From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday communicated to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that the outcome of the Re-certification exercise of the Nigeria Aviation conducted between March 31st and April 4th this year will be communicated to the Authority in September.
The federal agency said the period will allow the regulatory authority sufficient time to file with the FAA the evidence of training of some of its Safety Inspectors who had been slated for exercise in Europe between now and August.
The leader of the FAA team, Andre J. Lamarre, who visited the NCAA’s Conference Facility, yesterday said the most important thing to FAA at this juncture is the sustenance of a robust oversight of the industry and strict enforcement of compliance of safety regulation by NCAA.
The team arrived at the Aviation House, Headquarters of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), yesterday, ostensibly to conclude the final phase of the Category 1 Recertification which began in March, this year.
Lamarre said has was in Nigeria to verify all corrective actions, dates, plans and the completion of trainings, “We will thereafter make our recommendations based on the verification of items corrected that we have found here. We will look at what is opened and what is closed and communicate back to Washington on the category.”
Acting Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Engr. Benedict Adeyileka said the regulatory authority has closed all the findings from the March audit.
According to him, the only area left is the recurrent training which the agency has signed contract for recurrences with various Simulators organizations for training.