By Patrick Aigbokhan
No fewer than 21 Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have successfully completed the NCAA/ICAO – Endorsed Government Safety Inspectors (GSI) Airworthiness Course.
The aim of the course is to ensure airworthiness Inspectors develop additional proficiency in the processes and procedures of certificating an applicant for Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC).
In a statement signed Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Pubic Relations, NCAA, he noted that the course covers the five phases of the certification process and the airworthiness Inspector’s role in each phase.
The course was held at the NCAA Training Centre, (HQ Annex)from the May 15 to June 2, 2017.
Adurogboye said, “Nigeria is a signatory to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and it is expedient for NCAA to implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Eight Critical Elements on safety.
“Therefore, this course is part of the cardinal efforts of the Regulatory Authority to establish, implement and sustain an effective safety oversight system in the aviation industry in Nigeria.
“This 14 – day, one hundred and twenty (120) academic hours course was delivered in modules. Part One of the course covered the AMO’s Certification and it consist of eight (8) modules.
Part Two covered AOC’s certification and contains eleven (11) modules. Each part covered the five phases of certification which are as follows- Pre-application, Formal Application, Document Evaluation, Demonstration/Inspection and Certification phases.”
According to the statement, each module of the course commenced with a traditional lecture, covering the concepts and procedures for each Inspectors’ task within each certification phase.
It concluded with a mastery test which provided the trainees with an opportunity to apply what they learnt under simulated conditions.
NCAA however ensured that it will continue to embark on human capacity building through effective professional development and relevant training.
“These NCAA/ICAO Endorsed Government Safety Inspectors (GSI) will enhance safety and security of air transport in Nigeria. In addition, the process of obtaining certification from NCAA is now robust, seamless and in real time,” the statement said.