NCAA SUSPENDS PILOT’S LICENSE, ORDERS HIM TO TAKE AIR LAW EXAMS
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended forthwith the License of a Pilot with one of the schedule commercial air operators in Nigeria.
In addition, the Pilot is required to sit for and pass the Air Law examination without which the License may not be restored.
These sanctions were consequent upon a spot check conducted on the operating aircraft on the 14th of March, 2017.
During the check on Bell 206B Helicopter with Registration Marks 5N-BQW, the NCAA’s Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) observed the following violations.
The Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) of the aircraft will expire on the 5th of April, 2017.The aircraft had been operated with hydrostatic servo actuator, retention strap, landing gear float bottles, landing gear float and crash position indicator battery which were due for overhaul/inspection.
As a result of these findings, the aircraft was declared unairworthy and promptly grounded by the Authority on 15th March, 2017.
However, on the 31st May, 2017, another spot check was conducted on the aircraft at the Nigerian Air Force NAF Base, Port Harcourt. It was revealed that the aircraft was flown in an unairworthy condition in flagrant disregard of the order grounding the aircraft.
The aircraft grounded on the 15th of March, 2017, carried out illegal operations on the 27th February,2017 (CCWT-CCWT),17th March,2017 (DNPO-WARRI) and 6th April,2017 (DNSU-WARRI).The last flight was conducted after the airline’s C of A had expired on the 5th of April,2017.
Therefore, the Pilot flew the unairworthy aircraft on these dates as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) and failed to make an entry of the flight he undertook on the 9th of April, 2017 on the Logbook.
The Pilot has violated the provisions of Part 126.96.36.199(a)(b),188.8.131.52(a),184.108.40.206(a) and 220.127.116.11(d) of the Nig.CARs 2015.
Sequel to these infractions, a Letter of Investigation (LOI) was issued to the Pilot on the 4th June, 2017.In addition, a Regulator/Operator meeting was scheduled and held on the 6th June, 2017.This meeting was a platform for the Pilot to harness his response and defence for the violations.
On the other hand, the defence and submissions were properly scrutinised and found unacceptable.
Therefore, in accordance with IS 1.3.3 Table 2(6) (s), IS 1.3.3.Table II (3) (f) of the Nig.CARs 2015, the Pilot’s License has been suspended for 180 days. This takes effect from the date of receipt of NCAA’s Letter of Sanction.
Furthermore, the Pilot is required to sit for and pass the Air Law examination as a prerequisite for restoration of his License.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will continue to provide a robust regulation for the industry and similarly expects strict compliance with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations by the all the operating airlines.
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