Suspension of Industrial Action: FG and Unions Reach Agreement

Following the industrial action earlier embarked upon that led to the lock down of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on the 22nd of May, 2019, the unions have decided to suspend. The National President of ATTSSAN, comrade Illitrus Ahmadu who spoke on behalf of the five aviation union expressed the unions’ satisfaction after a meeting with the Minister of State (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika.

Some of the issues brought forward by the unions are; conditions of service, non-conformity with the act of appointment of boards, the organogram as enumerated by the minister. He noted that the unions honored their invitation to Abuja in order to discuss contentious issues that led to the commencement of the industrial action.

In his statement regarding the organogram, the minister promises to set up a committee within one week to rectify the grey areas and come to a mutual conclusion. He stated that union members will form part of the committee.

Regarding the condition of service, Senator Hadi Sirika noted that the salary and wages is outside the purview of the ministry but volunteered to visit the Salaries and Wages in order to hasten the process of approving the conditions of service.

The four aviation unions; National Association of Air Transport Pilots and Employees (NAAPE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) said they are looking forward to the implementation of decisions reached in the interest of all as they have decided to suspend the industrial action.

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.

News Release by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority

AVIATION MINISTER TO MEET WORKERS TODAY 

The Minister of State (Aviation) Senator Hadi Sirika has invited the Aviation Unions to a meeting today to address all issues raised by the workers.

Aviation Unions are presently on strike thereby disrupting services at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s offices. 

The Unions are demanding a review of the  organisation’s Organogram , approval  of the new Condition of Service (COS) and inauguration of Boards for the Authority

These issues are  however not within the jurisdiction of NCAA management. 

Therefore , the Regulatory Authority will work with the supervising ministry to ensure that  all issues are properly addressed to the satisfaction of all parties.

The Authority has absolute confidence that  the meeting between the Honourable Minister and  the Unions will provide amicable resolution. 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)  hereby  appeal  to all aviation stakeholders who are not able to access services at our offices today to remain calm as normalcy will soon be restored. 

Signed:

Sam Adurogboye,

GM, Public Relations,

NCAA.

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.