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Post COVID-19 and your FBO – Facing the challenge

EDDIE Rickenbacker, “Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.” COVID-19 has dealt the Fixed Based Operator (FBO) industry a blow to its solar plexus & many in our industry, specially the independent FBO and smaller networks, feel there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Our industry has suffered downturns …

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FAAN and VIP recklessness despite existential threat

EVENTS of the last few weeks have in no small way diminished whatever illusion any right thinking Nigerian has that a vast majority of its public office holders, including the politicians, are prone to abuse of power once they get into office, including flout laws meant to safeguard the general citizenry. The happenings at the nation’s airports, after reopening of …

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Re-echoing the call for a national carrier; a bird’s eye perspective

NIGERIA cannot continue to allow foreign airlines serve its major international travelers to and from the country alone for any longer. This COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we acted inappropriately as a nation, in my opinion. No nation can survive local currency slide against foreign currency when the country depends on import. Foreign airlines playing major role in providing our …

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In support of FAAN’s Post Covid19 recovery and business continuity plan

AVIATION industry regulators such as International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) have all put forward, various recommendations and templates for a post-COVOD 19 aviation business recovery road map, part of which are calling for serious government financial rescue intervention to support the industry recovery. In Nigeria, the outbreak of the COVID …

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Covid-19 and Aviation: Path to restart the sector after the pandemic

By Seyi Adewale THE magnitude and enormous effect of the Coronavirus COVID -19 caught almost every economy of the world by surprise. COVID -19, a contagious, variant strain of Coronavirus (in the family as MERS and SARS) is believed to have originated from the City of Wuhan in Hubei Province of China. This Coronavirus outbreak emanated from a local seafood/wild …

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Nigeria Tourism and Transportation summit: Not an event of death

By Wole Shadare THE screaming, “Nigeria Tourism and Transportation Summit: An event of death? article by Dr. Walter Mzembi published in eTurbo News on March 17, 2020 fits a pattern of tourism antagonism. It is disappointing because it lacked substance, largely generalizing and the pressing of panic button when there are no reasons to do so. The original April 27 and 28th​ 2020 …

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Sparing a thought for aviation development in Nigeria

I hope to see aircraft land in our airports at zero visibility. I hope to see the general aviation develop with small aeroplanes flown for several services including club flying, aerial mapping/photography, agricultural spraying flights, sporting flights, aerial journalism.

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Instrument Landing System: We all failed and embarrassed the nation

THE industry went into wild jubilation when the government announced in the last quarter of 2019 that it had purchased a new set of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), CAT 3 to be precise for Lagos and Abuja airports respectively which were installed while the functional CAT 2 ILS in these airports were moved to other airports in the country. The …

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Capt. Akinkuotu: The Silent Transformer

IT is no longer news that since January, 2017 that Captain Fola Akinkuotu took over the mantle of leadership at the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) as the Managing Director, there has been continuous upgrade of the agency’s air traffic management services and procedures to guarantee safety of air navigation across the country. With that, there has been a lot …

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