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    NCAA Threatens to Sanction Airlines Over Access to Aircraft Cockpit


    The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) has threatened to sanction airline operators and flights crew who allow unauthorised personnel into the cockpit during flight operations.

    The Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, issued the warning in a letter: NCAA/ DG/ AIR/1/11/324 dated Oct. 25 and addressed to accountable managers in Lagos on Wednesday.

    Nuhu decried the worrisome trend and vowed to take action stressing the importance of the aircraft cockpit and staring that it was a sterile working environment for the pilots.

    “It has been brought to the notice of the authority of a worrisome development in which passengers are admitted into the flight deck (cockpit) especially on commercial air transport flights.

    ”Aircraft flight decks are designated sterile working environment and the presence of unauthorised persons is both a distraction to safe flight operations and a potential security.

    “In addition, it is a violation of Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations ( NCARs) 8.5.1.12 and 8.5.1.13.

    ”All operators and flight crews are hereby warned to desist from admitting unauthorised persons into the cockpit during all phases of flight operations with immediate effect,” he said.

    The director general warned that any violation of non-compliance with the directive would result in the imposition of applicable sanctions on both operators and flight crew.

    Meanwhile, the Chairman and CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, has called on the federal government to upwardly review the salaries of NCAA personnel.

    Onyema made the call at the 2021 Brazil-Nigeria Aviation and Defence Trade Forum 2021 organised by the Embassy of Brazil.

    In a statement signed by Air Peace spokesman, Stanley Olisa and made available to newsmen yesterday, Onyema stressed that the salary review is needed for the aviation regulatory body to attract and retain the best talents with the requisite experience and qualifications to discharge their oversight responsibilities efficiently.

    He stated that the agency was not able to poach top talents in the industry because its salary structure is not competitive, adding that the federal government should remove the NCAA from the civil service salary structure.

    Onyema remarked that some of the technical personnel working in the agency are due for retirement and tired but still in service because NCAA cannot afford to hire quality staff to replace them due to relatively poor remuneration.

    "Their salaries should be upwardly reviewed to match the airlines' salary structure, as nobody wants to go there to work but they (current staff) are doing their best, which is very commendable. This is a patriotic call", Onyema said.

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