July one 2016 as been announced as the day the implementation of the new Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) will commence.
General Manager in charge of Public Relations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Sam Adurogboye, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday.
Adurogboye said the regulation was promulgated in December 2015, adding that notices had been sent to all airline operators since April to ensure a seamless transition.
He said the regulation has been made available on NCAA’s website and the airlines already have copies of it.
He, who recalled that first regulation was promulgated in 2009 and second one was in 2012 during the interview, added that what the body have done is to carry out an amendment to the regulation as things keep changing.
Undoubtedly, the development will make the Nig. CARs have two batches tagged Volume I and Volume II.
Aurogboye, however, said “What we have done with the 2015 amendment is to have the past editions in one volume with some amendments in line with the changes in the aviation business.”
Speaking further the GM in charge of PR said the process of the review was set in motion to align Nig.CARs with recent International Civil Aviation Organisation’s amendments and industry observations received by the authority.
He said: “The reviewed Nig.CARs is to ensure a completion of the Annexes.
“Provisions have, therefore, been made for economic and consumer protection regulations – that were hitherto not incorporated in the 2009 edition.
“In addition, the NCAA decided on the review to standardise the operational procedures, implementation and enforcement in the industry.
“All these have been done in conformity with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as contained in the Annexes to the Chicago Convention.”
Adurogboye, therefore, enjoined all airline operators and other stakeholders to ensure a total and sustained adherence to the reviewed regulations.
He warned that that any breach would be met with stipulated sanctions.
NAN reports that the Nig.CARs 2015 has 19 parts comprising: General Policies and Definitions, Personnel Licensing, Aviation Training Organisations, Registration and Marketing, Airworthiness and Approved Maintenance Organisations.
It also has Instrument and Equipment, Operation, 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.