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Aviation authority suspends Skypower Express, 14 aircraft for violations


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has suspended the aircraft leasing operations of the air operator’s certificate of Sky Power Express Airways Nigeria Limited for non-compliance with the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations Part 9.2.3.4(b).



 The operations of 14 private charter aircraft were also suspended by the regulatory body.



 The NCAA disclosed this in a letter addressed to the managing director of Sky Power Express Airways Nig, a copy of which was seen by our correspondent.



 The letter, dated June 30, 2020 with reference number NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/129, was signed by the NCAA Director-General, Musa Nuhu, with the title ‘Suspension of the Ops Specs Part G (aircraft leasing operations) of your organisation’s air operator’s certificate.’



 It said, “The NCARS Part 9.2.3.4(b) refers to wet leasing aircraft, and states: (b) No holder of an AOC issued under this Part 9 may allow another entity or air operator to conduct wet-lease operations on its behalf (a wet lease in) unless – (1) That air operator holds an AOC or its equivalent from a contracting state that authorises those operations;



 “(2) The AOC holder advises the authority of such operations and provides a copy of the AOC under which the operation was conducted; (3) Such operation does not exceed a period of 12 months and (4) The authority approves the operations.



 “Be informed that by this action, your organisation ceases to exercise all the privileges associated with Part G authorisation.”



 The NCAA also said the operations of some aircraft listed on the Part G of the firm’s operations specifications had been suspended pending a full audit of the firm and compliance with all the relevant regulations.



 The aircraft include Hawker 800XP: N838BB; Hawker 800XP: N552ME; Hawker800XP: N749WW; Hawker800XP: ZS-EXG; CL604-D-ANGB; CL604-T7-NMN; CL601-N580KR, and Gulfstream 200-N100EK, according to the letter.



Others affected were CL604-N605JA, operated by Jedidiah Air; CL604-N880ET, operated by OmniBlu; G.IV-N990EA, operated by NestOil; CL601-N253LA, operated by West Link Airlines; G1159A-N313MS, operated by Izy Air, and CL604-G-FABO, operated by Jet Support Services.



The NCAA boss said CL604-N604WL, operated by West Link Airlines, was erroneously included in the audit list and was released with immediate effect.
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