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NCAA introduces ECCAIRS, new format for bird, wildlife strike reporting

  •  Mandates operators to report within 30 days of occurrence
FOLLOWING the evolution of a new format for Birds/Wildfire strike reporting, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has notified pilots, airports/ airline operators and aircraft engineers of a change in the reporting format to Birds/Wildlife strike.

Bird strikes also known as bird ingestion (for an engine) or bird aircraft strike hazard (BASH) is simply a collision between an airborne animal (most likely a bird) and an aerial vehicle, usually an aircraft while a wildlife strike is a collusion between a mechanical vehicle (aircraft in this case) and animals on the runway, taxiway.

This notification was contained in an advisory circular with reference NCAA/AAS/BHC/04/006/11/132 dated 30th July, 2019 to all airports/airline Operators, Pilots and aircraft Engineers and was signed by the Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, Engr. T. A. Odunowo for DG NCAA.

According to the regulator, the European Coordinating Centre for Accidents and Incidents Reporting System (ECCAIRS) Excel-based format will now be used for ICAO Bird Strike Information System (IBIS) reporting.

In view of the above and in accordance with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) 2015, Part 12.6.23.2 and Aerodrome Standards Manual (ASM), Section 13.2.4.2, it is therefore mandatory that the above listed stakeholders forward to NCAA, Directorate of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS) using the attached IBIS-ECCAIRS form for all Bird and Wildlife strikes at aerodromes on or before thirty (30) days of occurrence for the submission.

According to the CAA, the IBIS-ECCAIRS form can be downloaded at www.icao.int/IBIS and submission can be made to the following email addresses: bird_wildfire@ncaa.gov.ng, mohammed.odunowo@ncaa.gov.ng and Adebayo.opeloyeru@ncaa.gov.ng

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