FAAN HAS IMPROVED MEASURES AGAINST AIRPORT ENCROACHMENT – NCAA

Namo, Florence

Ag Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA), Captain Abdullahi Sidi stated that security in Abuja and Lagos airports have been upgraded to intercept any major security issues.

With the measures that have been put in place, reported cases of encroachments on the air-side and alleged aircraft intrusions in Nigeria has been reduced drastically to ensure Nigeria continues to maintain a high rating in terms of security.

He explained that Abuja and Lagos Airports have scored over 90% in international audits on a consistent basis. He also reiterated that the government have been focusing on security and safety of Nigeria’s airports.

In captain Sid’s words “…if you remember, not long ago, Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, collected certificate from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Canada for achieving very high security standards at our airports.”

He also stated that the Transport Security Authority (TSA) of America comes to audit the Lagos airport almost every three months because the its aircraft flies in passengers into Nigeria. The country has been doing well so far.

AMCON: Arik Air Will Be Part of National Carrier, Aero to be Sold

AMCON

The plans to use Arik as part of the asset for Nigeria’s national carrier has been announced by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

It will be recalled that AMCON took over Arik Air two years ago. Before the takeover, Arik Air was indebted to the tune of over N300 billion. The takeover was initiated due to the airline’s failure to pay its debts to government agencies, aviation fuel suppliers, aircraft maintenance organisations, food vendors and insurance firms.

In order to enhance payment of the owed debts, AMCON injected the sum of N 1.7 trillion after the takeover. The intervention was to revive the airline, save jobs and protect investors and stakeholders which was confirmed by the Managing Director of Arik Air, Captain Roy Illegbodu as successful.  

The plans to include Arik Air as asset for the national carrier was disclosed by the Mr. Ahmed Kuru, the Managing Director of AMCON. In his words “We want Arik to be taken as part of the assets for the national carrier, because that is the most sensible thing to do now, which is our plan.”

Sources disclose that plans to include Arik Air as part of the national carrier could be because the airline has huge hangar space, considerable fleet, administrative blocks and good personnel.

It will be recalled that Arik Air had years ago purchased some of the prime facilities and equipment of the former Nigeria Airways when it was liquidated.

In an interview with journalist earlier in the year, Sen. Hadi Sirika had disclosed that President Buhari approved the sum of N47.43 billion for the hitherto suspended Nigerian national carrier project in the 2019 budget that was passed by the National Assembly.

It will also be recalled that Aero Contractors was also acquired by AMCON in 2016. Speaking on the update, Mr. Ahmed Kuru said

“So for Aero Contractors, AMCON will be finding independent investors for that because they do not have enough aircrafts, so it is just the business we are selling.”

He said that the corporation has started discussions with investors with the aim of divesting their investments from Aero Contractor.

Update on Air Peace Emergency Landing… Lagos International Airport Activities Disrupted

Air Peace Emergency Landing

Activities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) which happens to be Nigeria’s busiest airport has been disrupted. This was due to the emergency landing made by Air Peace Aircraft Boeing 737-300 with registration number 5N-BQO earlier today, 23rd July, 2019 at about 11:28 AM. On board the aircraft were 133 passengers, 6 crew reporting minor injury but no fatality.

Air Peace Emergency Landing

The incident has been confirmed by Air Peace. The airline reported that the Captain Sinmisola Ajibola noticed sudden changes in weather when approaching Lagos. She demanded to land on international airport runway. The international Airport 18R which the aircraft landed is longer and wider than the domestic runway.

The airline said “After landing safely and rolling to the runway exit, the nose gear developed a problem and partially collapsed. The crew notified the airport authorities who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers”

The Airline further said, “We will continue to operate in line with international practices and in accordance with regulatory guidelines”.

Accident and investigation Bureau has commenced investigation into the cause of the incident. According to AIB, “From the information provided, the aircraft nose wheel collapsed on landing on the runway 18R and the nose wheel gear tire sheared off.”

The aircraft has lost its nose wheel.

Describing the incident, some passengers said that some of the ceiling panels fell, there was chaos amongst passengers as they were afraid.

 A passenger who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the plane began to nose dive, but courtesy of the expertise of the pilot, it picked up again and suddenly dropped from the sky to the ground. The ceiling panels of the aircraft dropped and there was chaos in the cabin. The pilot intimated passengers that she cannot estimate the damage because the plane had lost its both tires and she had signalled for evacuation but emergency response did not come until fifty-two (52) minutes after they landed.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has also confirmed the incident. The aircraft has been removed from the runway.

Unidentified Intruder Enters the Runway and Climbs Azman Air Aircraft

There was commotion as an intruder in this video taken by passengers (click to open video), entered the runway at Murtala Muhammed Airport this morning, 19th July, 2019.

There was chaos among the passengers onboard Azman Air. An unidentified man ran into the runway and climbed the aircraft; he climbed the wing, then the intake of the engine, came down and was walking and talking all alone around the aircraft.

The aircraft with registration number 5N-HAI which was to depart to Port Harcourt, was awaiting clearance for takeoff from the Air Traffic Controllers.

The pilot however reported the situation and Avsec officials responded by apprehending the man.

The Aircraft was taxied back to the apron for thorough check before its departure to Port Harcourt.

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said in a press release it is investigating the incident.

Air Zimbabwe: Three (3) Airplanes Missing

Air Zimbabwe

Three (3) airplanes (MA60) have been reported missing from Zimbabwe. The airplanes belong to Air Zimbabwe the national carrier of Zimbabwe and was reported unaccounted for.

Sources have it that the airplanes were acquired by the national carrier between 2005 and 2006 for about $12.5 million each.

The Auditor General, Ms. Mildred Chari said on the Sunday News (30th June, 2019) that there is no paper trail or explanation to establish what happened to the three airplanes. Ms. Chari has failed to ascertain the whereabouts of the airplanes.

According to Ms. Chari, “The breakdown in internal controls continued in the current year and accordingly I was unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence that the financial statements are not materially misstated.”  She also stated that there was no appropriate audit and inventory in the airline between 2009 to 2013.

LIST OF AVIATION SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA

Looking for where to start or even take your career to the next level in the aviation industry, here is a list of some aviation institutions in Nigeria that you can consider.

  1. NIGERIAN COLLEGE OF AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Nigerian College of Aviation Technology.
Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria .

Email: info@ncat.gov.ng, academics@ncat.gov.ng
Tel:+2347018741431
+2347015099833 (Academic Affairs)
+2347015099843 (Information Unit)
Please call between 10:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri) only.

2. LEADSTREAM AVIATION TRAINING

Skypower Catering Complex, Opp. NAF Base, Murtala Mohammed International/Local Airport Link Road, Ikeja, Lagos.

Email: info@leadstream.ng Tel: +234 (0) 909 762 9032

3. LANDOVER AVIATION BUSINESS SCHOOL

17, Simbiat Abiola Way, Ikeja Lagos

Email: admin@landover.aero Tel: +234 (1) 460 7450

4. AIRFORCE INSTITUE OF TECHNOLOGY

Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna State

Tel: +234 (0) 907 441 1999, +234 (0) 815 555 9571 Email: info@afit.edu.ng

5. JAVI AVIATION SUPPORT SERVICES

2nd Floor, EAN Hangar Jet Centre, FAAN Transit Camp Road, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria.

Email: info@javiaviation.com Tel: +234 (0)1-291-9553, +234 (0)702-603-7641, +234 (0)815-102-4051

6. AFROWINGS ACADEMY ASABA

15, Oshiegbuonye Street, off DBS Estate, by 3rd street, behind DBS television, Asaba, Asaba, Delta, Nigeria.

Tel: 09033860344, 08115730441, 09033860344, 08115730441

7. AEROKEYS NIGERIA LIMITED

1b, Ilorin Street, Area 8, Garki, Abuja FCT

Tel: +234 816-1116811, +234-0803-8830001 Email: info@aerokeys.com.ng

8. UNIVERSAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION

93, Isolo-Egbe Road, Ori-Oke Bus/Stop, Ejigbo, Lagos, Nigeria.

Tel: +23480-5584-9779, 07063002833 Email: Info@universalschoolofaviation.com

9. UPPERDECK AIR SUPPORT SERVICES

2nd floor, Pacific Building, 100 Kudirat Abiola Way,, Oregun Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Tel: +234 (0) 907 795 8254 Email: info@upperdeckair.com

10. DONNIER AVIATION, KADUNA

General Aviation Service Centre, Old Kaduna Airport, Kawo, P.O. Box 5662, Kaduna

Email: headoffice@dananig.aero, office@dananig.aero

11. PRIVATE FLYERS, KADUNA

11c Ohikere Road, Malali GRA Kaduna.

Email: privateflyers@yahoo.com

12. CARVERTON

Head Office
1, Prince Kayode Akingbade Close, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria.

Tel: +234 1 270 5656, +234 1 270 5757 Fax: +234 1 461 8745 Email: info@Caverton-offshore.com

13. FALCON AVIATION TRAINING

77 Yaya Abatan Road, Maternity bus stop, Ogba, Ikeja.

 Email: info@falconaviationtraining.com Tel: +234 (1) 293 1176, +234 (0) 803 7128 816

14. AEROCONSULT

29, Adeniyi Jones AvenueIkeja, Lagos Nigeria

Tel: +234-8035036534, +234-8120951018, +234-8054987201, +234-8023131194

15. Eastwing Aviation Training

3/5 Eastwing Aviation Street, Ishinome, Emene, Enugu.

info@eastwingaviation.com, www.eastwingaviation.com

15. Mends Training Institute, Division of Mends Specialist Hospital & Aviation Medical Centre

5 Abba Kyari Close & Plot 3 Kanta Road New Extension, Kaduna.

Website: www.mendshospital.com Email: owolabi1234@gmail.com

Tel: +234 (0) 803 311 2061

Air Peace Flight Skids Off Runway in Port Harcourt Airport, Nigeria, Airport Closed

An air Peace Aircraft with registration number 5N-BRB overshot the runway while landing at Port Harcourt Airport during a rainfall on an afternoon of June 22nd, 2019.

According to sources, the plane had 6 crew members and 87 passengers on board. It is reported that there were no casualties.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mrs. Toyin Olajide confirmed the incident and said ” Our professional crew quickly recovered within seconds of the incident and the aircraft was successfully normalized.”

Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB) said it has been notified of the incident. According to AIB Nigeria, the plane skidded off the runway to the left about 1300m from runway 21 threshold at Port Harcourt International airport.

Due to the incident, the Airport was closed since 3pm 22nd June, 2019. As at the morning of 23rd June, 2019 the airport was still closed and operations crippled. It is hoped that the aircraft will be removed and new NOTAM issued to allow continuous business at the Port Harcourt Airport for Airlines.

Vacancies: NDT Inspectors, NDT Technicians, Boroscope/Videoscope Inspectors, B737 Classic Engineer, HS125 Engineers

  • NDT Inspectors Requirements: Aviation Certified, level II, EN4179 and or NAS410, at least five (5) years experience and current on all four (4) methods of NDT inspections. To apply, send an applications to admin@davaaky.com and attach your CV.
  • NDT Technician Requirements: Level I, 3 years experience, and current in all the four methods of NDT inspection. To apply, send an applications to admin@davaaky.com and attach your CV.
  • Boroscope/Videoscope Inspectors Requirements: Professionally trained in all CFM engines and must be current and versatile. To apply, send an applications to admin@davaaky.com and attach your CV.
  • B737 Classic Engineers Requirements: B737 type rated and current. Send applications to aviationinfo.ng@gmail.com and attach CV.
  • HS125 Engineers Requirements: Type rated and current on HS125. To apply, send applications to aviationinfo.ng@gmail.com and attach your CV.

NCAA issues DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited AMO certification to carry out NDT Inspections

L-R: Engr. Uche Nwiwu (NCAA), Engr. Prajo E. Narayanan (DNL), Engr. Frank Igwe (NCAA), Engr. Stephen O. Ayoola (DNL), Mr Adamu Malik (DNL), Engr. Sabruwa (NCAA), Mr Bankole Pius (DNL)

Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) Certificate on Non Destructive Testing (NDT) to indigenous Company, DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited (DNL) based in Lagos to carry out NDT inspection to ensure aircraft airworthiness and serviceability. The certificate was received on 7th June, 2019.

The company is now approved to inspect and carry out Non Destructive Testing on aircraft and aircraft components with a specifications covering Eddy Current Testing, Magnetic Testing, Dye Penetrant and Ultrasonic Testing inspection on all types of aircrafts and aircraft components.  

DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited   with AMO/5N/DAV is the first NDT AMO holder of its kind in Nigeria. Speaking to the media after the brief AMO certification ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited, Engineer Ayoola Stephen explained that the NDT tests are carried out on aircraft whole or components to detect cracks, corrosion etc on the aircraft or aircraft components.

He also added that the company has trained and competent NDT personnel with certification to EN4179 and/or NAS410 which is internationally recognized. And as a result they can carry out NDT inspections internationally. The NDT tests are not restricted to aviation as they are carried out in Automobile, Sea, Rail, Oil and Gas industry.

“We carry out NDT inspection on aircraft and its components to ascertain its serviceability. Also, not really on only aircraft, we also carry out inspection on automobile, in the sea, marine, ships bridges and the rest but presently, NCAA has given us an AMO on NDT inspection in aviation and this is the first of its kind in this country” said Engr. Stephen Ayoola.

According to him, “DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited is approved to offer NDT inspection services. You don’t need to come to our base for us to carry out inspection, if your aircraft is in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, anywhere your aircraft is or anywhere the equipment or part you want us to work on we will come down there and carry out your job which makes it the first mobile NDT service provider in the country.”

He went on, ” We are filling a gap and it is a good advantage to our clients, our services make it easier for us to reach you and also for you to reach us, it cut costs to airlines because you don’t need to fly the aircraft down. It reduces a lot of cost for clients who would want to employ the services of DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited, plus we are affordable, reliable and efficient.”

On his plans for the future, Engr. Stephen said he envisions a scenario where his company would train no fewer than 500 people in the next five to ten years as professionals in the field of NDT are few and far in between.

“It’s not easy, but we will be the first leading NDT in this country and would train no fewer than 500 staff on NDT to employ a lot of people in the years to come. NDT professionals are no more than 20 well trained in this country and this is sad. I want to see in the next five -ten years time we will be having over 500 or 1000 people, ” he said.

Namo Florence Bitrus

Public Relations Department

DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited

Breaking News: Ibom Air gets AOC, Starts with Promo

Ibom Air

The long awaited Ibom Air finally gets its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) today 6th June, 2019 and is set to begin operations soonest.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) issued the AOC to Ibom Air thereby authorizing the Airline to begin operations.

Operations are set to begin with a special start-up fare of Fifteen Thousand (15,000) Naira (one-way) between Uyo and Abuja.

To get in on the promo, log on to www.ibomair.com

Scheduled Aircraft Maintenance Trainings: B737, Challenger 604/605, LPC


License Preparatory Course (LPC)
School: Nigerian College of Aviation Technology
Date: 10th June, 2019
Location: Skypower Catering Complex, Opp. NAF Base,
Domestic/International Link Road, Murtala Muhammed Airport
Ikeja, Lagos
Tel: +234 (0) 701 509 9833

Boeing 737 NG Difference (Type Rating)
School: Leadstream Aviation Training
Date: 17th June, 2019
Location: Skypower Catering Complex, Opp. NAF Base
Domestic/International Link Road, Murtala Muhammed Airport
Ikeja, Lagos
Tel: +234 (0) 909 762 9032

Challenger 604/605 (Type Rating)
School: Leadstream Aviation Training
Date: August, 2019
Location: Skypower Catering Complex, Opp. NAF Base
Domestic/International Link Road, Murtala Muhammed Airport
Ikeja, Lagos
Tel: +234 (0) 909 762 9032



Air Hostess Rescue Passengers from Terrorist Bullets

Neerja Bhanot

Every individual is born to die but what we do with our lives while alive matters after we are gone to the great beyond.

There are several stories of brave men and women in the Aviation industry who have done great things worthy of emulation even though the world hardly celebrates them.

On the 5th Sept., 1986, four armed terrorist hijacked a Pan Am flight 73 en- route U.S.A. from Mumbai at Karachi airport, Pakistan, the aircraft had 380 passengers and 13 crew members on board amongst whom was Neerja Bhanot, who was the head Purser.

The terrorist were part of the Abu Nidal organisation, their sole aim was to kill every American on board. There were 44 American citizens in the plane.

The terrorist ordered Bhanot to collect and deliver passports of every American citizen on board but rather than deliver them after collecting, she hid them safely where the terrorist couldn’t locate them. They were not able to identify their targets in the aircraft.

After 17 harrowing hours, the terrorists opened fire, setting off explosives; Bhanot however helped many of the passengers to escape while every other crew member ran for safety. Bhanot died while ensuring that each and every passenger is rescued alive. While the operation lasted, two American citizens lost their lives.

For the bravery, Bhanot has been given several posthumous awards.

When next you’re in an aircraft flying, say a word of prayer for Neerja Bhanot and her type who died in the line of duty while keeping others alive. 

Ibom Air Set for Operations

Ibom Air in Lagos

An aircraft belonging to Ibom Air was spotted flying out of Uyo today, 22nd May 2019 on a supposed flight .

The aircraft (CRJ900) was seen landing at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and taking off after a while.  

It will be recalled that Ibom Air was recently inaugurated in February, this year as a commercial airline by the governor of the oil rich Akwa-Ibom state, Gov. Udom Emmanuel.

There is a possibility that today’s flight is a demo flight to fulfill the requirements of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations for obtaining an Air Operator Certificate (AOC). This is a fundamental requirement that every airline must fulfill before it is allowed to operate in Nigeria.

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA Lockdown

NCAA Lockdown

Activities in Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA have been locked down as the four unions in the Nigerian Aviation industry have embarked on industrial action. The three (3) days warning strike commenced on 22nd May, 2019.

The four unions; the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) last week issued a 7-day ultimatum to the concerned authorities to accede to their demands. The authorities’ failure to do so has led to an industrial action. The secretaries general of the unions issued the directives to NCAA staff after a meeting on Monday 22nd May, 2019.

NCAA Lock-down

The unions are unhappy over the organogram approved by the Ministry of Transport, Aviation and the condition of service. They said the said organogram is in deviation with the agreement of the committee set up by the ministry to review it. They are demanding the immediate implementation of the new organogram for the NCAA as agreed with the ministry, the unions and the management of NCAA.

Agencies like Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and other agencies are also there to support NCAA staff on the industrial action.

Nigeria Appoints new MD for Federal Airport Authority

Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu

The President of Nigeria, Muhammed Buhari on Monday 20th of May, 2019 approved the appointment of Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu as the new Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Captain Yadudu’s appointment takes effect immediately. He is to take over form Engr. Engr. Saleh Dunoma.

In a press statement by James Odaudu (Deputy Director Press & Public Affairs , Ministry of Transportation, Aviation), Captain Yadudu is an ICAO / ACI accredited International Airport Professional,  Captain Yadudu was until his new appointment, the Director of Airport Operations of the Authority.

He also holds professional certifications in Avionics,  Airport Safety Management Systems , Airport Security Management, Air Transport Systems Management,  amongst others. 

Capt Yadudu hails from Northern part of Nigeria, Kano state, while Dunoma the former MD is from Borno state.

Nigeria-France Signs MOU

According to a statement from Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria, Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (BEA) France and AIB Nigeria, signed an Executive Technical Cooperation Programme (ETCP) on 15th May, 2019. This is geared towards fostering mutual cooperation between Nigeria and France in respect of air accident investigation and capacity building.

France through BEA initiated ETCP in order to assist and support AIB Nigeria through information sharing, capacity building and knowledge transfer.

The ETCP Agreement has to do with

  • Cooperation in the conduct of aircraft accident and incident investigation, investigation training and sharing of information and expertise, consistent with Annex 13;
  • Assisting each other in the use of air safety investigation, manpower, facilities, recorders, management organization, Aviation Security and Safety;
  • Exchange of specialist and any other request incidental to fostering the cooperation at the time of the request to the other party as deemed appropriate and as resources may permit; While ensuring confidentiality, both parties will share information and Air Safety investigator; assign responsibilities;
  • Exchange visits or regular meetings with the aim of exchange of exchanging experience and technical knowledge and Discussion on any problem that may arise regarding activities in the field of aviation safety in terms of SARPs.

The Commissioner/CEO of AIB Nigeria, Engr. Akin Olateru noted that the signed ETCP will strengthen Nigeria’s relationship with France and to benefit from its wealth of experience, technical know-how and expertise in the aviation industry for the common good of Nigeria and other African countries that may wish to draw assistance from AIB Nigeria.

The Director of BAE, Remi Jouty, impressed by the quality of work by AIB Nigeria, commended her performance in the last two (2) years and the Commissioner/CEO, Akin Olateru for establishing a solid structure that will survive his administration. He also commended AIB’s role in carrying out air accident investigation for the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe in 2018 including several others in Nigeria.

As noted by Engr. Akin, AIB Nigeria is building a world class institution and brand and as a result positioned it as a force to be reckoned with in Africa in the area of accident investigation and capacity building adding that Nigeria had the needed resources to assist other African countries. Consequently, the aviation accident investigation counterpart agencies of countries including , South Africa, two other African countries and Saudi Arabia has expressed intentions of signing MoU with AIB Nigeria.

World Famous Celebrities Who Are Pilots

Ever thought about flying a plane? What would your reaction be if the Pilot about to take you off on a 35,000 feet above the ground journey to your destination is your favorite celebrity?
For the avoidance of doubt; some of your well known celebrities are licensed to fly aircraft, some others even own aircraft and they fly it themselves.
For this people to get licensed shows a level of commitment, tenacity and hard work because Civil Aviation Authorities do not issue license on fame. If they can do it so can you!
In this article, we share a list of celebrities across the world that actually fly aircraft.
We are very sure one or more of your celebrity is on this list

  • 1. Angelina Jolie

Starred in Wanted, Salt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith etc. She owns a Cirrus SR22.


  • 2. Dennis Quaid

Starred in The Intruder, Footloose, Vantage Point, Innerspace, etc. He owns a Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 421 and Citation II.

  • 3. Morgan Freeman

Starred in Million Dollar Baby, Street Smart, Invictus, Lucy, The Sum of all Fears, Bruce Almighty, Wanted, RED, etc. He owns a Cessna 414 and a Citation 501 and served in the Air Force as a mechanic.

  • 4. Tom Cruise

Starred in Mission Impossible, Top Gun, Risky Business, Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow, Oblivion, etc. He owns a P-51 Mustang, Gulfstream IV.

  • 5. John Travolta

Starred in Face Off, Swordfish, Wild Dogs, Get Shorty, Night Fever, Pulp Fiction, etc. Owns several airplanes including Boeing 707 and challenger 601. Licensed to fly  11 different categories of airplanes and has a runway in his facility.

  • 6. Harrison Ford

Owns a variety of planes including; Cessna 172, Waco biplane and a Citation, he has also crashed his helicopter and vintage WWII era Ryan PT-22 Recruit. The Hollywood Actor became famous for starring as Han Solo in Star Wars; also starred in other movies as Blade Runner, Witness etc.

  • 7. Phil McGraw

Popular for appearances on Oprah Winfrey show and eventually his show on TV, Dr. Phil.

  • 8. Kurt Russell

He starred in Escape from New York, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

  • 9. Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw: Singer and actor, acted in the Blind Side, Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, The Shack etc. Owns a Cirrus SR22 (customized with embroidered seats and a “faith” sticker in the window).

  • 10. Clint Eastwood

American actor, filmmaker, musician and politician. Starred in Western TV series Rawhide, Dirty Harry etc.

  • 11. Gisele Bundchen

Brazilian Model and Actress, has been among the highest paid models in the world and was the world richest woman in entertainment industry in 2007. Played a supporting role in Taxi, The Devil Wears Prada and was the executive producer of the cartoon, Gisele and the Green Team.

  • 12. Dierks Bentley

American Country Music Singer and song writer. He owns and fly his Cirrus SR22T Xi.

  • 13. Jimmy Buffet

An American musician, actor, song writer and business man. He owns a fleet of airplanes including Grumman Goose and a 2009 Caravan on floats.

  • 14. Kris Kristofferson

American musician and actor. He starred in Blade, Heaven’s Gate, A Star is Born etc.

  • 15. Phil Mickelson

An American Professional Golfer. He owns and flies a Gulfstream V

  • 16. Miracle Ikechukwu Igbokwe

Participated in and won Big Brother Nigeria in 2017

  • 17. Amitabh Bachchan

Bollywood actor, producer, television host and former politician. He starred in Zanjeer, Sholay etc. He owns a plane and flies one too.

  • 18. Sushant Singh Rajput

Indian actor, dancer and philanthropist. Starred in Chanda Mama Door Ke, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy etc

  • 19. Asin

Bollywood actress, model and dancer. She starred in Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi etc.

  • 20. Shashid Kapoor

Bollywood actor, starred in Mausam etc. He is the only Bollywood actor who has flown an F-16 fighter plane

  • 21. Vivek Oberoi

Bollywood actor, starred in Krrish 3

  • 22. Gul Panag

Indian actress, voice actress, model and beauty queen. She starred in Dor, Dhoop, Hello etc.

  • 23. Brad Pitt

American actor and film producer. He starred in Thelmer and Louise, Flight Club, Troy, Mr and Mrs Smith etc and produced 12 Years a Slave, the Departed, etc. He owns a WWII-era Supermarine Spitfire.

Arik Air Reopens Suspended Routes as Aircraft Returns from Maintenance

Arik Air

A Boeing 737-700 (NG) aircraft with registration number 5N-MJF belonging to Arik Air arrived Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos-Nigeria from maintenance. As a result, some of the suspended routes will be reopened.

The aircraft was one of the four aircraft that left Nigeria for maintenance. The other three are expected to arrive by the end of May, 2019. The aircraft went for a C-check in an MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) outside the country.

Arik Air’s CEO, Captain Roy Ilegbodu noted that the best interest of their passengers will always drive the decisions of Arik Air Management. He also emphasized that some of the suspended routes will be reopened and appreciates their customers for their understanding during the scheduled adjustments.

Aircraft Maintenance Makes Arik Air to Reschedule Flights

Arik Air

To maintain flight schedule integrity, the management of Arik Air has decided to cut down on the number of flights it operates daily.

This is due to the fact that Arik Air being one of the leading indigenous Airlines in Nigeria is conscious of maintaining international safety standards and takes the maintenance of its aircraft serious. Consequently, some of its aircraft have been taken to Europe for maintenance.

Furthermore, the airline assured its customers that scheduled flights operations will resume fully in a few weeks. And pleads with the customers to bear with them  as they regret all inconveniences that this may cause.


Diamond 42 aircraft belly-lands at Ilorin airport, Nigeria

Diamond DA 42 in the of the Ilorin International Airport, Nigeria.

The Diamond 42 aircraft belonging to International College of Aviation, Illorin, Nigeria belly-landed at Illorin Airport on Wednesday 2nd of May, 2019. The aircraft with registration number 5N-BNH which was being used for training had no casualty after the occurrence which happened at about 11:10am. However, minor damages were incurred.

The Rector of the College, Engineer Benedict Adeyelika confirmed the crash and added that the aircraft is under assessment by the Accident and Investigation Bureau (AIB). Mr. Tunji Oketumbi, AIB Spokesman also corroborated that the Bureau has indeed commenced investigation into the occurrence. Engineer Benedict Adeyileka also assured that the college was ensuring that it gives AIB all the support and data required for the investigation.

Breaking News: AIB reports that Danbaba Suntai was not qualified, certfied to fly Cessna 208B

Today, Accident Investigation Bureau released the report of the crash of Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft with Registration marks 5N-BMJ belonging to the Ministry of Works and Transport, Taraba State Government. The accident occurred on 25th October 2012 at Kwanan-Wava Village, Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State. The late Governor and three other passengers were involved in the crash.

AIB revealed that the former Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai was not certified or qualified to fly the aircraft he commandeered (Cessna Caravan 208B). However, the late Governor was qualified to fly a Cessna 172 aircraft.

AVIATION FACT: The average age of a commercial aircraft

The lifespan of an airliner is not truly measured in time. Instead, it is counted based on pressurization cycles. Each time an aircraft is pressurized during a flight its fuselage is subjected to stress. The “lifespan” of an aircraft is reached when there are certain  metal fatigues and cracks which may pose danger. The “service life of 20 years” is generally expressed by approximate figures of 51,000 flight hours and 75,000 pressurization cycles for most aircraft. If an aircraft is used on long haul routes it experiences relatively few pressurization cycles in its “life” and can remain airworthy far beyond 20 years.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): first case confirmed in Nigeria

by Namo Florence

According to a statement issued by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Friday, 28th February, 2020, the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Lagos state.

The case involves an Itaian Citizen who works in Nigeria. He just returned to Nigeria from Milan, Italy on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

The case was confirmed barely 24 hours after the Senate berated the Federal Government for not doing enough in screening travelers at the nation’s airports and seaports.

Read full statement below

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.

We have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Nigerians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:

1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in-crowd.

4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication.

6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.

Dr Osagie Ehanire
Hon. Minister of Health

Arik Air Introduces Special fare for Armed Forces

Arik Air

Arik Air has introduced special fares for the Armed Forces of Nigeria on domestic routes.

The special fair begins from Twenty Thousand Naira (N20, 000.00) for one-way economy class ticket. It applies to all categories of serving and retired personnel of Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy.

The Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said it is pleased to be of service to the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

To benefit from the fare, beneficiaries must present a valid military identity (ID) card and any other valid identity card (for example national ID card, international passport, drivers license and permanent voter’s card) at point of sale and check-in. Reservation and ticket must be made not later than seventy-two (72) hours before flight.

FAAN: Lagos Airport Intruder is from Niger Republic, Security Officers Suspended

Usman Adamu

The man that breached security at Lagos Airport on 19th July, 2019 has been identified as Usman Adamu suspected to be from Niger Republic.

Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said FAAN takes full responsibility for the embarrassing incident.

Captain Yadudu assures the public that security has been tightened at the airports and airside to ensure safety of lives and properties. He noted that FAAN has a security patrol/escort team in place for arriving and departing aircraft but another joint patrol team involving FAAN AVSEC, the Police and the Military has also been constituted to assist in protecting the sanctity of the air side and ensuring the security of live operations and the traveling public using our facilities.

He also said that no stone will be left unturned to find those responsible for negligence in the discharge of their duties. The head of Aviation Security unit and others have already been suspended in respect to the security breach.

The officers suspended are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku; International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Adedamola Abiodun; Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Owotor Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Badejo Adebowale Ayodele.

Captain Yadudu assured that FAAN would continuously improve on security measures to outdo the schemes of criminals.