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AIB closes investigations on four air crashes

The helicopter could not continue the flight to Port Harcourt due to bad weather and was returning to Osubi airstrip when it collided with high tension cables belonging to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) located along the road to Delta Steel Company, Ovwian, Aladja, Delta State. “The investigation identified one causal and two contributory factors while five safety recommendations were made.”

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FAAN’s Director of Finance appointment not terminated — FG

The Federal Government, through the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, weekend explained the recent controversy surrounding the appointment of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Director of Finance, Mr. Tochuku Bede Uchendu. It was reported by a section of the media that he was sacked by the Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chidoka because he granted an unauthourised waivers worth over N1 billion.

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Domestic airlines lack service delivery mechanism, says Chidoka

“We have invested heavily in equipment like the elevator, the track system, we have an automated car park which can handle about 800 cars per day, We have changed all the 45 check-in counters, We have put in place Baggage Reconciliatory System (BRS) as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). By August we are going to have 21 Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) compared to what we have now which is 6, we have created our own Ambulance and clinic” he added.

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Airlines operators lack knowledge, experience to operate PBN —Experts

Experts in the aviation sector have decried the inability of most airlines operators to effectively use the Performance Based Navigation (PBN) due to lack of adequate experiences and knowledge on the part of the operators. They however argued that even though the PBN was a new phase in the aviation industry, that for it to be effective and fully operational in the aviation industry, it was expected that operators should be well grounded in it with a lot of experiences.

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Airport passengers groan as FAAN introduces new shuttle bus rules

Airport passengers have been groaning as they are left stranded at various bus-stops along the Ikeja-Airport road due to shortage of airport shuttle buses because of the new rules introduced by Federal Airport Authority of Nigerian, FAAN. FAAN had instructed the drivers to replace their old buses with new ones and the operators have been finding it difficult to purchase new buses.

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Aviation Cabotage will save N200bn annual revenue loss — Agbakoba

“The Economic Benefits of Aviation and Performance in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index Report 2013 states that the aviation industry supports tourism and international business by providing the world’s only rapid worldwide transportation network. Airlines transported 2.8 billion passengers and 47.6 million metric tonnes of air cargo in 2011, connecting the world’s cities with 36,000 routes. By providing these services, the aviation industry plays an important role in enabling economic growth and providing various economic and social benefits.”

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NAMA commences calibration of navigational aids at airports

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has commenced the calibration of its navigational aids at airports and en-route stations across the country in a bid to further enhance seamless air navigation. According to the Acting General Manager, Public Affairs of NAMA, Mrs Olajumoke Adetona “ the routine calibration exercise was intended to determine the precision and accuracy of these navigational aids”.

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