shall immediately communicate to Port Health Services (PHS) any report of a suspected case of communicable disease on board aircraft in line with Nig. CARs 18.8.22.4.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) expects strict compliance and will collaborate with all relevant agencies to prevent the incursion of Ebola or any communicable disease into the country.

Beware Of Thunderstorm, NCAA Warns Pilots, Airlines

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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
operations.

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
conditions.

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
precautionary measures.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) expects strict adherence to this
directive to ensure the safety of air transportation in Nigeria.

Air Safety: NCCA Begins Demolition Of 8,805 Masts

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that it will commence the demolition of telecommunication masts of Globacom Nigeria Limited in different locations within Nigeria immediately.

This demolition exercise will similarly affect some banks and financial institutions who have discountenanced the Authority’s regulatory requirements on the clearance to erect any high structure within the navigable airspace in Nigeria.

In a statement by its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, the regulatory authority said it is left with no choice as the 30-day ultimatum given to the telecommunication service providers has expired.

Sam Adurogboye said prior to the expiration of the ultimatum, letters of reminder were written to all affected organisations to obtain Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) for their masts.

It will be recalled that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had earlier warned all Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) providers and telecom operators against violation of safety regulations. A 30-day ultimatum was therefore handed down for compliance.

This is derived from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NigCARS) Part 12.1.7.1.3.1 which stipulates that No person or organisation shall put up a structure (permanent or temporary) within the navigable airspace of Nigeria unless such a person or organisation is a holder of Aviation Height Clearance Certificate granted under this regulation.

In line with this, the regulatory authority required an Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) approval for every tower installation in the country irrespective of the height and location.

“It should, therefore, be noted that under the Civil Aviation Act. 2006, section 30(3) (1), the NCAA is empowered to prohibit and regulate the installation of any structure which by virtue of its height or position is considered to endanger the safety of air navigation.

“While some of the providers and operators have since commenced regularisation of their masts, others have failed to do same.

“The telecommunication operators who have not regularised their masts are as follows :- Globacom Nigeria 7,012 masts, United Bank of Africa 439 masts, Guaranty Trust Bank 295 masts, Unity Bank 217 masts and Sterling Bank 159 masts.

“Others are Union Bank 92 masts, First City Monument Bank 205 masts, Fidelity Bank 83 masts and Access Bank 303 masts.

“Therefore, a total of 8,805 masts belonging to the aforementioned organisations will be decommissioned forthwith,” the NCAA Spokesman said.

He stated that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wishes to reiterate that it will continue to apply requisite sanctions for violation of extant regulations. Especially, where the resolve of the Authority is tested.

NCAA Revokes Pilot’s Licence

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has revoked the licence of an airline pilot for serious violation of the Nigeria civil aviation regulations.

According to a statement by the NCAA’s spokesperson, Sam Adurogboye, the penalty is a consequence of the pilot operating flights after the expiration of his medical certificate.

Although the statement did not mention the name of the pilot, it says its investigations revealed that instead of the pilot re-validating his medical certificate, he conducted flight operations as the pilot-in-command.

This violates a section of the Nigeria civil aviation regulations, which stipulates that, “a flight crew member or air traffic controller shall not exercise the privileges of his/her licence unless he/she holds a current medical certificate appropriate to the licence”.

The pilot has been directed to return the invalidated airline transport pilots
licence to the appropriate authority within seven days of receipt of the sanction letter.

The NCAA insists that violations of the Nigeria civil aviation regulations are taken very seriously and the body will continue to monitor strict compliance with its rules.

Aviation Unions Shut NCAA Over Poor Implementation Of Health Insurance Scheme

 

Aviation unions have shut the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over poor implementation of Health Insurance Scheme and a negotiated staff organogram.

The unions say the conditions of service, as well as the Health Insurance Scheme for staff, have been badly implemented.

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The action follows a one-week ultimatum given by the unions last week.

They also claim that the organogram makes no room for those who have spent over 25 years to move to positions of Assistant General Managers and Deputy General Managers.

Channels Television gathered that the senior officials of the unions are currently in a closed-door meeting while the protest is ongoing.

Stop Patronising Unregistered Agencies, NCAA Tells Travellers

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has asked all intending travellers to stop patronising unregistered travel agencies.

The advise comes after several reports of fraudulent ticketing practices by unregistered travel agencies.

In a statement by the General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, said, “The Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015, Part 18.9.1 (111), prohibits the undertaking of the business of travel agency by any person in Nigeria, without a Certificate of Registration or Licence issued by the Authority, upon fulfilment of certain requirements, including, that an applicant submits evidence of membership of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agents (NANTA).

“In addition, Section 30 (4) of the Civil Aviation Act 2006, empowers the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to regulate, supervise and monitor the activities of travel agents in Nigeria”.

The agency also directed all duly registered travel agencies to display their certificates of registration or licences in all their outlets.

There are 150 travel agencies on the register of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

There are guidelines for registration with the agency which includes, “The applicant must fulfil both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and NCAA requirements to be registered.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) therefore reiterates that prospective passengers should do business only with travel agencies registered with the Regulatory Authority”, the statement added.

NCAA, LASG Partner To Reduce Risk On Unauthorised High Rise Buildings

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Lagos State Government (LASG) are partnering to reduce the danger posed by unauthorised high rise structures.

It is expected that the two parastatals of the Lagos State Government will deploy their capacities in clearing all obstructions/obstacles along flight paths within the state and the resources will be used to spot where other landing facilities are located in Lagos.

In a statement by General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, the collaboration was a resolution from a bilateral meeting between the NCAA Director General and the officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development and Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

These landing facilities include Heliport, Helipad, Helideck and Airstrip.

Therefore, in line with its regulatory functions, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed all intending developers or builders of high rise structures within the Aerodrome Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS) should always apply to the Authority for Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) and Permit.

It was similarly agreed that NCAA will provide the Lagos State agencies with a Flight Path Map to guide them in planning, development and granting of approvals for new structures in the state.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it is ready to enter into a partnership that will guarantee the safety and security of flight operations.

The Director-General was represented at the meetings by the Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS), Engr. Mohammed Odunowo.

Another meeting has been slated to review the operations.

NCAA Suspends First Nation Airways Indefinitely

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of First Nation Airways indefinitely.

The suspension according to a statement signed by NCAA General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, is sequel to the flagrant and continuous violation of the terms and conditions of issuance of it AOC by the Airline thereby carrying out unauthorised and illegal operations.

Adurogboye in the statement added that the suspension was conveyed to the Airline via a letter on Friday, May 11, 2018 and First Nation Airways acknowledged receipt.

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“The letter revealed that when the AOC of First Nation Airways expired, the airline did not have at least two airworthy aircraft capable of servicing its  approved schedule as required by Part 9.1.1.6(b)(2) (ii) of Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation (Nig.CARS) 2015.

“Consequently, the Airline’s Air Operators Certificate (AOC) was, upon renewal, restricted to non-scheduled operation, (Charter) only.

“However, First Nation Airways embarked on scheduled operations with continuous advertisement of its services and sold tickets at its Check-in counters in Lagos and Abuja Airports,” the statement read in part.

NCAA said it had earlier notified the Airline that it was investigating these violations. Subsequently, by a letter dated 31st August 2017, the Airline was directed to stop the illegal operations forthwith, warning that failure to desist would lead to a suspension of its operating authorisation.

“It was discovered that the Airline had disregarded all warnings and continued with the unauthorised and illegal operations in violation of its AOC terms and conditions of issuance.

“This is contrary to the provisions of Part 9.1.1.4(d) of the Nig.CARS 2015 which provides that “Each AOC holder shall at all times, continue in compliance with the AOC terms and conditions of issuance, and maintenance requirements in order to hold that certificate.”

The Authority has therefore revealed that First Nation Airways is no longer fit to operate air transport business under the authority of the AOC. With effect from the May 11, 2018, the Airline’s AOC was suspended indefinitely.

In addition, the operators of the Airline are expected to return the AOC to the Authority’s Director of Operations and Training within seven (7) days of receiving the letter.

First Nation Airways is one of the eight indigenous airlines in Nigeria.

Abuja Airport Gets NCAA Certification‎

The‎ Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given the certificate of aerodrome certification to Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

NCAA on Friday, November 10 presented the certificate to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Presenting the certificate to the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma,  at the airport, the Director-General, NCAA, Mukhtar Usman says the certification was required by Annex 14 of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Dunoma in response commended NCAA aerodrome certification team for their commitment towards the project, adding that FAAN was committed to ensuring that all international airports in Nigeria are certified as soon as possible.