New Civil Aviation Regulations To Be Operational In July
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that the new Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) promulgated in December, 2015, will take effect from July 1, 2016.
The General Manager Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, who made this known in an online statement made available to journalists, explained that the commencement of 2015 NCARs was contained in a Circular Ref: NCAA/DG/AOL/21/16/01 sent to all Airline Operators last month.
He further stated that while all operators were in possession of the copies of the regulations, the interregnum between April and the commencement date is a permissible transitional period, adding that during this time, all the stakeholders were expected to acquaint themselves with the contents therein for seamless implementation.
The NCAA image maker hinted that the process of review was set in motion to align Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) with recent International Civil Aviation Organisations (ICAO) amendments and industry observations received by the authority.
He further stated that in other words, the reviewed Nig.CARs was to ensure a completion of the Annexes and that provisions have therefore been made for economic and consumer protection regulations; that were hitherto not incorporated in the 2009 edition.
In addition, Adurogboye said that NCAA decided on the review to standardise the operational procedures, implementation and enforcement in the industry, adding that all these have been done in conformity with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as contained in the Annexes to the Chicago Convention.
The new Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2015,he stated 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.
NCAA urged Airline Operators of Nigeria and stakeholders to ensure total and sustained adherence to the reviewed regulations and that any breach would be met with the stipulated sanctions.