By Patrick Aigbokhan
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned all operators of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) to ensure they always obtain Aviation Height Clearance (AHC), Permits and Licences before construction of high rise structures.
The warning came on the heels of the Civil Aviation Act. 2006 Part IX (30) (L), which empowers the Authority to prohibit, regulate and remove any structure which, by virtue of its height or position, is considered to endanger the safety of aircraft operations.
Others affected by the warning are landing facilities owners, stakeholders and the general public.
In a statement signed by Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations,
NCAA, the authority said the permits and Licences are to be obtained before the construction of Tower, Telecommunication Masts, High Rise Buildings/Structures and Landing facilities.
These landing facilities include construction of Helipad/Helideck for civil use and Heliports.
The authority said, “In addition, the Civil Aviation Act. 2006 Part IX (30) (K) stipulates that the Authority will grant and certify licences for the construction of Helipads, Helidecks, and Heliports.
“It is therefore an exercise in illegality to operate into a heliport (surface level, elevated or helideck) without the approval of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
“On the other hand, for those who want to renew their heliport certificate, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) Part 12.10.6 highlights that Heliports operators are required to commence the process of renewal of Heliport Certificate not less than 90 days to the date of expiration of the certificate.”
NCAA says it is compelled to issue this warning as part of its oversight responsibilities which is principally safety and security of flight operations in and out of Nigerian airspace.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will therefore view very seriously and run the rule over any violation of these safety measures. All stakeholders should be guided,” the authority said.
By Patrick Aigbokhan