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By virtue of Section 8 (3) of Civil Aviation Act 2022, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is the sole civil aviation regulatory body in Nigeria; this is notwithstanding anything contained in any other law.
It became autonomous with the passing into law of the Civil Aviation Act 2022 by the National Assembly and its assent by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Act not only empowers the Authority to regulate Aviation Safety without political interference but to also carry out oversight functions of Airports, Airspace, Meteorological Services, etc as well as economic regulations of the industry.
While its VISION is to be one of the leading Civil Aviation Authority in the world, the Authority’s MISSION is to provide aviation safety and economic regulatory services in the most efficient, most effective, quality technologically- driven manner to the satisfaction and benefit of all stakeholders, consistent with highest international standards and sustainable development of the industry and national economy.
A series of well- coordinated procedures and rules used NCAA in ensuring safety and economic regulatory standards in the aviation industry include Inspection, Operation, Certification, Licensing, Monitoring, Sanction and Enforcement.
Currently, the country has about 31 airports. There are about 39 AOC holders (for schedule and non- schedule flight operations) while about 28 foreign airlines are operating to Nigeria.
Going by the Licence Crew Data (for current active crew) as at February, 2019: License Pilots, 2133; Certification of validation for Pilots, 175; Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence, 1659; Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence with validation, 24; Aircraft Dispatchers’ Licence, 588; Air Traffic Controllers (ATC), 372; Cabin Crew Licence, 2343; Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel Licence, 430; and Aeronautical Station Operators’ Licence, 105.
Nigeria now boasts of improved aviation infrastructural facilities at the airports’ state of the art navigational aids, modern weather forecasting equipment and highly skilled manpower to ensure safety and comfort of the flying public.
Airlines have continued to bring in brand new aircraft to the industry 737-700 new generation, Regional Jet CRJ 400/900, Dash 8-400Q, Business Jet/Turboprop, Helicopters, B777, Dreamliner B787, Jumbo Jet Boeing 747-400 series as well as brand new Regional Jet Embraer.