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This week’s update

Weekly updates:

  • The renovated terminal at Kano Airport will be commissioned today.
  • Aero is yet to resolve its conflict with the labour unions over recent cost cutting measures. Flight operations are still suspended.
  • Fola Akinkuotu is nominated as new director-general of the NCAA by the presidency. Akinkuoto is currently the rector of the International Aviation College, Ilorin.
  • The Senate is planning to review all Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) to put an end to ‘the ongoing rip-off of Nigerians by foreign airlines’.
  • Nigeria will soon sign a BASA with Israel. Pilgrims travelling to Israel may be able to fly directly to Tel Aviv later this year.
  • Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) signed a deal with a Chinese company to build new airport terminals at Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt. Construction work will start in June this year.
  • Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), which holds stakes in Arik Air, Aero and Chanchangi Airlines, is hopeful it will recover its investments, and is willing to sale its interests in the airlines.
  • The Presidential Amnesty Office announced that it is planing to train 200 aircraft and helicopter pilots under its youth empowerment programme.
  • Kano State will train a 100 pilots at the Mideast Aviation Academy in Jordan.
  • OAS Helicopters is planning to start serving the upstream oil and gas sector. It signed a deal with Gulf Helicopter Company from Qatar to provide suitable helicopters and technical expertise.

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Osun State leases helicopter from OAS

The Osun State Government has leased the AS-355N Ecureuil 2 (5N-BPX) recently acquired by OAS Helicopters. Officially, the helicopter will be deployed for aerial surveillance by the state’s police and for medical emergencies. But, as in the case of Rivers State and Lagos State, the helicopter will most likely be used for VIP transport and charter services.

Osun State / OAS Helicopters - AS-355N Ecureuil 2 - (5N-BPX)

Osun State / OAS Helicopters – AS-355N Ecureuil 2 – (5N-BPX)

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

Business and private jets based in Nigeria

In recent months, wild guesses have been made in the Nigerian press about the number of private and corporate jets based in Nigeria and/or owned by Nigerians. The NCAA will not provide the accurate numbers, but a list of identified active private and business jets is provided below. The list is not complete and might not be entirely accurate, but it does show that the numbers circulating in the press are slightly exaggerated.

Aircraft on the Nigerian register:

  • Boeing 737-700/BBJ (5N-FGT) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Dassault Falcon 7X (5N-FGU) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Dassault Falcon 7X (5N-FGV) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Gulfstream G550 (5N-FGW) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Gulfstream GV (5N-FGS) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Cessna Citation II (NAF 050) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (5N-RSG) – Rivers State Government
  • Embraer EMB145LR (5N-BJM) – Bauchi State Government / Associated Aviation
  • Embraer EMB145EU (5N-BOZ) – Taraba State Government / Air Taraba / OAS Helicopters
  • Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel + (5N-HAR) – Nigeria Police
  • Cessna 525C CitationJet CJ4 (5N-DIA) – Nigeria Customs Service
  • HS 125-700 (5N-AVK) – Nigerian Airspace Management Agency
  • Hawker 4000 (5N-NOC) – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • BAe 125-800 (5N-NPC) – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • Hawker 800A (5N-BNE) – King Airline
  • Hawker 800A (5N-BMR) – King Airline
  • Hawker 800XP (5N-BNM) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Learjet 45 (5N-BLW) – ARM Investment Managers / Associated Aviation / Hangar8
  • BAe 125-700 (5N-BFC) – Associated Aviation
  • BAe 125-700 (5N-DAO) – Associated Aviation
  • Hawker 800XP (5N-JMA) – Arik Air
  • Hawker 800XP (5N-JMB) – Arik Air
  • Learjet 45XR (5N-LDM) – MaxAir
  • Gulfstream GIV (5N-BOD) – SkyBird Air
  • Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel (5N-BJS) – Pan African Airlines
  • Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel (5N-BOQ) – Pan African Airlines
  • Learjet 45 (5N-DAL) – Dana Air
  • BAe 125-600 (5N-EMA) – M. Adenuga / Southern Air – stored at Lagos
  • Hawker 800A (5N-QTS) – S. Iwuajoku / Quits Aviation
  • Hawker 800XP (5N-IZY) – A. Izinyon / Izy Air
  • Cessna 550 Citation Bravo (5N-IZZ) – Izy Air
  • BAe 125-700 (5N-BEX) – A. Dangote
  • BAe 125-1000 (5N-DGN) – A. Dangote
  • Gulfstream GII (5N-BGV) – R. Okorocha – for sale
  • Gulfstream GIV (5N-PZE) – A. Eze / Oranto Oil / Triax Airlines
  • Hawker 800 (5N-BMT) – Ocean and Marine
  • BAe 125-800 (5N-BOO) – unidentified – stored
  • Dassault Falcon 900 (5N-FGE) – unidentified – stored
  • Dassault Falcon 900 (5N-BOH) – unidentified – stored

Foreign registered aircraft based in Nigeria:

  • Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) – Rivers State Government
  • Gulfstream G450 (N224BH) – Akwa Ibom State Government
  • Hawker 800XP (N664AC) – TaK Aviation / TaK Continental
  • Hawker 800XP (N500AZ) – Azikel Air
  • Hawker 900XP (ZS-SME) – TopBrass Aviation
  • Hawker 900XP (ZS-KBS) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Hawker 4000 (N412TF) – SkyPower Express Airways
  • Dassault Falcon 900EX (N512TF) – SkyPower Express Airways
  • Cessna 525 CitationJet Cj1+ (N224BA) – SkyPower Express Airways
  • Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign (N2208L) – United Bank of Africa
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (M-ANGA) – MaxAir
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (ZS-LRK) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (ZS-UBS) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Learjet 45XR (ZS-KAA) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Learjet 60 (VP-BOD) – Caverton Helicopters – for sale
  • Airbus A318 Elite (VP-CKH) – Harry Akande
  • Bombardier Challenger 604 (VP-BJM) – M. Adenuga / Southern Air
  • Bombardier Global Express XRS (VP-CNA) – M. Adenuga / Southern Air
  • Bombardier Global Express XRS (VQ-BJA) – A. Johnson
  • Bombardier Global Express XRS (VP-CEO) – F. Alakija
  • Bombardier Global Express XRS (N104DA) – A. Dangote
  • Learjet 45 (N104DN) – A. Dangote
  • Dassault Falcon 2000LX (M-DARA) – Dangote Group / Dansa Juice
  • Bombardier Challenger 300 (VQ-BMJ) – Executive Jets Services – for sale
  • Bombardier Challenger 605 (3B-RGT) – GTBank / Executive Jets Services / OSA Aviation
  • Bombardier Challenger 605 (N605GF) – J. Ibrahim / Global Fleet
  • Bombardier Challenger 605 (VP-CSI) – I. Sanomi / Gembrook Energy Projects
  • Dassault Falcon 50 (M-SNSS) – S. Tommey / Osmoserve Global
  • Hawker 800A (N118KL) – M. Lawal / ACE / CAMAC Aviation / West Link Airlines
  • Hawker 900XP (N638MA) – Midway Airlines / Okin Travels
  • Hawker 900XP (M-SAPT) – T.Y. Danjuma / SAPETRO Aviation
  • Bombardier Challenger 605 (M-SAPL) – T.Y. Danjuma / SAPETRO Aviation
  • Hawker 900xp (ZS-SGV) – J. Okoloko / Notore Chemical Industries
  • Gulfstream GIV (N990EA) – E. Azudialu / Nestoil
  • Gulfstream GIV (N52MK) – M. Indimi / Oriental Energy Resources
  • Gulfstream GIV (M-PZPZ) – A. Eze / Triax Airlines
  • Gulfstream GV (M-USBA) – Namco Nigeria / Shukra
  • Gulfstream G550 (N169SD) – S. Dantata / MRS Group – for sale
  • Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ (N5UD) – Dantata
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (N357TE) – I. Rabiu / BUA Group
  • Dassault Falcon 7X (VP-BGG) – Chagoury Group
  • Gulfstream GIV (N707EA) – E. Adeboye / Emmanuel Aviation
  • Bombardier Challenger 601 (N431CB) – A. Oritsejafor
  • Bombardier Challenger 604 (N664D) – D. Oyedepo / Dominion Air / World Mission Agency
  • Hawker 800XP (ZS-PCY) – Oando / Triton Aviation
  • Hawker 900XP (ZS-BOT) – Oando / Triton Aviation / Hangar8
  • Hawker 4000 (ZS-ZOT) – Oando / Triton Aviation / Hangar8
  • Bombardier Challenger 300 (VP-BJT) – Triton Aviation

Private and corporate propeller aircraft:

  • Beechcraft 1900D (5N-WCI) – Dominion Air
  • Beechcraft 1900D (5N-MPA) – Mobil Nigeria
  • Beechcraft 350 King Air (5N-MPB) – Mobil Nigeria
  • Beechcraft 1900D (5N-MPN) – Mobil Nigeria
  • Beechcraft 350 King Air (N404SA) – Dantata / MRS Group
  • Beechcraft 350 King Air (5N-FLS) – Julius Berger
  • Beechcraft 350 King Air (5N-FLY) – Julius Berger
  • Beechcraft 200 King Air (5N-IHS) – Wings Aviation – stored at Lanseria
  • Cessna 208A Caravan I Amphibian (5N-BIW) – Pan African Airlines
  • Pilatus PC-12 (5N-BNG) – Bala Ibn Na’Allah
  • Piper Aztec PA-23 (5N-BGZ) – Africa Contracts and Equipment / MishAviation

Corporate and private helicopters:

  • Agusta A109S Grand (M-AZKL) – Azikel Air
  • Sikorsky S-76C (5N-BQG) – Nestoil

Updates, additions and corrections are appreciated.

Please note that various foreign charter companies are also active on the Nigerian market, such as VistaJet, Hangar8, Empire Aviation Group, Elit’Avia, FAI rent-a-jet, National Airways Corporation, TAG Aviation, AVjet Corporation, and AmJet Executive. Their aircraft are not included in the list above. The same goes for the foreign registered aircraft operated by JetAlliance (Austria/Germany) for Prime Air Services and Izy Air.

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This week’s update

This week’s round-up:

  • Aviation in Nigeria Blog is now on twitter: twitter.com/avinngblog
  • The Azikel Group has launched a charter airline called Azikel Air. The Bayelsa State-based company operates a Hawker 800XP (N500AZ; ex-N919RT), and plans to commence scheduled operations in the near future.
  • A new Hawker 900XP (N638MA) is now based at Lagos. It appears to replace the Lagos-based Beechcraft B350 with the same registration. Both aircraft are operated by Midway Airlines, likely owned by Michael Ade-Ojo of Elizade Motors or Adesoye of by E.O. Adesoye Okin Holdings.
  • It seems that apart from Executive Jets Services (Aliko Dangote) and Southern Air (Mike Adenuga), several other private aircraft owners in Nigeria have created charter airlines, such as Midway Airlines, AirFirst Nigeria, Gyro Air, Triax Airlines, et cetera.
  • Ifeanyi Ubah has acquired an Embraer Legacy 650 according to the rumour mill. Has anyone spotted the aircraft yet?
  • The Dantata family, however, has put its G550 (N169SD), which recently received a new paint job, up for sale.
  • King Airline has launched a new website. The charter airline operates two Hawker 800As (5N-BMR – in new colours – and 5N-BNE).
  • Taraba State has contracted OAS Helicopters to operate the EMB 145 (5N-BOZ) destined for Air Taraba. It seems the aircraft will be used for charter rather than scheduled operations to Jalingo.
  • Associated Aviation have suspended all charter operations. The Learjet 45 (5N-BLW) is now operated by Hangar8.
  • Overland Airways announced at the acceptance ceremony of its first ATR 72-200 that it has five more ATR 72s on order, of which one is being prepared for delivery in Toulouse. Reportedly, the airline is also expecting to lease B737-800 in order to expand its domestic operations.
  • The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will soon launch its Safety Management System Dashboard, which will enable the NCAA to monitor all Nigerian registered aircraft equipped with satellite based tracking solutions and data collection hardware.
  • Airports across the country have been equipped with forty new fire trucks, but more than a 1000 firefighters are needed in the coming years.
  • FAAN has concluded plans to expand the apron of the cargo terminal at Lagos Airport next year.
  • The Nigerian Senate/House committee on aviation has passed several resolutions: it requested the EFCC to recover a fine of $235 million from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic for price-fixing, it advised against granting Arik Air the status of national carrier, it will investigate why Aero’s aircraft frequently have technical issues, and it ordered an investigation into why the Minister of Aviation has refused international airlines landing rights at Kano Airport and favours the southern regions of the country over the northern. The Minister has denied the last two allegations in a response; in fact, Turkish Airlines have been granted permission to operate into Kano.
  • Dana Air has given an update on the measures it took to obtain a new AOC.
  • Chanchangi Airlines is planning to make a re-start, as one of its B737-300s (5N-BMB) returned from maintenance in South Africa today. More details to follow soon.
  • The Federal Government is still planning to create a pool of thirty aircraft for the domestic airlines before the end of the year, but it’s not realistic to expect the national carrier to be launched this year. Reportedly, the approached foreign carriers declined to enter into a deal with the Federal Government.
  • A Reuters reporter wrote a background article on the financial problems in the Nigerian aviation industry. It’s worth reading although nothing new is in it.

OAS Helicopters acquire a new AS355N Ecureuil 2

OAS Helicopters have acquired a new Eurocopter Eurocopter AS355N Ecureuil 2 (Twin Squirrel) (5N-BPD) helicopter. It’s the second helicopter in the fleet, next to sister ship 5N-BLI, an AS350 B2.

OAS Helicopters – AS355N Twin Squirrel – 5N-BPD

The company lost two helicopters in fatal accidents in 2006 (5N-BHU) and 2011 (5N-BKA).

OAS Helicopter launched a new website too, and mother company Odengene Air Shuttle aims to serve as a middle ground between commercial airplane lessor (in Europe and United States) and lessee in West Africa.