December 7, 2021

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For civil aviation to thrive, General Aviation holds the aces- Capt. Musa Nuhu

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Spraying of water on a plantation

As the air transport industry is groaning and struggling barely to survive as the current indices indicated, General Aviation has been fingered as possessing the elixir that will hasten the drag and lift of the industry from its barely surviving position to the situation where it will thrive and prosper.

Capt Musa Nuhu, Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, gave the hint in a chat with the leadership of the League of Aviation and Airports Correspondents, LAAC, in his Lagos office, over the weekend.

He expressed delight that the National Assembly is presently tinkering with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Act, which is the precursor to the necessary adjustment to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations,NCAR, which will ultimately create the enabling environment for General Aviation to flourish and in turn impact schedule commercial passenger service and charter

The DG noted that the civil aviation act as its presently is, lumped together conditions precedent to start passenger air service and that of simple general aviation such as mere spraying of farm plantation with insecticide.

LEFT: Mr Segun Koiki, Chairman, LAAC, Capt Musa Nuhu, DG, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, GM, PR, NCAA, Abuja

For example, Capt Nuhu frowned at an aspect of the present civil aviation act in use since 2006 which required “somebody flying corporate and small plane carrying 10 people and you are asking for the same requirements from a Boeing 777 going to Dubai. It doesn’t make sense.”

He explained further that when the national assembly finally passed the new act with it into law, NCAA will have a clearer picture of its task and better understanding of its mandate.

Nuhu revealed that immediately the new act is signed, “next will be the need to de-clutter and unbundle our regulations so that the requirements from general aviation is set out differently from the requirements for the airlines”, he said.

He emphasized that “they are not the same risk. So, we need to unbundle those regulations. General Aviation could be Chartered flights, agric spraying, small tourism aircraft, ambulance and others”.

Fire fighting A DC-10 Tanker with the U.S. Forest Service demonstrates a water drop during “Thunder Over The Empire Air Fest” at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.,

The DG opined that with the new civil aviation act in place, “we will need to de-clutter and unbundle our regulations so that the requirements from general aviation is different from the requirements of the airlines. They are not the same risk”, he volunteered.

Musa Nuhu explained that General Aviation could be Chartered flights, agric spraying, small tourism aircraft, ambulance and others.

The Chief Regulator described General Aviation as the basis of any successful aviation industry in any clime.

He enthused that the successful aviation industry in any country has a good General Aviation which provides the pool of experienced pilots which feed passenger airlines and provide experienced management staff and engineers for the commercial airlines.

He explained that such a swift manner of personnel integration is an advantage to the airlines who will eventually employ those personnel and would have to spend less on training since those being employed would not be greenhorn because they already would have acquired some level of experience and not direct from flying school.

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