Port Harcourt Airport Reopened, NOTAM Issued

Following the incidence that occurred involving an Air Peace flight on 22nd June, 2019 which skidded off the runway and led to the close down of Port Harcourt Airport, the runway has been cleared and airport is now reopened for flight operations.

A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in line recommended standard and practices. Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN has confirmed clearing the runway. 

It will be recalled that Air Peace Flight P47291 enroute Abuja-Port Harcourt skidded off the runway during a torrential rainfall on 22nd June, 2019.

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.

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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. 

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.