FAAN Boss frowns at illegal tenants in Enugu Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has berated illegal residents in on-the-air field in Enugu International Airport.

The Managing Director, FAAN, Hamisu Rabiu urged the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to take prompt action on the immediate evacuation of the residents for safety concern.

He made this known during the inspection tour of the Airports in Enugu state recently.

“We are aware of those living “on the air field” near the airport and this is uncalled for.

“The Governor should take prompt action on the matter as usual because the issue of illegal residents is very much of safety concern and risky” MD said.

He appreciated the Enugu state Governor for  fulfilling his promise to address the identified challenges that hitherto posed a threat to the safety of air travelers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Capt. Hamisu  said that they were satisfied with the interventions made so far by his administration, such as the relocation of the Orie Emene market, abattoir, and the dismantling of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) Radio/TV Mast, which the Managing Director, Mr. Chukwuma Ogbonna, promised during the inspection, will be completed in the next one month.

The Principal disclosed that the issue of relocating the ENPOWER Free Trade Zone, adjacent to the runway of the airport, has been resolved with the management of the establishment, which was confirmed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Engr. Emeka Eneh, during the inspection.

According to him, “the required land that FAAN wants to protect is secured” for safety and security.
“We are happy with that and ENPOWER Free Trade Zone are also happy that with the remaining land, they can still go ahead with their initiative and develop the land” He said.

The MD further disclosed that the engineering team of FAAN and its consultant from the Federal Ministry of Aviation will “very soon commence a comprehensive exercise to make sure that our passengers are safe”. 

The FAAN boss, who maintained that the entire matter has been resolved, adding that the federal government’s agency is working with two solution providers to solve the issue of water scarcity, and equally fence the airport. 

Ugwuanyi, who assured the prompt intervention of the state government, noted that his administration is fully committed to the safety of lives and property as well as the progress of the Enugu international airport. 

The governor added that he had to shelve other official engagements to be with the management of FAAN to ensure that all issues affecting the safety of the airport are resolved expeditiously.

KLM finances a novel aeronautical project


Dutch airline KLM are funding a pioneering aeronautical project which could see the shape and layout of commercial aeroplanes changed forever.

The Guardian reports that the stunning ‘Flying-V’ design has the same wingspan as existing planes and is able to carry up to 314 passengers.

It is named after the iconic Gibson Flying-V electric guitar used by a number of legendary players – from Eddie Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix, to Brian May and Keith Richards.

The concept craft, developed by researchers at Delft Technology University in the Netherlands, flares diagonally backwards from it nose to create the striking V-shape.

Its designers say this unique configuration uses 20 per cent less fuel. The wings would host the passenger space, cargo hold, fuel tanks and all other infrastructure, it is believed.

A pair of turbofan jet engines will be mounted at its rear and the design would drastically reduce both the carbon footprint of air travel and the expenditure on fuel.

The KLM chief executive, Pieter Elbers, refused to reveal the exact extent of the project but it is being heralded as a potential leader in the field of “sustainable aviation initiatives”.

Its size makes it a comparable rival to the traditional Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 and it would be able to use existing gates, hangars and runways.

Its total width is 215ft (65m) and its length will be slightly shorter, at 180 ft (55m). Details of what the inside will look like are scarce but it will inevitably allow for a range of innovative seating arrangements, rooms and fittings.

Lightweight furniture will enable the plane to maximise its gains in fuel efficiency.

Professor Henri Werij, dean of the university’s faculty of aerospace engineering, said the object was to make aviation more sustainable, according to The Times.

“New and energy-efficient aircraft designs such as the Flying-V are important, as are new forms of propulsion. Our ultimate aim is emission-free flight,” Werij said.

The aircraft name is derived from the moniker of the electric guitar developed by Gibson in 1958.

Porter Airlines’ gear tires burst at Hamilton


All main landing gear tires of a Porter Airlines De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 burst during landing on 18 June at Hamilton, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

The aircraft, registration C-GLQB, was operating Porter  flight 458 from Montreal to Billy Bishop Toronto City airport when the “flight crew experienced hydraulic issues and declared an emergency”, the TSB’s aviation incident log says.

The pilots diverted to Hamilton, where they landed on Runway 30. 

“During the rollout after touchdown, all main landing gear tires blew and the aircraft was disabled on the runway,” says the TSB.

No injuries were reported.

“All 59 passengers and four crew are safe and uninjured,” Porter tells FlightGlobal. “The aircraft punctured tires upon landing and stopped on the runway.”

The airline declines to provide additional information.

The aircraft had accumulated 29,700h of flight and 27,700 cycles as of February, Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows.

Bombardier manufactured the aircraft and delivered it to Porter in 2006. De Havilland purchased the Dash 8 programme from Bombardier earlier this month.

What’s Air Peace and AIB bicker over

Air Peace has bickered over with the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) regarding allegations of unreported incidents and accidents by the airline, describing it as a misrepresentation of facts.

The Bureau, responsible for unraveling the cause of incidents and accidents to avert a reoccurrence, alleged that the airline had formed the habit of non-disclosure contrary to provisions of aviation regulations.

The management explained that on the night of May 15, 2019, an Air Peace Boeing 737-300 with registration number 5N-BUK made a hard landing in Lagos on account of sudden change in weather at the point of touch down.

However, the AIB grossly misrepresented the facts when it alluded that the airline only reported the incident, after the Bureau’s team visited its corporate headquarters in Lagos on June 6, 2019, which was about three weeks after the incident.

“Contrary to the press statement issued by the AIB, Air Peace duly notified the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) of the incident on May 16, 2019, before it followed up with a written communication and subsequently filed a Mandatory Occurrence Report (MOR) on May 17, 2019, with reference number APL/QM/279/19. 

“The said MOR filed by the airline was received and signed for by the NCAA on the same date. The airline complied with the statutory time-lime for the filing of MOR,” the airline stated.

Air Peace added that it was still in shock over alleged “deliberate misrepresentation of facts” by the AIB, and questioned the motive behind the press statement.

The airline queried: “Was the press statement intended to scare the flying public against an airline that has consistently demonstrated zero tolerance for unsafe practices?”

The airline also expressed surprise at AIB’s revisit of the incident, which occurred on December 14, 2018, en route Enugu Airport, during which oxygen masks were automatically deployed as a result of change in cabin pressure. The airline said matters related masks dropping during flight is not peculiar to Air Peace, but common to airlines the world over.

Ooni storms Dublin for 2019 TAIF Festival

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Saturday arrived the city of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland to attend the 2019 TAIF International Art & Craft Festival themed ‘Uniting the World While Sustaining African Identity.”

The festival was aimed at enhancing the status of the prestigious African cultural facts and values in the international world.

According to a statement signed by his director of media and public affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, made available to Tribune Online in Osogbo, “Oba Ogunwusi is scheduled to be in the Republic of Ireland between 23rd to 30th June 2019.“He will during the visit meet with his Yoruba subjects and other Africans residing in the European country and also attend to several diplomatic activities toward strengthening the ties between Nigeria and Ireland.

Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II in his status as leading light in Africa and co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) will be involved in activities like paying courtesy call to the Nigerian Embassy in Ireland, visiting selected museums and Ladyswell Shrine, as well as witnessing the formal inauguration of Arole Oodua Competition.

“He will also watch a scheduled football match between Afro Stars FC Vs. St Kelvin FC organised in his honour.

“Other activities include attending the opening ceremony of Tell Africa International Art & Craft Festival 2019, exhibitions, religious interdenominational services as well as attending the grand finale where the King and Exquisite award will be held.”

The statement also added that “the event which is coordinated by TellAfrica, an international cultural media outfit under the chairmanship of the monarch with Ms Gbemisola Bisi-Taiwo as CEO is supported by the House of Oduduwa and it is one among several cultural initiatives geared towards advancing the Yoruba and African culture.”

NAHCON ICT Department Trains States and Tour Operators on e-Registration

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Division of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria yesterday, 17th June 2019, conducted a training program on Electronic Portal Registration for Hajj Tour Operator Companies in Nigeria. 

The event, which took place in Stonehedge Hotel, Abuja dwelt on acquainting participants on the electronic registration process for Nigerian pilgrims using two main platforms: NAHCON’s portal for Hajj Tour Operators’ registration and Licensing and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj portal for Pilgrims registration, the e-track Portal. 

The training exercise was a reflection of the changing technological realities of Hajj operations across the world. 

Participants were drilled on each of the afore-mentioned portals, taken individually as modules. 

There were practical sessions anchored separately by the Acting Head of ICT, Head of Software Application and another practical session on E- Track Portal by Head of Hardware and Networking Infrastructure. 

Similarly, attention of participants was drawn to the importance of National Identity Number as a prerequisite for Hajj registration on both portals, while there were also talks on the need for the Tour Operators to conduct proper medical screening for intending pilgrims before registration for the Hajj is confirmed. 

Finally, a communication platform for continuous interaction and resolution of issues towards successful 2019 Hajj operations was created. 

Participants expressed appreciation to the management of NAHCON for embracing such digital transformations and for its concern in making the process of Hajj registration as seamless as possible. 

Present at the occasion were the Head of Web management, Dep. Dir. Audit who stood in for the Chairman/CEO and Head of Licensing Unit who represented the Commissioner of Operations, NAHCON. 

Other participating members from the Commission were all ICT staff, staff from Admin, licensing and Tour Operators Unit. Also in attendance were the Acting President AHOUN, Zonal Chairmen of Kano & Abuja AHUON branches. 

Ethiopian Airline shirks mishap in Lagos


Traviation Online – Lagos 

An Ethiopian Airline has escaped a mishap in Lagos.

This was made available through a statement on the Official Twitter account of the Federal Airports Authority Of Nigeria (FAAN). 
It said that the flight numbered ET 901 was flying from Addis Ababa to Lagos today.

“An Ethiopian Airline flight numbered ET 901 flying from Addis Ababa to Lagos today escaped a mishap and landed safely at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos” The Statement reads 

Max Air, Medview & FlyNas approved for 2019 hajj

The Federal Government Of Nigeria has acquiesced in three airlines for 2019 Hajj operations.

Max Air Ltd, Medview Airlines Plc, and FlyNas of Saudi Arabia are the approved airlines.

The Chairman of the Commission, Abdullahi Muhammad disclosed this approval during an Airlift Signing Agreement held yesterday at the head office of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Abuja. 

Abdullahi beseeched the approved air carriers to discharge their responsibilities diligently.

He added that they owe a moral responsibility to the pilgrims, God to whom the pilgrims are ‘special guests and a moral duty to the commission for selecting them.

The NAHCON helmsman charged the airline operators to liaise with the necessary security agencies in ensuring safety and security of pilgrims.

Meanwhile, The chairman reiterated that the desire of any pilgrim after the Hajj exercise is early return to the country along with their luggages and Zamzam water; hence, airlines must not compromise standards on luggage dispatch. 

He noted that the carriers should ensure that they scrutinise their staff to guarantee that only honest persons are assigned the task of dealing with pilgrims.

Mr Muhammad also tasked them to review past operations and address observed lapses as a team.

Speaking also, The  Chief Executive Officer of Medview Airlines, Munir Bankole expressed gratitude to the Commission for what the benevolence. 

He also declared their commitment to the discharge of the task ahead of them, whose significance he said, they are well aware of. He prayed to God for a hitch free 2019 Hajj exercise.

Present at the signing agreement are representatives of Medview Airline led by its CEO, Mr Bankole, representatives of Max Air, led by the CEO, Bashir Mangal, and representatives of FlyNas airline, Yasser Ajlan and others who flew in from Saudi Arabia.

The Chairman of the Commission, Abdullahi Muhammad disclosed this approval during an Airlift Signing Agreement held yesterday at the head office of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Abuja. 

Abdullahi beseeched the approved air carriers to discharge their responsibilities diligently.

He added that they owe a moral responsibility to the pilgrims, God to whom the pilgrims are ‘special guests and a moral duty to the commission for selecting them.

The NAHCON helmsman charged the airline operators to liaise with the necessary security agencies in ensuring safety and security of pilgrims.

Meanwhile, The chairman reiterated that the desire of any pilgrim after the Hajj exercise is early return to the country along with their luggages and Zamzam water; hence, airlines must not compromise standards on luggage dispatch. 

He noted that the carriers should ensure that they scrutinise their staff to guarantee that only honest persons are assigned the task of dealing with pilgrims.

Mr Muhammad also tasked them to review past operations and address observed lapses as a team.

Speaking also, The  Chief Executive Officer of Medview Airlines, Munir Bankole expressed gratitude to the Commission for what the benevolence. 

He also declared their commitment to the discharge of the task ahead of them, whose significance he said, they are well aware of. He prayed to God for a hitch free 2019 Hajj exercise.

Present at the signing agreement are representatives of Medview Airline led by its CEO, Mr Bankole, representatives of Max Air, led by the CEO, Bashir Mangal, and representatives of FlyNas airline, Yasser Ajlan and others who flew in from Saudi Arabia.

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The Chairman of the Commission, Abdullahi Muhammad disclosed this approval during an Airlift Signing Agreement held yesterday at the head office of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Abuja. 

Abdullahi beseeched the approved air carriers to discharge their responsibilities diligently.

He added that they owe a moral responsibility to the pilgrims, God to whom the pilgrims are ‘special guests and a moral duty to the commission for selecting them.

The NAHCON helmsman charged the airline operators to liaise with the necessary security agencies in ensuring safety and security of pilgrims.

Meanwhile, The chairman reiterated that the desire of any pilgrim after the Hajj exercise is early return to the country along with their luggages and Zamzam water; hence, airlines must not compromise standards on luggage dispatch. 

He noted that the carriers should ensure that they scrutinise their staff to guarantee that only honest persons are assigned the task of dealing with pilgrims.

Mr Muhammad also tasked them to review past operations and address observed lapses as a team.

Speaking also, The  Chief Executive Officer of Medview Airlines, Munir Bankole expressed gratitude to the Commission for what the benevolence. 

He also declared their commitment to the discharge of the task ahead of them, whose significance he said, they are well aware of. He prayed to God for a hitch free 2019 Hajj exercise.

Present at the signing agreement are representatives of Medview Airline led by its CEO, Mr Bankole, representatives of Max Air, led by the CEO, Bashir Mangal, and representatives of FlyNas airline, Yasser Ajlan and others who flew in from Saudi Arabia.

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The Chairman of the Commission, Abdullahi Muhammad disclosed this approval during an Airlift Signing Agreement held yesterday at the head office of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Abuja. 

TDuring an Airlift Signing Agreement held Monday at the head office of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON ), in Abuja, the chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Muhammad, enjoined the approved air carriers to discharge their responsibilities diligently.

He told them that they owe a moral responsibility to the pilgrims and to God to whom the pilgrims are ‘special guests.’ He said they also owe a moral duty to the commission for selecting them.

Meanwhile, The NAHCON helmsman charged the airline operators to liaise with the necessary security agencies in ensuring safety and security of pilgrims.

He added that the airlines maintain equality of standards in quality service for international client.”

The Chairman reiterated that the desire of any pilgrim after the Hajj exercise is early return to the country along with their luggages and Zamzam water, noting that they must not compromise the standards of luggage dispatch. 

He stated that Carriers must scrutinize their staff to guarantee that only honest persons are assigned the task of dealing with pilgrims.

Mr Muhammad also tasked them to review past operations and address observed lapses as a team.

Speaking also, The Chief Executive Officer of Medview Airlines, Munir Bankole expressed gratitude to the Commission for the benevolence. 

Minor expressed commitment to the discharge of the task ahead, praying for a hitch free 2019 Hajj exercise.

Present at the signing agreement are representatives of Medview Airline led by its CEO, Mr Bankole, representatives of Max Air, led by the CEO, Bashir Mangal, and representatives of FlyNas airline, Yasser Ajlan and others who flew in from Saudi Arabia.


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