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Private Hangar To Start Aircraft Repairs In Lagos

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A privately owned hangar, 7Star Global Hangar Ltd., says it is set to start aircraft maintenance and repairs in Lagos in February.
Chief Executive Officer of the hangar, recently approved by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Isaac Balami, disclosed this last Thursday in Abuja.
Balami, an aircraft engineer, said the company had concluded arrangements on equipment needed and personnel competency training to begin maintenance and repairs of aircraft locally.
He said that the facility would begin operation with Boeing aircraft type in line with the approval from the regulator, adding that the company would extend operation to other aircraft types in future.
He added that the company engineers have the requisite training and capability to handle other types of aircraft such as the Airbus, Bombardier and Gulfstream, among others.
The aircraft engineer said the facility would help domestic airlines and private aircraft operators to save cost and time associated with carrying out checks overseas.
According to him, absence of hangar in Nigeria is one of the major challenges confronting domestic airlines in the country, making it difficult for them to survive.
He said: “We believe that this year, our local hangars in this country should be fully functional to reduce the cost of operations for airlines, instead of taking aircraft to overseas.
“The airlines are forced to take their aircraft to Europe and Asia for checks.
“They are forced to look for dollar, pay for navigational charges for flying across different countries, paying for accommodation and allowances for pilots and engineers going for the check.
“It is a whole lot of expenses for the airlines and so we want to commence operation in our new hangar facility by the end of January, hopefully.
“We have been able to get all equipment and gadgets that we need to check the aircraft.
“Even though all the engineers have been certified by aircraft manufacturers and NCAA, we want all the staff to understand the vision of the company.’’
According to him, the company’s target is the local airlines and private aircraft owners and we are in talks with their heads of maintenance.
“They are just waiting for us to start because we want to ensure that the day we are going to start our operation, we will invite all the airlines to come and see what we have and the quality of our personnel and the equipment that we have.
“The facility is going to help local airline enhance their operation because of time and cost saving.
“It is also going to reduce the issues of flight delays and cancellations.
“If you have an issue with your aircraft, instead of waiting for engineers to come from Europe and America, we will be on ground to handle it within a day instead of waiting for weeks for engineers to come from Europe,’’ he said.

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Nigeria Saves $500,000 From Calibration Aircraft – Minister

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The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said that Nigeria will be saving a lot of money from the acquisition of a custom made calibration aircraft recently acquired by the Federal Government.
Sirika who disclosed this while speaking to aviation correspondents in Abuja, Tuesday, said the purpose of the aircraft was to calibrate navigational equipment and aid the country for the purpose of flight operations.
The aircraft which is worth about $8.5 million, according to the minister, will be commercialised to generate revenue, and keep the industry safe.
“We used to have one in Nigeria, but for the last two decades, we never had any. What propelled us to procure this aircraft was that while we were reconstructing the Abuja runway, we needed to recalibrate all those landing aids. That is the standard requirement and this is to ensure they are working in perfect order.
“The last time Nigeria had such aircraft was 20 years ago under cover aviation flying unit. We did not have the capacity as a country, the only people close to us that had is ASECNA which is owned by French speaking countries, but the aircraft is domiciled in Niger.
“We approached them but they did not have a slot for us. If I hadn’t got the support of far away South Africa, we would not beat the six weeks deadline.
“Nigeria will be saving a lot of money by procuring this aircraft. I know I paid about $500,000 when our equipment was due to South African contractor to carry out the task.
“ If you say every six months, we will do this, and that would be half a million dollars every six months. So when we do it sixteen times, the value of the aircraft would have been paid. Not only that, we will commercialise it to generate revenue and keep our industry safe “, Sirika said.
The minister, however, explained that it took about nine months from when the request was made to the completion and installation of the equipment.
The Tide reports that the aircraft was built in Textron Aviation Services, Kansas in the United States, and it is expected to improve safety in the aviation industry.

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PH Airport Manager Seeks Safety Awareness, Education At Airports

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The Safety Manager, Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Mr Oguche Samuel, has harped on the need for continuous awareness and education on safety at the nation’s airports.
He said the continuous safety education would create awareness to staff and stakeholders at the airports on their safety responsibilities.
Samuel disclosed this while addressing participants at the safety promotion day at the airport which focused on Foreign Object Deris (FOD),
He urged participants and staff to be good safety ambassadors in their day to day activities, stressing that safety is one of the core values of FAAN.
Meanwhile, the management of the Port Harcourt International Airport has keyed into the Airport Emergency Plan programme as plans are in full gear towards the certification of the airport.
The Tide reliably learnt that the management of the airport recently took steps in training staff in relevant departments on emergency plan.
Instructors from Accra in Ghana, it was gathered, were invited to train some of the staff of the airport in the later part of last year.
The training was aimed at developing staff capacity to effectively and efficiently handle emergency response with the certification of the airport.

 

Corlins Walter

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FAAN Moves To Check Security Threats At Airside

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Following reported cases of intrusion into airside at the nation’s airports, particularly at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at nights, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu has taken steps to install thermal and infrared cameras for airside monitoring and patrol.
The introduction of thermal and infrared cameras is meant to monitor and expose happenings or any intruder who manages to gain access to airports, especially at nights.
FAAN, in a press statement on Tuesday, said it took the steps because anything that happens at the airside, has a ripple effect on the aviation industry.
“We are mostly particular about the airside because at the end of the day, security and safety are paramount and anything that happens at the airside has a ripple effect and we are here to ensure that our airports are safe.
FAAN posited that it is a dangerous practice to go and open aircraft cargo door because of the engine blast which might occur on the process.
“The proximity switch and the plunder could vibrate when the engine level is moved above idle running; for some seconds, the light may flash and warning light will remain off. It is even an easy thing to open the cargo door while the engine is running.
“Rotation of the handle activates a torque tube to withdraw the latch rollers from the latch fitting and as the door swings on board under tension of the door balance mechanism, the door warning proximity switch is activated to energize the appropriate door warning in the control cabin to alert the Crewe”, FAAN stated.
Enumerating other efforts being made to tackle the problem, FAAN explained that the Authority has put patrol vans fitted with cameras on the dashboard to capture the environment during patrol, saying although this might be a temporary measure.
Our correspondent reports that there were reports of incidents of intruders allegedly opening the cargo compartment of aircraft either taxing or holding on the runway, particularly at the Lagos airport, which had become a cause of concern to FAAN management.

 

Corlins Walter

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