The new Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) promulgated in December, 2015, will take effect from 1st July, 2016.
This was contained in a Circular Ref: NCAA/DG/AOL/21/16/01 sent to all Airline Operators last month.
According to a statement issued by Mr Sam Adurogboye general manager public affairs of NCAA, “Whist all operators are in possession of the copies of the Regulations, the interregnum between April and the commencement date is a permissible transitional period. During this time, all stakeholders are expected to acquaint themselves with the contents therein for seamless implementation”
Adurogboye said the process of review was set in motion to align Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) with recent International Civil Aviation Organisations (ICAO) amendments and industry observations received by the Authority.
“In other words, the reviewed Nig.CARs is to ensure a completion of the Annexes. Provisions have therefore been made for economic and consumer protection regulations – that were hitherto not incorporated in the 2009 edition”
According to Adurogboye, in addition, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) decided on the review to standardise the operational procedures, implementation and enforcement in the industry.
“All these have been done in conformity with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as contained in the Annexes to the Chicago Convention.
The new Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2015 has 19 parts comprising General Policies and Definitions; Personnel Licensing; Aviation Training Organisations; Registration and Marketing;Airworthiness;
He said others include Commercial Aircraft Operations used for Specialised Services (Aerial Works); Aerodrome Regulations; Air Navigation Services; Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Air; Environmental Protection Regulations; Aviation Security and Offences.
He enjoined all Airline Operators of Nigeria and all stakeholders to ensure total and sustained adherence to the reviewed Regulations. Any breach would be met with the stipulated sanctions.