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This week’s update

Brief notices:

  • The renovated terminal of Benin Airport will be commissioned today.
  • A power outage at Lagos Airport last Monday during a rainstorm forced an Emirates aircraft to divert to Lomé.
  • Ibadan Airport was closed last Saturday, after a Caverton helicopter blocked the runway with a burst tire.
  • After dismantling about fifteen aircraft at Lagos, the FAAN has now started clearing abandoned aircraft at Abuja Airport.
  • CAPA made an analysis of the number of seats offered on the domestic and Nigeria-Europe routes.
  • According to some insiders, the Federal Government favours Embraer as provider of new aircraft to the domestic carriers.
  • Arik Air has expressed interested in acquiring Q400s, CRJ1000s and even the C Series from Bombardier.
  • PHCN’s last two MBB Bo-105s (5N-EPA and 5N-BCJ) have been grounded over the past years.
  • An enquiry by the Navy revealed that the crash of the A109 helicopter on 15 December last year ‘might have been caused by human error or material failure or both‘.
  • Caverton Helicopters has ordered three additional AW139s. The company already operates six helicopters of this type.
  • Med-View Airline announced it will soon launch a Abuja-Port Harcourt service. The airline is expecting two B737-800s to join its fleet this month.
  • SkyBird Air’s third and last Do-328Jet (5N-BMH, 5N-SPE, 5N-SPM) was ferried from Germany to Nigeria this week.
  • Hak Air’s first of four B737-400s (5N-BOT, 5N-BOU, 5N-BOV, 5N-BOW was ferried from Indonesia to Nigeria this week.
  • DANA no longer operates a Do 328 (5N-DOW) for Punto Azul.
  • Air Zimbabwe plans to start a three-weekly Harare-Accra-Lagos-Harare service, operated by an A320, per 2 April 2013.
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This week’s update

Updates:

  • Chanchangi’s second B737-300 (5N-BMC) will re-join the airline’s fleet shortly. The airlines also hopes to add two more B737 Classics before the summer.
  • The Minister of Aviation disclosed that the launch of a new national carrier is in its final stage of approval.
  • FAAN has begun to dismantle derelict aircraft at Lagos Airport, meanwhile an entrepreneur wants to collect abandoned aircraft to set up an Aviation Museum in Nigeria.
  • The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced it will enforce the new Passenger Bill of Rights to make sure that all airlines comply to the new rules protecting air travellers.
  • Gombe State Government has struck a new deal with Arik Air to increase the current five-weekly service between Gombe and Abuja to a daily service.
  • Med-View Airline has suspended its Lagos-Owerri service after just one month.
  • AirFrance will offer more seats on its daily flights from Paris to Abuja and Port Harcourt per 31 March 2013, changing from A332 to B772 equipment. The airline also serves Lagos daily from Paris with an A332.
  • The Nigerian Air Force has acquired a former SAS B737-505 (to be registered NAF 916; ex-LN-BRV). The aircraft is currently at Istanbul for maintenance.
  • PICOMMS lost the feud with NIMASA and will be disolved by the Federal Government. The Nigerian Navy will take over the assets of PICOMMS, including a B350, DA42 and Cessna 206.
  • An article on the Biafran Air Force (shared by Alaba).
  • Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers in the US for further training.
  • The foundation of the new airport in Bauchi State was laid by the State Governor on 25 January 2013. The second airport in the state should be ready before the end of the year.
  • A couple of pictures showing the ongoing renovation work on the Owerri Airport terminal emerged on the net. Apparently all the domestic airports – Benin, Port Harcourt and Enugu – are getting a very similar look.
Owerri Airport

Owerri Airport

Navy helicopter crashes in Bayelsa State

An Agusta A109E Power (NN 07) of the Nigerian Navy on its way to Port Harcourt Airport crashed in Bayelsa State on 15 December 2012, around 15:30. The two pilots and four passengers were killed in the accident. Among the casualties were Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa, and the former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi. It is the third Agusta A109E lost by the Nigerian Navy out a fleet of six helicopters since 2006.

Recent air accidents in Nigeria

In general, air safety in Nigeria has improved since the major crashes in 2005-2006, but still a number of serious incidents in which lives are lost and/or an aircraft is written off occur every year. Not all of them are reported in the press, and only three (the Sosoliso, Wings Aviation and Dana Air crashes) are mentioned on the website of the Accident Investigation Bureau.

  • 27 OCT 2012 – 5N-??? – Bell 206L4 – Pan African Airlines – offshore
  • 25 OCT 2012 – 5N-BMJ – Cessna 208B Grand Caravan – Private owner – Yola
  • 03 JUN 2012 – 5N-RAM – McDonnell Douglas MD-83 – Dana Air – Lagos*
  • ?? ??? 2012 – 5N-CAG – Beech 58 Baron – NCAT – Zaria
  • ?? ??? 2011 – 5N-BMM – Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel – Pan African Airlines – Port Harcourt
  • 28 JUL 2011 – 5N-BKA – AS 350B2 Ecureuil – OAS Helicopters – Ikonifin
  • 24 MAY 2011 – N364UZ – Beechcraft King Air C90 – Shawa Engineering – Kaduna
  • 11 DEC 2009 – 5N-BKJ – Aerospatiale AS 332L1 Super Puma – Bristow Nigeria – offshore
  • 09 OCT 2009 – 5N-BIC – Bell 407 – Gitto Construction – Uyo
  • 22 JUL 2008 – 5N-CAV – Socata TB9 Tampico – NCAT – Zaria
  • 15 MAR 2008 – 5N-JAH – Beechcraft 1900D – Wings Aviation – Besi*
  • 03 AUG 2007 – 5N-BIQ – Bell 412EP – Bristow Nigeria – Eket
  • 10 NOV 2006 – 5N-BHU – AS 350B2 Ecureuil – OAS Helicopters – Warri
  • 29 OCT 2006 – 5N-BFK – Boeing 737-200 – ADC Airlines – Abuja
  • 10 DEC 2005 – 5N-BFD – Douglas DC-9 – Sosoliso Airlines – Port Harcourt*
  • 28 NOV 2005 – N73MW – Beechcraft Super King Air 200 – Oriental Energy Resources – Kaduna
  • 22 OCT 2005 – 5N-BFN – Boeing 737-200 – Bellview Airlines – Lagos

Incidents involving security agencies:

  • 05 JUL 2012 – 5N-BKS – Diamond DA42MPP – PICOMSS – Benin
  • 02 MAY 2012 – NAF??? – Chengdu F-7Ni – Nigerian Air Force – Kaduna
  • 14 MAR 2012 – 5N-POL – Bell 427 – Nigerian Police – Jos
  • 28 OCT 2011 – NAF??? – Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros – Nigerian Air Force – Uyo
  • 11 MAY 2011 – NAF??? – Chengdu FT-7Ni – Nigerian Air Force – Gboko
  • 22 MAR 2011 – NAF??? – Chengdu F-7Ni – Nigerian Air Force – Kano
  • 12 MAR 2010 – NAF950 – Aeritalia G.222 – Nigerian Air Force – Port Harcourt
  • 26 JAN 2010 – NN06 – Agusta A109E Power – Nigerian Navy – Port Harcourt
  • 28 MAY 2009 – NAF054 – Van’s RV-6A – Nigerian Air Force – Jaji
  • 20 APR 2007 – NN?? – Agusta A109E Power – Nigerian Navy – Owerri
  • 17 SEP 2006 – NAF033 – Dornier Do228 – Nigerian Air Force – Vende Ikya

Crash site at Kaduna of a Beechcraft King Air C90 (N364UZ) belonging to Shawa Engineering

This week’s update

A quiet week:

  • The Abuja Gateway Consortium filed a suit against the Federal Government. The consortium won a bid in 2006 to develop Abuja Airport, but the contract was annulled and is now awarded to Chinese investors.
  • Kebbi State has approved a sum of N13.6 billion to upgrade the state-owned airstrip at Ambursa to the status of international airport. The expansion of the runway and construction of a new terminal will be done by CGC and should be ready in March 2013.
  • A Qatar Airways A330 coming from Doha made an emergency landing at Lagos Airport on 29 September, after discovering a minor landing gear problem.
  • Hawker Beechcraft sold 26 aircraft in Nigeria between 2007 and 2011 (11 percent of their African market).
  • The Nigerian Navy acquired a Bell 206 Jet Ranger (NN 10) for training purposes.
  • CHC is planning to re-enter the Nigerian market. It will operate AW139/S76 helicopters in partnership with Jagal.
  • SkyBird Air is not only operating three Do328Jets but also a Gulfstream GIV (probably 5N-BOD; ex-5N-FGP).
  • Dana Air has begun test flights ahead of their resumption of commercial services. It seems the airline will retain its corporate identity.
  • FirstNation Airways appears to have resumed flights between Lagos and Abuja with one A320, although flights cannot be booked through their website. Associated Aviation also continues to operate scheduled flights to Akure and Benin. This article analysing the decrease of capacity and increase of air fares over the past months, however, claims that both airlines are currently not operating any flights.
  • The Federal Government has replaced the top management of various aviation agencies.
  • Overall, the volume of air cargo traffic in Nigeria grew in 2011, but designated cargo airports such as Ilorin and Owerri didn’t record a single cargo flight last year.
  • A new issue of Arik Wings is available online.

This week’s update

Short updates:

  • An interesting analysis of the aviation markets in Nigeria and Ghana. This is also a good commentary on the state of Nigerian aviation.
  • The Nigerian Senate has ordered Lufthansa to pay N2.19 billion, being the amount of royalty accrued to the Federal Government from its flight operations from 2009 to October 2011.
  • The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has called for an investigation by the EFCC into FAAN’s financial management.
  • The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)  may request assistance from the EFCC to recover about N22 billion in debts, owed by past and present domestic airlines.
  • Harold Demuren has been reappointed as Director General of the NCAA.
  • There were bomb scares at Lagos and Abuja Airports this week.
  • Lagos State Government has commenced work on the development on the Lekki-Epe International Airport.
  • Bayelsa State inaugurated an Airport Development Committee to speed up the construction of an airport in the state.
  • The governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, allegedly acquired a helicopter for himself. The governor already owns two light aircraft and plans to a construct an airstrip near his home village. Meanwhile, the Taraba State Government will soon launch a commercial airline, Air Taraba will have Jalingo Airport as its home base.
  • SkyBird Air – a Dornier 328Jet operator – is still awaiting its AOC to commence operations. The airline is apparently owned by a former governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, of Borno State.
  • A Dana Air aircraft (5N-SRI) coming from Uyo made an emergency landing at Lagos Airport on 10 May 2012,  following a ‘loss of hydraulic pressure’.
  • The Air Expo organised by the Nigerian Air Force to mark its 48th anniversary will start next week, 15 May 2012, at Kaduna Air Force Base.
  • The Nigerian Navy plans to establish a Naval Aviation Training School in Ilorin Airport, Kwara State.