Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nigerian aviation audit result ready September -Federal Aviation Administration

The United States, Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) has disclosed that the result of the mandatory audit of Nigerian aviation industry towards retaining its Category 1 status ,which it carried out between March 31 and April 4, this year would be made known to Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in September.

FAA is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation, which has authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of American civil aviation.

Nigeria first achieved FAA category 1 status in 2010, which allowed Arik Air, the only Nigeria carrier designated for the US routes to fly directly to the United States.

According to the General Manger, Public Affairs,Mr Fan Ndubuoke, this was  disclosed by the FAA team leader, Andre  Lamarre at the NCAA’s conference facility, at the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA),Lagos yesterday.

Nnubuoke said, releasing the outcome in September is to allow the regulatory authority sufficient time to file with the FAA the evidence of training of some of its Safety Inspectors, who had been slated for exercise in Europe between now and August.

Lamarre,who led a three-man team comprising Michael Jennisin and James Plasman said the most important thing to FAA at this juncture was the sustenance of a robust oversight of the industry and strict enforcement of compliance of safety regulation by NCAA.

The team arrived at the NCAA’s, headquarters at MMA,Lagos ostensibly to conclude the final phase of the Category 1 recertification which began in March, this year.

Lamarre said his job here is to verify all corrective actions, the dates, the plans, the completion of trainings.

According to him, “We will thereafter make our recommendations based on the verification of items corrected that we have found here. We will look at what is opened and what is closed and communicate back to Washington on the category”

Welcoming the team, the Acting Director General of NCAA, Engr. Benedict Adeyileka, said the regulatory authority has closed all the findings from the March audit.

He stated that the only area left was the recurrent training and that it can be regarded as a closure since the authority had signed contract for recurrences with various simulators organizations.

Adeyileka said that simulator training has commenced in earnest, adding that NCAA has a spreadsheet of confirmed dates.

Adeyileka  who commended the FAA and its representatives for the meticulous approach during the exercise, praised the NCAA team for their dedication and hard work, adding that he was absolutely confident of a positive outcome in September.

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