The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, has said it will not compromise the internationally accepted requirements for obtaining Air Operators Certificate, AOC, by prospective airline operators. The regulatory authority added that it insistence on strict procedure of issuance of airline licences is one of the processes to ensure that no airline cuts corner in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) regulation.
According to the Spokesman of NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye: “it is laughable when people who do not know how the system operates to say that airlines borrow aircraft to deceive NCAA into issuing them AOC license, saying that is not possible”.
“For clarification purposes, Omni Blu Aviation limited got her AOC certification in 2015 and as at today, referencing the NCCA Document and Omniblu Operational Specification, Omniblu has five helicopters and three aeroplanes on her AOC. – HS123-850XP (5N-SPL); Challenger 604 (N880ET); and Boeing 737 Freighter (5N-IZB). For Helicopters, Omni Blu Aviation has, Two Agusta Westland 139 (5N-BTR) and (5N-BQB), Two Bell 4125 (D-HIPP), (D-HAFW) and One Bell 212 (D-HBZT)”.
Adurogboye also revealed that there are five processes for granting of AOC to any interested persons. “These requirements are pre-application phase. This entails initial enquiry or request about NCAA’s certification; obtaining of CAR and advisory; provision of forms to prospective applicants’ NCAA receives and review PASI for acceptance and completeness.”