NCAA issues first drone licence to Oando for aerial protection

      Firm to operate Lockheed aircraft Oil giant, Oando Plc has become the first firm to be granted permission to operate unmanned aircraft in the country as the oil firm was awarded a certificate to secure the operation of a Lockheed Martins SN 248-255 aircraft.  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Thursday said Oando Reservoir and Production Services Ltd. received the certificate having satisfied the requirements and found competent to secure the safe operation of the aircraft type The certificate, according to the aviation regulatory body is for…

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Safety: NCAA warns over erection of illegal masts

As part of its oversight responsibilities in ensuring safety and security in the Nigerian airspace, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Tuesday warned all operators of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) to ensure they always obtained Aviation Height Clearance (AHC), Permits and Licences before construction of high rise structures. Others affected by the warning are landing facilities owners, stakeholders and the general public. NCAA is embarking on the measure to ensure safety of all aircraft at airports across the country, adding that some of the structures constitute major…

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How low can airfares be in Nigeria?

The prospect of having new low cost airlines in Nigeria is already raising hope of sharp drop in fares. But WOLE SHADARE asks how low can fares be in Nigeria New model Before the end of this year, two carriers are expected to commence operations in Nigeria. This would add to the existing eight commercial airlines that are already in existence. One of the airlines is Jetwest. While Jetwest has finalised its plans, the other carrier is still trying to sort out itself. Its operations is being kept to the…

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Ethiopian Airlines places order for 10 airbus A350-900 planes

Ethiopian Airlines has placed an order for 10 Airbus A350-900 aeroplanes, it said on Tuesday, in addition to at least another 10 it already has on order. “The performance, operational and cost efficiencies we have achieved with our initial A350-900s have resulted in these additional ten aircraft order placement and thereby suffice our ever-expanding global network,” Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam said in a statement reported by Reuters.

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Flights to US city cancelled because it’s too hot for planes

  As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled – because it is too hot for the planes to fly. The weather forecast for the US city suggests temperatures could reach 120F (49C) on Tuesday. That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes. American Airlines announced it was cancelling dozens of flights scheduled to take off from Sky Harbour airport during the hottest part of the day. The local Fox News affiliate in Phoenix said the cancellations mostly affected regional flights on the…

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How we’ll turn around Arik Air, by Bani

The management of Arik Air said it has made On Time Performance (OTP) one of the cardinal objectives of returning the airline to its prime position. Before now, the airline’s operations were marred by lack of respect for on-time departure, which affected passengers’ confidence in the carrier to take them to their destinations as scheduled. Head of Commercial Arik Air, Tosan Bani, told New Telegraph that what they had done was to gain the confidence of their suppliers especially the oil marketers, stressing that one problem the old management had…

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Hope rises as 21 African states sign pact

Twenty-one nations have signed the air liberation pact, an indication that a 20-year dream could come to fruition. WOLE SHADARE writes The figure is rising, signposting that the liberalisation of Africa’s sky could be a reality afterward. With 21 out of 54 African nations signing the solemn Declaration, the 20 years air pact, which had gathered dust and appeared jettisoned could actually revive air transport challenges in the continent. Protectionist measures There are many reasons that the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) hasn’t advanced as hoped in the best part of two…

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A380plus – Airbus upgrades world’s biggest passenger jet

  Airbus unveiled an upgraded version of the world’s biggest passenger jet on Sunday, seeking to boost demand for the slow-selling superjumbo and including a new wingtip design aimed at reducing fuel burn by up to 4 percent. The new wing design adds to other modifications presented earlier this year, including new stairways and cabin rest area to fit in more seats, with Airbus dubbing the enhanced version the “A380plus”. Airbus announced the plan at the Paris Airshow, where it revealed the new wingtips and new “A380plus” branding on the…

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FG to assist airlines, may harmonise 35 multiple charges, TSC

Osinbajo meets operators The woes of Nigerian airline operators may soon be over as Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government has concluded plans to assist them by addressing challenges that have hampered the growth and development of the sector, and hindered it from taking advantage of its natural geographical  position as the hub for Africa.  The assistance is expected to come in reduction or harmonisation of over 35 charges levied against airlines, which they described as outrageous and a threat to their business.  Other area of…

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Turbulence on Paris-China flight injures 26

At least 26 people were injured, four seriously, when turbulence hit a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris on Sunday, state media reports. The turbulence struck as flight MU774 was on its way to Kunming, in the southern Yunnan province. Passengers suffered broken bones, cuts to the scalp and soft tissue injuries, the Xinhua state news agency reported. China Eastern Airlines later said it was crucial passengers wear seatbelts as flights descend. “I was on the flight, and I felt like I would not survive,” the Hong Kong- based South…

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