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FAA inspectors re-assess Nigeria’s aviation sector

By Ime Akpan Lagos

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced the visit of the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a mandatory re-assessment of Nigeria’s aviation industry and how the agency has been regulating the airline sub-sector. Spokesman for NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye who disclosed this yesterday at a press conference in Lagos said the team which arrives in Nigeria on August 21, 2017 would be led by Louis Alvarez, operations specialist, L. P. Vanstory, airworthiness specialist, Benjamin Garrido and an attorney, Jeffrey Klang. FAA would take a critical look at NCAA’s compliance with sections of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices (SARPs) as contained in Annexes 1, 6 parts 1 and 8. Annex 1 talks about general policies, procedures and definitions; annex 6 deals with approved maintenance organization (AMO) while annex 8 covers flight operations. Adurogboye also said FAA would assess state civil aviation’s law, regulations and oversight capability in accordance with the eight critical elements as defined in ICAO document 9734 aviation. He said eight critical areas, legislation, regulations, organization, technical staff/quality and training, technical guidance tools, licensing, certification approval, continuous surveillance and resolution of safety concerns.

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