The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned operators of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) to ensure they always obtain Aviation Height Clearance (AHC), Permits and Licences before construction of high rise structures.
The warning is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager,Public Relations,Mr Sam Adurogboye and made available to journalists yesterday.
Others affected by the warning according to NCAA are: landing facilities owners, stakeholders and the general public.
Adurogboye in the statement explained that these permits, Aviation Height Clearance and Licences are to be obtained before the construction of the following:tower, telecommunication masts,high rise buildings/structures and landing facilities.
These landing facilities include construction of Helipad/Helideck for civil use and heliports.
He further explained that this action is in line to the Civil Aviation Act. 2006 Part IX (30) (L) which empowers the authority to prohibit, regulate and remove any structure, which, by virtue of its height or position, is considered to endanger the safety of aircraft operations.
He added that in addition, the Civil Aviation Act. 2006 Part IX (30) (K) stipulates that the authority will grant and certify licences for the construction of helipads, helidecks and heliports.
The NCAA spokesman stated that it was therefore an exercise in illegality to operate into a heliport (surface level, elevated or helideck) without the approval of NCAA.
He however stated that those who want to renew their heliport certificate, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) Part 12.10.6 highlights that Heliports operators are required to commence the process of renewal of Heliport Certificate not less than 90 days to the date of expiration of the certificate.
Adurogboye stated that the regulatory authority was compelled to issue this warning as part of its oversight responsibilities, which is principally safety and security of flight operations in and out of Nigerian airspace.
NCAA, he stated would therefore view very seriously and run the rule over any violation of these safety measures, calling on stakeholders to be guided.