NEW AVIATION SAFETY CODE IN FORCE JULY 1

A new aviation safety code is to become effective come next July 1, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said.

The code, tagged the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) promulgated last December, is in tandem with the best global aviation practices stipulated by theInternational Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

A Circular with reference: NCAA/DG/AOL/21/16/01 made available to all airline operators last month revealed the regulatory agency was committed to sustained and total adherence to safety in the nation’s airspace, hence the new regulations.

The NCAA, therefore enjoined all stakeholders to comply strictly to the new safety code or face the full wrath of the law in the event of any breach

The regulatory agency also stated that the interval between the time the review process of the safety regulations commenced in April and the take-off date was actually a transitional grace period for all stakeholders to acquaint themselves with the contents therein for seamless implementation.

The process of review was set in motion to align the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) with recent ICAO amendments and industry observations.

In other words, the reviewed Nig.CARs is to ensure a completion of the Annexes with provisions made for economic and consumer protection regulations which hitherto were not incorporated in the 2009 edition.

The NCAA added that the review was to ensure a standardisation of the operational procedures, implementation and enforcement in the industry with a view to conforming with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as contained in the Annexes to the Chicago Convention.

The new Nig. CARs 2015 has 19 parts comprising General Policies and Definitions; Personnel Licensing; Aviation Training Organisations; Registration and Marketing;Airworthiness;Approved Maintenance Organisations; Instrument and Equipment;Operations;Air Operator Certification and Administration and Commercial Air Transport by Foreign Air Carrier within Nigeria.

Others are Commercial Aircraft Operations used for Specialised Services (Aerial Works); Aerodrome Regulations; Air Navigation Services; Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Air; Environmental Protection Regulations; Aviation Security and Offences.