FOLLOWING the initial report of the country’s aviation accident investigative body the AIB, Quorum Aviation Limited, operator of the crashed helicopter has released its letter dated August 18, 2020 to the NCAA requesting exemption.
The Bureau in its findings reported, “The Pilot’s last Proficiency Check was valid till 24th August 2020. There was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the AOL DG018/20 had been submitted to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.”
However, the airline released the letter signed by its Managing Director and Accountable Manager, Abiola Lawal which indicated that Quorum Aviation Limited, 7 days to the expiration of the pilot’s proficiency, wrote a letter to the Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA requesting the extension and exemption.
The letter released was titled: Request for the extension of our pilot’s recency: our ref: NCAA/DOT/GEN012/20/002. Exemption document for pilot recency issued 18th June, 2020 and was accompanied with various documents.
The letter read, “Given the challenges of the Covid-19 in organizing additional crew travel and training, we hereby wish to request for the exemption/extension of our pilots Captain Chika Prudence Ernest License ATPL(H) 6245 under the above exemption granted by the DG in the above reference circular.”
“His proficiency expires on the 24 of August 2020 and his comprehensive medical are valid until the 6th of August 2023.”
Captain Prudence is a well experienced Helicopter pilot and experienced PIC on the Bell 206 and we kindly appreciate if this application can be promptly approved to continue operations.”
” We are hopeful subsequently that things would have settled down post COVID for early next year travel for future proficiencies when exemption validity expires 31st December 2020 per the circular”.