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"We Are Ready For Reassessment Of Nigeria's Category 1 Safety Status By FAA", Says NCAA

Published on 30 March 2014

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by Lateef Lawal


Lagos, Nigeria

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), says the agency is set for the reassessment of the country's Category 1 Safety Status by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) beginning tomorrow (Monday).

The acting Director General of NCAA, Engr Benedict Adeyileka said at the weekend that the four man team from the United States of America's FAA would be carrying out the assessment for five days in compliance with applicable sections of ICAO standards contained in Annexes 1,6 and 8 detailing the eight (8) critical elements of a state safety oversight as prescribed in the ICAO document 9734 A.

According to Engr Adeyileka, the team would also use the current International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) checklist and ICAO guidance material during the assessment.

The eight critical elements are:primary aviation legislation, specific operating regulations, state civil aviation system and safety oversight functions and technical personnel qualification and training.

Other critical elements include, technical guidance and tools, licensing and certification obligations, surveillance obligations and resolution of safety concerns.

The acting DG explained that in preparation for the visit, NCAA has provided responses to the checklist and forwarded it to the FAA team leader.

Engr Adeyileka said the team would also visit Arik Air and its facilities as the airline currently operates directly into and out of USA which was used as benchmark for the initial IASA category one assessment in 2010.

Lateef Lawal is a journalist and publishes Nigerian commercial aviation news.


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Posted 2014-03-30 12:15:00