In order to re-validate the Category One safety rating on Nigeria, a four – man team from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected in the country this month.
Spokesman of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Sam Adurogboye said in Lagos on Monday the team comprising Louis Alvarez, the leader and others, Benjamin Garrido and Jeffrey Klang will for a week conduct re- certification audit on NCAA.
FAA last visited Nigeria in 2014 and carried out similar exercise to ascertain the level of compliance of the NCAA and Nigeria with prescribed standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The objective of the audit will include assessment and level of compliance of Nigeria with international regulations as it affects general aviation policy, procedure, aircraft maintenance organisation and flight operations.
Adurogboye said the team will utilise the checklist approved for International Aviation Safety Assessment ( IASA) already mailed to NCAA.
The template for the checklist include critical elements on aviation legislation ; regulation; organisation ;technical staff , quality and training . Others are technical guidance tools; licensing certification ,approval, continuous surveillance and resolution of safety concerns.
He said the FAA team will use Medview Airlines as reference operators , even as the NCAA has activated its audit team under the Flight Standard Group to facilitate the exercise.
Adurogoye said: ” The mission of FAA is to assess the states’ aviation law, regulations and oversight capability in accordance with the eight critical elements as defined in ICAO document 9734. The NCAA is expected to complete the latest IASA checklist and return completed form to FAA before the team’s arrival.
“The FAA team will visit the maintenance organisation of Medview Airlines and any other necessary airline operator. The director general has therefore activated the standing audit team and they have swung into action. Meetings are being held in readiness for the exercise to ensure a successful outing. The director general has assured Nigerians that NCAA would acquit itself successfully as usual . There will be a de- briefing at the end of the exercise and a written report will be sent from the FAA headquarter to the NCAA thereafter.”