This week’s update

A couple of updates:

  • Aero just announced that it will resume flight operations today. The airline’s management has promised to reinstate all the dismissed employees.
  • The Federal Government will allow corporate and private jet owners to operate without an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
  • The Nigerian Air Force has acquired several B737s to set up a commerical airline named United Nigeria Airlines. The first aircraft, a B737-500 (NAF 916; ex-LN-BRV), will soon arrive in Nigeria.
  • Dana Air’s MD-83 (5N-JAI) remains grounded, as the airline struggles to meet the directive of the Minister of Aviation that Boeing has to re-certify the aircraft.
  • Arik Air’s B737-700 (5N-MJI), recently spotted without an engine at Abuja Airport, was ferried to Malta for maintenance.
  • Aero’s second Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 (5N-BPT; ex-G-JEDN) has been sprayed in its new livery.
  • A B737-800 of Royal Air Maroc made an emergency landing at Lagos yesterday, after hitting a bird during take-off.
  • According to a state governor, the Federal Government plans to float a national airline through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
  • The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will install toll gates at all airports to increase its revenues.
  • Lagos’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport currently ranks as the fourth biggest in Africa, but its seat capacity declined with 13 per cent in the past year.
  • Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) plans to build a chain of branded fixed-base operations (FBO) across Africa within the next seven years.
  • Ethiopian Airlines has taken Chanchangi Airlines to court over a case of unpaid maintenance fees.
  • Kenya Airways will increase its Nairobi-Lagos serice from five weekly to daily per 31 March 2013, while reducing its Nairobi-Lagos-Cotonou-Nairobi service from four to three weekly.
  • Turkish Airlines will replace the B737-900ER on the Istanbul-Lagos route with A330 equipment per 21 May 2013.
United Nigeria - B737-500 - NAF 916

United Nigeria – B737-500 – NAF 916

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52 responses to “This week’s update”

  1. Alaba says :

    Since when did Boeing certify planes? That’s like sending the lion to certify the meat it wants to eat. Also if perchance (ain’t gonna happen) Boeing agrees to come look at the plane, who will pay the cost for this?
    Seems like we are in a world of new rules.

    • AfricanAviation (@AfrAviaTribune) says :

      Apparently Princess Stella reckons she has it sorted out man: http://newafricanpress.com/2013/03/28/re-dana-boeing-may-rebuff-fgs-request/

      “In fact, Boeing, on the invitation of the Honourable Minister of Aviation, not only agreed to partner with the Ministry on safety and other related issues, but has indeed submitted a Proposal to the ministry to conduct an “airworthiness assessment” of all it’s Nigerian Registered aircraft in the fleet of domestic airlines in the country.”

      But as you say, who’s going to foot the bill?

      • Aviation in Nigeria says :

        @LA, thanks for reading and commenting!

        @AfrAvia. Just got Joe Obi’s release too. But, he doesn’t address the issue at stake: the fact that the Minister gave an illogical directive that is impossible to meet for the airline. Talks were held with Boeing long before the recent Dana Air incident, so Boeing’s proposal has nothing to do with this particular case. Anyway, the minister should invest in the NCAA, so that their own people can conduct these checks, rather than bringing in Boeing (will Boeing also check the Airbus and Bombardier aircraft in Nigeria?). So much for the trust the Nigerian government has in its own agencies.

  2. LA says :

    Hi blog. Thanks as always for the tireless updates.
    Happy Easter and all the best of resurrection power both personally and to all the aviation challenges. Have a great weekend

  3. pete rock says :

    WHEN IS THE FG GOING TO BE SERIOUS ON THIS ACQUISATION OF 30 AIRCRAFT.IF THERE ARE NOT SERIOUS,THEY SHOULD SHUT THE FUCK UP COS AM TIRED OF HEARING ALL THIS ASS STORIES YOU DIGGGGGGGGGGG. BE FOR REAL

    • Anonymous says :

      The government should not be in the business of “acquiring” any aircraft on behalf of the private sector PERIOD. Rather than look for more corruption and kick-back opportunities, those greedy officials are better advised to work harder on improving INFRASTRUCTURE – which is decades behind other countries.

  4. Alaba says :

    People, have you read the report above on the Nigerian Air Force setting up commercial activities including an airline, hotels and FBO facilities?
    I’m astonished.
    Will the acquired 737s be registered as military or civil?
    If military reg and being used to carry civilians, will it require an AOC and be subject CAA rules?
    From the report, this is not some idea for the future but the here and now.

    • LA says :

      Astonishment for some, laughter for others.

      Kindly put the link to the report out. It’s as real as it gets if shopping facilities at the end of PHGs runway 04 are planned! A real laugher until after about 15 seconds, when the gravity of such plans begin to sink in.

      The MMA2 site is under construction. For how long and what are they up to webwise?

    • Naijajet says :

      Apparently a couple of Air Forces also have commercial outfit Satena of Colombia comes to mind. But I don’t think we have that much capacity shortage to warrant the Air Force coming up with this idea.

  5. Greg says :

    @ Alaba, I think you should take sides with the members who think the Air Force can’t be serious about the airline.

    Naijajet, I first came across SATENA in the late 80s, when I received regular copies of Fokker’s PR magazine. SATENA flew F28s. But South American air arms are products of an altogether different milieu than ours’. For instance, Argentina’s air force still flies F28s, so, you can imagine Latinos would never buy two state of the art MPAs, and park them in the sun to bake for three decades, like we did with our F27 MPAs. They have the basics right. And I think that’s what we should be worried about; coming to terms with the fundamentals, rather than have the military tamper with issues far removed from the martial call.

    And don’t worry about any capacity shortfall. One thing you can hail Nigerians for, is interest in the industry by people with deep pockets. Perhaps the area where some of them might need help is how to run the enterprise like a proper business.

    In 1989, elements like the Air Bettle, NAF’s 25th birthday, its expansion (which evinced meticulous planning and foresight), Sepecat Jaguars (which I saw in action two or three years previous) etc, gave our people much faith in the Air Force. Then, they announced a programme to lift paying members of the public in their transport aircraft. I have no objections to something of that nature just now.

    But I don’t think the Air Force should run an airline. Not in today’s Nigeria.

    • LA says :

      Neither should they get into shopping complexes, esp at the oddest of sites.

    • Naijajet says :

      Saw an Office today in Wuse II Abuja Nigeria Air Force Holding Company….Men they seem to be very serious…

    • Alaba says :

      @Greg. I am on the side of those who think its wrong for the airforce to run commercial operations. However I think its too far gone now to go back without huge financial loss. This should have been made public ages.

      Its intriguing in the sense that :
      This company is funded by the Air Force who in turn are funded by us, the plebs. How is this different to the muted idea of the Government funding planes?

      Which entities / individuals etc hold shares in this company and might be entitled to dividends etc?

      In the interview, the boss man there stated they repaired 5 more Alpha jets than the contracted 6 due to the savings they had made. Almost 100% more! This to me, points to the usual over inflation of contracts. I hope the company’s books would be open to scrutiny.

      God forbid, but if any of these planes were to go down, would the civilian pax be covered by insurance schemes?

      Would the certification of crews be in line with civilian operations? Apart from the crews of the BBJ, does NAF have enough 737 rated pilots? Greg, surely you must remember the huge problems NAF pilots had in converting to the old 727 Presidential jet.

      If there is an emergency military airlift, does this then mean commercial passengers are left stranded at airports whilst the planes are used to lift military personnel?

      Hope the gung ho mission completion aims of some air force pilots dont cause problems ie..no matter how bad Jos weather is, I must land there.

      Not wanting to be negative but this scheme sounds like a backdoor way by individuals to plan for their retirements.

      • Alaba says :

        Just a quick addendum, the 737-500 purchased by the NAF is already 20 years old so will CAA rules on aged aircraft apply in a few years? Also will the Princess of Doom crack down on this ‘airline’ if it’s deemed in violation of safety rules…somehow I doubt that. Positives? Interesting times ahead!

    • Anonymous says :

      @Greg, can you contact Hilton

  6. Skydog says :

    I wonder how their CRM would be like…lol, I just hope they crash and kill people.

  7. Skydog says :

    Sorry! I hope they don’t crash and kill people

  8. Greg says :

    Alaba, I remember the NAF pilot 727 problems like it was yesterday.

    What any of us cannot escape gentlemen, are the peculiar circumstances our journey as a people has led us into. We are a people whose one-time leader (IBB) is said to have deliberately run the Air Force aground, because he was scared of the sheer destructive force they could muster, as revealed by the failed Vatsa coup of ’85. So, a terrific momentum, which featured 200 supersonic jet pilots (revealed in this forum), exploration of purchase of airborne tankers (AVM Alpha, Guardian newspapers, 1989), Boeing Chinook choppers etc in ’89, was consumed by the epileptic fits of the model we find ourselves running as a people. It only happened that the spectacularly yellow coward IBB, was at the head of the subterfuge. And he had an even more determined accomplice in Abacha.

    Today, we probably have several dozen one-time pilots in the service, alongside well trained techs, all with decades old experience. Couple that with repair equipment that almost awed Alpha (albeit in ’89), the Ikeja hangar in which WT repaired A310s, and add the halo that makes us Nigerians, and you will begin to see the pictures. That a lot of our people don’t trust our local airlines anyway, only makes the case stronger for an Air Force airline.

    At the end of the day, I think the development is only a by-product of the nation we have come to be. From this perspective, the case for their airline is stronger

    • Alaba says :

      What’s next?

      The Navy converting one of their warships into a cruise liner… Lagos to Durban in luxury!
      The Army running a road haulage business..Abuja to Abakaliki protected by T34 tanks!

      • LA says :

        I think Lagos to Barbados would do better. They could combine forces effectively and offer cruise and flight holiday packages. Jobs, jobs, jobs!!! ;-)

  9. Greg says :

    Let’s go easy on them, gentlemen.

    It appears we have more pilots and techs than we have aircraft for them to man. Fact is, we are a nation of zestful people: NEPA can’t estimate future requirements of transformers from the records of past growth in demand and so, plan purchase of them for deployment in future, and yet, we want to be what, is it, one of the world’s top 20 economies by 2020? THAT isn’t far fetched to an awful lot of our compatriots, believe me. Which is why, when some of our warriors want to turn traders and still be warriors at the same time, it’s not exactly out of place.

    And Alaba, we did reach T-52s, come, man. It’s the way we are

    • Alaba says :

      Greg

      Are you serious that we have more pilots than planes pro rata? On average 3 crews per aircraft and factor in all the gunships, navalised choppers, F7s, Alphas, L39s, C130s, G222s et al and not least the vast PAF and not enough crews?

      T-52s. Noted.

    • LA says :

      We’ll go easy on…… our tummies and not laugh too much.

      But seriously, these are soldiers and tough as nails, so they can take it.
      Like all well meaning citizens, we only want the best for our forces. Left to some of us, even a world class Air Force is not enough; out of this world / space class if it were possible. When other nations are busy evaluating proposals for the F-35 JSF and alternatives and up to serious hardcore developments taking place, it’s not out of place to picture ourselves there, flying with them. Anything that helps point us to where we need to be going at this time.

  10. Alaba says :

    All good funny stuff! Seriously as LA states above, we might get better return on investment from our military this way was as opposed to the money just being poured down the drain as in the past and present!

  11. LA says :

    But where does that leave things like the primary tasks of protecting our territorial integrity basic surveillance? There should be more than enough to do before undertaking this venture. If resources are vaialble, how about working on strengthening search and rescue, coast guard, trauma helicopters, fire fighting?

  12. Greg says :

    Alaba, I admit I can’t put a finger on my source of “many pilots/techs than planes”, save, anecdotal evidence.
    LA, I think our boys can handle commercial ventures and guard us simultanously. On F-35s, I like them, but the realty is evident in the fact that in recent times, the brass opted for F-7s and not even Mirage 2000s or Tigersharks.
    For some raeson, I’m emhasising the positives: at least, some assinine Head of State’s not draining the life out of the service in hopes of clinging on to power for ever!!!

  13. Alaba says :

    Whilst there is some reticence and skeptism from LA, Greg , myself and some other members of this blog, in no way am I poking fun at the NAF (besides I’m coming into the country in the next few weeks and don’t want to be ‘invited’ for questioning!).
    However as a proud national, I am concerned at waste, duplication with no tangible outcomes.
    My concerns are about accountability, transperency and capacity for success. One can assume that the plans by AETSL have been run past the CAA, Senate Committee on Aviation and other oversight organisations?
    The 737-500 is meant to be coming out of the paint shop anyday. Raising this issue again of a paint shop in Nigeria, shouldn’t AETSL have this as a priority apart from their international helicopter school?
    Often we are not allowed to ask questions under this umbrella of ‘security’ and a blanket view is that we must all be proud of our military. However progress can also be about challenging thinking which is what we do on this blog. We are not allowed to take pictures or highlight issues with NAF assets when these aircraft are maintained by foreign nationals some of whom definitely would be feeding back capacity and capability information back to their home nations!.

    What’s that old saying…? Those Who Ignore The Lessons Of History Are Doomed To Repeat It.

    Why were the ridicoulously low time F27 MPAs at Benin allowed to rot away when these could have been sold ages ago? Now we have new aircraft with the same roles and allied to Customs, Immigration and other secret squirel agencies means a lot of surveilance capacity across the country now. Has bunkering ended? Is Nigeria secure? Are the old smuggling airstrips still in place? Can we identify and force down aircraft which violate our airspace? Has conviction rates for all of these offences increased? Will logistics and maintenance ensure that these assets are still operational in ten..nay five years from now?

    Coming back to the issues of NAF pilots and training, I came across this extract from another blog and here are sections from that:

    ‘Permit me to reproduce extract from a paper presented at National War College in 1998 “Optimizing Training to meet NAF Operational Requirements” by AVM Osita Oberika (rtd.)’

    ‘A case study of 12 of the 27 students of SP 31 who, graduated from 301 FTS in Jan 2000 stayed for 4 years before basic training in Kano. Some of them were already squadron leaders. Going by the training rate at 303 FTS Kano, they earned their wings as Wing Commanders. Consequently, they have limited years of active flying in the Service.’

    Promoted all the way from cadets to Wing Co’s without having wings!

    ‘Consequently, course 1/90 that started training in 1990 did not graduate until 1998, thereafter, training on the A-Jet has been in the limbo.’

    I tire.

  14. Greg says :

    Alaba, I like to think I’m good at issues we’re discussing on this forum, but I failed to even consider the cost/benefit angle…pooh! The truth is, to a large extent, the zombie mentality of accepting what government and by extension, the military shoves our way, without our asking questions, has enveloped me.

    The naval chief, in announcing renewed efforts at fighting bunkering some weeks ago, implied that naval officers could be in on the business. The news media regularly alleges this too.

    But, promo all the way to Wing Co without wings? This reveals an air force which needs the people to help save it. But pride won’t let them ask for help, you can be sure. By the day, though, and however slowly, the people are increasingly, sovereign. Before long, we won’t accept such outrages anymore; we WILL step in and let them know who’s boss. It IS possible and before long, the day will come

    • LA says :

      Most on this forum aren’t of the impression that we are the good guys, in plain clothes, and commenting from the safety of our desktops or easy chairs.

      Concerns expressed is proof that we have beating hearts and caring minds and see a lot the happenings from the perspective of where our great country ought and can realistically be, and take these as the minimum achieveable, as potential remains sky high.

      We keep faith that a platform like this one will continue to do a great job as a vital ‘server’ helping to catalyze development.

  15. Alaba says :

    Greg

    You raise salient points and the plethora of debates (for example how history might treat WT) on this blog have been superb without the nauseating abusive elements on other sites. We have also where necessary challenged accepted wisdom on Nigerian civil aviation.

    As you rightly stated, the same rationale cannot be applied to the Air Force. Never having flown combat aircraft, I cannot remotely claim I know what it entails, the physical ability to pull Gs as well as air combat manoeuvring.
    I do know that having a fly past at an air show with lots of noise and sonic booms does not a capable combat pilot make.

    We are saddled with $251m of F7s which may or not be grounded. If it is grounded, it surely will go the way of the MiGs, Jaguars, F27s and helicopters purchased expensively and wasted. Some of you mentioned the F35; c’mon we cannot even maintain the relatively simple F7 Shenyang.

    By using the blog to ask questions is all we can do and hopefully develop oversight skills in more members without aviation backgrounds or not.

    I hope that day comes when the air force justifies its purchases to the public and not just to senate committees. Why? See below

    In 2007, when testifying in front of a House Air Force Committee , former CAS Dike was asked by Senate Air Force Committee Chairman John Halims Agoda whether it was not more cost effective to have a wet lease on the Alpha Jet, the Chief shook his head and said, “Not advisable, sir”.

    Greg, wet lease an attack aircraft for pete’s sake!

  16. The Nigerian aviator says :

    From the discussions above, it is very clear that our NAF is just a micronism of the larger Nigerian society which is inmersed in massive decay, inefficiency and corruption. Clearly, there are quite a few vastly fine and brilliant gentlemen the NAF has ever produced. One of such is AVM Osita Obierika (rtd) who i have had the opportunity to listen to his presentations at many conferences over the last 2 decades.

    • LA says :

      The challenge is how to multiply and replicate an adequate number of Osita Obierikas, and have enough of them circulating in the system as to produce sustained positive impact it takes. We need as many as we can get.

  17. Greg says :

    Alaba,
    Our debates on this site are more popular and more effective than is apparent. Proof: when Taraba governor Dr Suntai crashed his “private jet” Cessna Caravan, The Punch newspaper described AIN, published info from it, and attributed it with quality. I felt proud. This adds to your admonition to carry on regardless.
    I’d wager the F-7s are airworthy, i.e, the number that should be, given the ratio of machines that would be down for MX and inevitable snags, to machines that should be flying. This, I glean from evidence of sortie time, like the fateful crashes, at least one press report of an incident, and the jets’ appearance at NAF’s air shows.
    The ATR MPAs are based in the commandeered Okada hangar (which is guarded by posts of elevated sandbag enclosures complete with machine gunners). Those ones are flying well well, my brother. It’s logical to think they’re fighting bunkering. Two Hercs were done over some years back; they have the dull grey paint? I see them flying too.
    The lease option on attack aircraft only reflects the unseriousness of most of our leaders. But, as you once quipped, Greg the cynic is slowly morphing into Greg the, was it, optimist? With time they will get there, albeit whilst enjoying the ridiculous spoils and sundry ops of office.
    And like I like to think, the people will become sovereign in deed, not in mouth only. The military might be getting the message, given that we’re on the longest spell of military-free government we’ve ever had as a people

  18. Anonymous says :

    Apparently, the airline will be operated by the NAF subsidary Aeronautical Engineering Technical Services Limited (AETSL), and may be called ‘United Nigeria’. The first B737-500 was spotted at Abuja: https://twitter.com/Duskiie/status/321864952082210816/photo/1

  19. aviationspot says :

    Stella Oduah…..hehehehehe…Gross display of ignorance….Her job is to formulate policies and not to do the job of regulatory agencies. Under what authority can Boeing re certify Nigerian registered airplanes? Naija I hail thee until we become the laughing stock of the committee of nations. It is high time aviation professionals man the ministry of aviation and not politicians who are planedumb and no next to nothing about the aviation system

    • Alaba says :

      @Greg. The transformation to optimist bodes well! This blog like others has a great electronic footprint and I took advantage of that to review our thoughts years ago when the F7s arrived. Maybe I dont ‘get it’ but not sure I see the overall strategy of the NAF. Should I know? I think yes, not the intricate details or an order of battle but to show we are protected and shielded in times of trouble or not. Also that it is not an organisation for some in terms of nice salaries, nicer pensions with perks and not just the traditional media spin about ‘ Brilliant officers and gentlemen’.
      History has shown us that not all fit into that mold.

      Time will tell.

  20. Flighteconomist says :

    Hi everyone.
    Please i’m sourcing for info par number of daily flights in Nigeria (Heli and fixed wings). Also number of active pilots in the sector (Heli/Fixed wings). If a kind soul would also oblige me with the pax statistics from 2010-2012, i’ll really appreciate.
    Safe skies!

  21. eze says :

    what happened to this blog? please, we miss you nigeria blog!

  22. Greg says :

    Around the time they first suspended this site some time back, the gentlemen running it complained of the problems they had to cope with. God bless them. I just hope the probs have not again caught up with this invaluable service!

  23. Alaba says :

    In the interim, maybe members could add updates / pictures as they come across it?

    • LA says :

      Subscribers, it’s time to increase the amount of user generated content, if this blog is properly missed There will probably need to be a platform more suited for that than a classic forum or blog. Pour out your ideas if you would like more than what the mainstream papers have to offer.

      This is some stuff from a veteran traveler picked up in facebook yesterday to get chewing.

      Status Update
      By Kelechi Deca
      Security at Nigerian airports

      As a frequent flyer and also a journalist whose main business is to mind other people’s business, I am worried at the level of security system we have in our airports. As the Minister of Aviation is today doing what nobody deemed fit to do in the last 20 years ( taking a hard look at our airport facilities,and accepting that they are outdated,thus needs upgrading), even the very garrulous Femi Fani Kayode who loves Nigeria so much was in charge of that office with nothing to show for it. But as the Minister is upgrading facilities, there is need to upgrade capacity and attitude of those who run the airports too.I have complained before about the level of disconnect between passenger information capturing at the departure end and the arrival level end.

      Late last year, I queried the Immigration Officer entering my details on arrival on a notebook instead of a computer system because I know nobody will transfer those details into the system. He wanted to intimidate me at first,but when he found out I dont bulge easily he opened up that there was a system failure. I asked if there is a connection between the departing passengers and arrivals such that as you arrive,the officer would see from your data, when you left the country and where you traveled to.

      Yesterday, a US Customs and Border Protection Officer, marked on my declaration form that I should be subjected to further search because he saw in my landing card that I spent time in the UAE before proceeding to the US. During further questioning by the officer he refereed me to, a simple entry of my name in their system showed everything about me and all the info I have been giving them in the last 11 years I have been coming and leaving their country,plus the ones I gave at their Embassy in Lagos.That how a system should run.

      Why would anyone deem it a miracle that they are already after those who perpetrated the acts of terrorism in Boston few days ago. Countries like individuals are daily creating miracles and technology has helped in no small way to achieve this. Why are we not opening up to technology.

      Last year, I was taken aback that tiny airports at Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar that are not as big as any airport in Nigeria already has biometric scanners for both fingerprints and iris info. How do we know who enters and who leaves our country. Worse still, at Nigeria’s main international airpor, MMIA, I have noticed that air crews of airlines simply sign in on a log book provided at one end of the immigration desk and cross into or leave the country with no single Immigration officer monitoring them.

      Where on earth are people using notebooks at their airports to record passenger movements?

      Today, we have voters registration cards that they claim is electronic, we have drivers license they also claim is electronic, we have telephone registration they also claim is electronic and we have international passports that are biometric,what are we waiting for to synchronize all these information into a single electronic data for security and development reasons.

      Hmmmmmm?

      And his reaction to one of the comments:-
      Kelechi Deca Akinwale Ogunkua, I do not believe it is only when an aviator is in charge that there would be change,we have had them severally from Air Force officers to pilots run the ministry of aviation, yet nothing to show for it.In all sincerity and as someone who in the last 12 years has used the MMIA at least 10 times every year,I can say here that the first time the air-conditioning system started working normally after years of disrepair was under Kema Chikwe as Minister of Aviation,same also goes for the elevators and other facilities at that airport.

      But for the first time in 20 years, Nigerian airports have never had it this good as we are experiencing under the present Minister.Though we are not where we are supposed to be,but we are far better than we were,in terms of infrastructure at the airports. Infact she is the best performing minister under this government.

      • Mr. Smith says :

        To your question about increasing the number of user generated content. I recently started a forum and it would be easy enough to create a section dedicated to discussing Nigerian Aviation Industry. This will allow discussions (by anyone) to be started and others chime in with their updates. I am a fan of this website so if this small contribution will help I’m all for it. If there is interest, I can create the boards,

        Click on my name and it will take you to the forum where you can sign up.

  24. Aviation in Nigeria says :

    Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that this blog will see any new updates in the near future. It would be desireable if another online platform was created. In order to succeed, such a platform should meet the following criteria:

    – Community-based: news should be gathered and uploaded by a number of people, who also moderate the discussion;
    – Accessible: no need to register before being able to contribute (therefore, a Facebook-page or a classic forum are not very suitable);
    – The platform should be working for people with a slow (mobile) internet connection.

    Thanks for all the support and discussion!

    • LA says :

      Aviation in Nigeria, this is formally to express sincere thanks for ths service all these years. For good reasons, the ending of this service is taken in similar understanding like when aircraft type is gloriously retired after a well eaned revenue service. Think of Sigapore Airlines last passenger 747 and the wonderful festivities that went with it and the end of the when KLM phase out the last scheduled passenger MD-11s in not too long anymore :-).

      From your tips for a successful platform, besides content open access will surely be key, and while social media is playing an ever increasing unavoidable role as can be seen even in the A-list international aviation publications, the eventual winning formula may well consist of some sort of smart blend of diverse channels, largely reducing the restrictions to access and participation by a wider potential audience.

      The Aviation Cloud is idea is still circling at this point but it will be interesting to see what will end up a winning formula. Also with 4G networks gradually springing up, accelerated improvements in the available internet connection speeds and quality will catch up and meet at the sweetspot.

      Thanks again and all the best with your core endeavours.

  25. Greg says :

    Alaba, LA, AIN folks, everyone out there, c’mon, let’s all migrate to Mr Smith’s new port.
    Just tried it, it’s the Aviation part of naija-talks.com. I clicked Mr Smith’s link above to get there. Not a bad deal at all.
    We’ve become a small family, let’s not fall apart, and personally, I know I can’t do without my 3/4 times weekly doses of aviation gists. I replied the post in the place. It even had a nice pix in it.
    No, I won’t tell you what I commented. Just y’all GO THERE!!!
    (Err, you have to register, but that’s easy too. Waiting for you all !!!)

  26. pete rock says :

    Hey everybody check out this link if you know about it.http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/airline.php?cha=UNG

  27. LA says :

    Comment #50!

    Thanks Greg and Mr. Smith. Will sign up pop in soon for some test flights. It looks nice but is still in many ways still too classic, old and young, pro and am, and market (wo)men would consult regularly and will need to be more Web 2.0+ to really gain a broader base.

    This is http://www.aviationplatform.com, an example incorporating some desirable features the new platform could use. not quite complete,but an example.

    If time can be created, the a wireframe could be made for what such a site could look like, with design imput coming from you all before the final site is built. Sounds a bit like an infra project.

  28. danjuma s rilwanu (cna) says :

    looking at aviation sector in nigeria, it is very unfortunate, country like nigeria could not know her left or right , after 50 years of independent.because, i couldn,t beleave that our aviation is almost colaps.and every things is stand still,for just for some people selfish interest. why? I am really disapointed.you graduated student from verious institution of higher leaning yearly, no any plan for them.

  29. Tope says :

    Hey guys, while we have all pointed wonderful facts we need to look at the NAF Currently.

    Under Badeh tins r fast changing, you know the NAF has suffered from some 15 or so years hiatus and needs to keep in shape. I mean we can only boast of Alpha Jets and F7s wen our Small African Friends in Eritrea and Angola have 9 Sukhoi’s which are 4th Generational Multirole fighters and they r not cheap costing about 30 million dollars each,

    With the way our leaders have looted money for themselves the Military has to think of new ways to sustain itself and activities……the issue of having trained pilots is laughable at best…..ur talking of one of the best trained pilots in Africa as a whole…of course they would pilot these planes and remember since they are and will be running as a Civil airline they will and must conform under the NCAA and FAAN and other agency guidelines, i personally will trust the Airline more than anyone out there because right now out of the 14 million Air users in the Country Arik and Aero have the Lion Share which is not good for this economy.the Target is to increase it to at least 60 million air users and its possible if the price comes down.

    As for the Government’s planned Involvement i say No! They cant run anything….even a PPP will fail let it be strictly Private led and they can den hv Shares in them simple. We dont want Failed Projects 5 years into the future.

    As for me The Modernisation of our Airports is taking too long and what new equipments will be installed, i hope CCTV Cameras are placed as well as Signal Jammers and Other Security Installations to prevent any hi-jacking or terrorism or armed robbery to occur as its a norm these days. I mean our airports are so unsecure that robbers stroll to an International Airport to Rob! Is that the kind of image we want to see?

    The Minister of Aviation has done a poor job so far we are praying the NCAA and other Air Safety agencies are empowered to make sure all Aircrafts in Nigeria should at least have a Total Lifespan of 10 years below, we dont need 30 or older years Aircrafts flying our citizens such things should stop.

    I hope my point didnt ruffle anyone, Cheers all and have a Great Day.

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