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Military, civil aviation forges partnership on air safety

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Olusheyi Petinrin, has said Nigeria Air Force was committed to military-civilian relations in the air space.

He gave the commitment at a two-day International Air safety Conference organised last weekend by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in Lagos.

This comes at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) described the AIB’s air safety conference as timely, considering the global summit onclimate change going on in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Air Marshal Petinrin, who was represented by Air Vice Marshal Muazu, said the whole essence of a warmer relationship between the military and civil aviation was to promote air safety.

“We are committed to military-civilian relations, since we all fly the airspace,” said the air chief, who noted that NAF a safety management system (SMS) manual for its personnel.

According to him, the relationship will also culminate in the military tapping from civil aviation the principle of safety management system (SMS), which the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had fostered among airlines and aviation service providers at the nation’s airports.

Petinrin noted that since SMS was education driven, the Nigeria Air Force had established an institute to train its personnel in SMS.

He partnership between the military and civil aviation would serve to further the course of air safety in the country.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of NEMA, Air Vice Marshal Audu Bida, noted that the AIB international conference was a wake-up call to changing weather conditions across the globe and the need to take steps to mitigate its effects on air safety.

Speaking against the backdrop of the data that 30% of air accidents results from bad weather conditions, AVM Bida, who was represented by Air Commodore Abayomi Bankole, said the time had come for all stakeholders in the nation’s aviation sector to partner to promote air safety.

He commended the AIB for being able to put together an international conference within two years of its existence.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has appointed a Nigerian, Engr Aliu, as its fits vice president.


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