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NCAA warns pilots, airlines of hazardous weather during dry season

  The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised pilots and airline operators to exercise caution over hazardous weather in the dry…

 

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised
pilots and airline operators to exercise caution over hazardous weather in the
dry season.

 

The advisory was contained in a circular initiated by the
directorate of aerodrome and airspace standards (DAAS), signed by Musa Nuhu,
NCAA director-general, and dated December 19, 2022.

 

Nuhu explained that the advisory circular was a sequel to
the seasonal climate prediction (SCP) issued by the Nigerian Meteorological
Agency (NiMet) which reported that there would be cessation of rainfall and
weather associated with dry season in Nigeria from late December 2022 to
March/April 2023.

 

Nuhu, who enumerated the effects of hazardous weather on
flight operations said “air to-ground visibility reduction due to haze dust or
fog”.

 

 “Aerodrome visibility
may fall below the prescribed operating minimal and in severe conditions, dust
haze can blot out runways, markers and airfield lightings over wide areas
making visuals navigation extremely difficult or impossible,” he added.

 

“Flights are bound to be delayed, diverted or cancelled
where terminal visibility falls below the prescribed aerodrome operating
minimal.”

 

In view of the above, Nuhu said that all pilots, operators
and air traffic controllers (ATCs) are obliged to abide by safety requirements.

 

The safety requirements, he said, include the closure of the
airspace by air traffic controllers when any of the aforementioned conditions
is observed or forecast by NiMet; and strict adherence to published aerodrome
weather minimal by flight crews/operators and air traffic controllers (ATC).

 

“Pilots/flight crew members shall obtain adequate departure,
en-route and destination weather information and briefing from NIMET Aerodrome
Meteorological Offices and Stations prior to flight operations and exercise
maximum restraint whenever an adverse weather is observed,” he added.

 

Nuhu said operators should ensure that all necessary
measures are put in place to cushion the effects of delays or cancellations on
their passengers.

 

The NCAA boss urged all passengers to exercise patience and
understanding during the period as their safety is of utmost importance.

 

He further advised stakeholders to ensure strict compliance
to the advisory circular, warning that violations would be viewed seriously.


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