This week’s update

Short updates:

  • Arik Air took the blame for the incident at Jos Airport last week, when one of its B737s clipped wings with a Nigerian Air Force aircraft.
  • President Goodluck Jonathan announced that the Federal Government is close to setting up ‘a new national carrier largely driven by the private sector but with substantial public ownership’. His administration is working towards the construction of a Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) hangar too.
  • The Federal Government also considers to make the International Airline Transport Association Safety Audit (IOSA) mandatory for Nigerian airlines.
  • The National Assembly has proposed a ban on aircraft older than twenty years in Nigeria, but the Minister of Aviation seeks to limit the age of aircraft to fifteen years. A ban on aircraft older than twenty years was already announced by the Federal Government in 2010.
  • Fire destroyed one of the gates of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Thursday, 19 April 2012.
  • The Federal Government has approved Atlas Jet and KS Travel/Empire Aviation as carriers for this year’s Christian pilgrimage.
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12 responses to “This week’s update”

  1. Alaba Bham says :

    Are there pictures of the damage on both planes? It will be a sad day if we cant repair wing tips or winglets in Nigeria.

  2. Greg says :

    Ha ha, wing tips or winglets in Nigeria. Alaba, at the risk of your reviving my other name (cynic), I really wonder if we can. Why, the few Nigerian engineers at Arik gripe that the real work’s done by the Lufthansa Technik guys and, wait for this, oxygen bottles are flown all the way to Germany for re-fills! It seemed to be only half a joke.
    But in better times, WT engineers, improvised all the way to corroded parts of the wing of one our A310-222s, in 1989, at the Air Force hangar in Lagos. I swelled with pride as their boss ( I think it was late A Agum), told NTA network news that Airbus had been informed of the problem, for onward transmission to other A310 operators. Later, if memory serves, I think Albarka also did C-checks (BAC 1-11s) in the same hangar

    • Anonymous says :

      It because Arik operate under LHT amo, so easa form 1’s required, know of many EASA approved workshops ?

    • Alaba Bham says :

      Wonder what happened to those engineers from WT and NAF. Most will be in their 50s and 60s now scattered all over the world. I know one who ran engineering support for KLM and TNT at Birmingham Airport.
      Refilling oxygen bottles in Germany! Jeez.

    • LAF says :

      It’s the aviation food chain/eco system, not in the least the education system.
      To what level of technical capability do engineers and mechanics degrees
      Who knows the letters, (B1, etc) before they need to go for follow-up training not available locally?

      Any sense in approaching theses challenges by a step-wise development approach, e.g, raising the general competence level for A, then the B up till D or trying to develop competence level in all four categories in tandem?

      Or how about picking specific processes and developing the competence levels for those (first).

      E.g., In a continental contex
      Engines
      Avionics
      Painting
      Interiors
      Safety systems

    • LAF says :

      Yikes, Greg. Swelled with pride…. Okay. What would have happened if a greater problem had been solved?

      O2 bottles flown to Gemrany for refills. That is bad comedy. Don’t know wether laugh @ Arik or the industry.

      On a more serious note the industry should have been well developed long ago.
      That’s why it’s going to be up to some kind of takeover driven by the force of knowledge to get this rectified.

  3. Skywalker says :

    Looks like MJI has been ferried back to Lagos for a more detailed look by the lufthansa techniqs. I thinks there’s too much Oil money in system so we just pay whoever to get the Job done instead of developing our own. Its much less headache for the Bosses..

  4. Anonymous says :

    A New National Flag carrier Impressive… This is reali impressive wow! Let’s use r head dis time

  5. Greg says :

    Like was noted by one of you posters, our big shots are too bloated with easy money to bother with nurturing the aero engineering skills of Nigerians. If our system recognized accountability, vision, merit and conscience, it would be the other way around. In some ways, we are where the Ethiopians were in the early sixties, as regards maintenance of aircraft. If you doubt it, just try prevail on our airlines to do checks and repairs in the Air Force hangar at least for now, with engineers led by the wizened old hands from WT, and a plan of succession for the younger engineering talents; remind them that what they’ll actually be doing is building strong and permanent wings for the nation. If you succeed (I’ll bet you won’t), I’ll call you “Boss” for ever.

    • LAF says :

      The Ethionpian aero seriousness is commendable for the continent.
      although they’ll need to balance this out by fixing a number of other sectors not doing as well to improve overall development.

  6. LAF says :

    Sorry I missed it, but when did the DANA have it’s last D check, anyone?
    Thanks

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