We Are Ready for FAA Category One Reassessment,Says NCAA

By Chuks Okoh

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA, says the agency is set for the reassessment of Federal Aviation Administration Category One status slated to commence Monday.

A media release signed by the acting director general of NCAA Engr Benedict Adeyileka stated that the four man team from the United States FAA will be in the country for the next five days to carry out assessment of NCAA’s compliance with applicable sections of ICAO standards contained in Annexes 1,6 and 8 as a result of the eight critical elements of a state safety oversight as described in the ICAO document 9734 A.

According to Engr Adeyileka, the team will use the current International Aviation Safety Assessment IASA checklist and ICAO guidance material during the assessment.
The eight critical elements are, primary aviation legislation, specific operating regulations, state civil aviation system and safety oversight functions and technical personnel qualification and training.

Other critical elements include, technical guidance and tools, licensing and certification obligations, surveillance obligations and resolution of safety concerns.

The D G explained that in preparation for the visit that NCAA has provided responses to the checklist and forwarded it to the FAA team leader.

Engr Adeyileka stated that the team will also visit Arik Air and its facilities as the airline currently operates directly into and out of the continental USA which was used for their initial IASA category one assessment in 2010.

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