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Update: Private jets owners given 90 days ultimatum

 ANTHONY OMOH 
A 90 days ultimatum has been given to Private Jet’s owners to come up with their operational preference in furtherance of the Ministry of Aviation’s calculated efforts to streamline their operations and make sure they comply with the ministry’s directive.
This ultimatum was given at the conclusion of a meeting between the officials of the Ministry of Aviation and the stakeholders in the General Aviation sector which include all the owners and operators of private jets.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Alhaji Mohammed Abass, gave the ultimatum after the meeting which lasted for several hours at Abuja.
As part of the unanimous decisions at the meeting, the blanket ban upon the operators of foreign registered privately operated aircraft in the country has been lifted with conditions attached.
As earlier indicated, the 90 days ultimatum is one of the conditions, during which it is expected that all operators would have regularise their documentation to specify their choice of operation.
However, during this moratorium, it is still subsisting that no private Jet owner will be allowed to surreptitiously convert his Jet for commercial purposes.

At the end, it was agreed by all present at the meeting that any violator during the ultimatum and at expiry will be visited with much more stiffer penalties than earlier earmarked.


NCAA reads out sanctions to erring private jet owners

Grounding, immediate impound of the aircraft and a mandatory fine of US$100,000 for the aircraft’s release awaits all owners of foreign registered privately operated aircraft in the country who have failed to regularize their documentation in conformity with their operational status.
 These sanctions were issued from the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Usman, who has said he is ready to commence the regime of stipulated sanctions on the erring operators which also included revocation of operating licensing.

Capt. Muhtar Usman

According to him, the sanctions will include grounding of operations, revocation of license and outright seizure of aircraft forthwith. The use of these operators’ aircraft for commercial operations is at variance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation, Nig.CARs 9.1.1.4[a][b] which is tantamount to gross violation. 
However, a committee was set up by the Minister of Aviation; Chief Osita Chidoka to take a holistic appraisal of their operations recommended a mandatory payment of US$100,000 fine will be required to secure the release of the aircraft, a line the regulators may toe. 
The DG therefore reiterated his warning that all private operators that have been issued with NCAA’s Flight Operations Clearance Certificate {FOCC} and Maintenance Clearance Certificate [MCC] in line with Nig.CARs 8.2.1.9, are by these certification authorized to operate within Nigeria strictly for private operation only and not for hire and reward. 
It is on this strength that Captain Usman has declared his preparedness to revoke the operating license of any identified defaulting private operator. 

The DG has therefore with this directive, provided a window of opportunity for all foreign registered privately operated aircraft owners to regularize their documentation. This will enable them operate a legitimate commercial operation in line with the Authority’s regulation if they so desire.

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