Air Safety – AIB Wants Aviation Professionals to Raise Standards

The Commissioner / Chief Executive, Accident Investigations Bureau (AIB), Dr Felix Abali, has said that for Nigeria’s air safety sustainability, aviation professionals in the country must raise the standard, professionalism and efficiency.

He particularly harped on quality Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) as a panacea to avoiding most of the air accidents in Nigeria.

Dr Abali spoke in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State at an event to mark the World Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) day, a copy of which speech was made available to our correspondent in Lagos, said all over the world, the aviation sector is undergoing rapid transformation and becoming more technical intensive and technologically driven.

“I implore the management of NCAA, NCAT and NAMA to train and motivate all AIS staff for effective delivery of the task ahead of them. Capacity development is a vital solution to the growing cases of human factor, which underlies most of the accidents and serious incidents in the aviation industry,” he stated.

He said: “Aeronautical information management is the way forward, not only in Nigeria but globally for the sector to be able to provide its noble role for the effectiveness and efficiency of air navigation. There is no Nigeria aviation. There is only one global aviation, with the same Standards and Recommended Practice (SARPs), with which you must comply assiduously, being the minimum requirements for safe navigation of flight operation.”

In another development, there are indications that the AIB, may soon release the full reports of at least four air crashes that have occurred in the country in the recent past.

A source at AIB said the Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has ordered the release of the findings before May 29, 2015. The impending reports were accidents that occurred between 2006 and 2010.

Source: Daily Trust