MMA2, intrigues, challenges, success at ten

MMA2, intrigues, challenges, success at ten

  By Wole Shadare Tomorrow, May 7, 2017, Nigeria’s best run terminal, Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) will be ten. It is ten years of remarkable excellence; one that shows resilience and determination of the promoters that Nigerians can indeed live up to the billing when the chips are down. The MMA2 is a clear case of resilience to bequeath to Nigeria, aviation infrastructure that many have accepted that is best run and world class…

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MMA2 @ 10: Lessons for private investors

MMA2 @ 10: Lessons for private investors

By Steve Omolale The 16th American President, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” Come May, this year, Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos, which is a product of the courage to dare to do right, will be 10 years old and it will roll out the drums, blow the trumpets amidst pomp and colours to celebrate this landmark anniversary. This…

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Abuja airport: Experts seek new model for second runway

Abuja airport: Experts seek new model for second runway

Airport opens flight operations tonight   As the Federal Government plans to re-open the N5.5 billion rehabilitated Abuja airport runway tomorrow, experts have called for the speedy construction of a second runway for the aerodrome to forestall a re-occurrence of the shutdown of the sole facility last month. Aviation consultant and a former Commandant, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Group Capt John Ojikutu (Rtd), in a chat with Woleshadare.net, said emergency should be declared in building…

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How sustainable is FAAN’s ‘new’ airport infrastructure renewal?

How sustainable is FAAN’s ‘new’ airport infrastructure renewal?

The Federal Government had, in 2012/2013, embarked on ambitious airport remodelling project, which raised so much hope but little in delivery. The Lagos airport is, however, wearing new look now and becoming passenger friendly. But, how sustainable are these quick fixes? WOLE SHADARE asks Previous challenges In 2014, none of Nigeria’s over 24 airports met the criteria to be selected amongst the top aerodromes in Africa. As a matter of fact, Port-Harcourt International Airport was…

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Dana Fight 0992 Crash Avoidable

Dana Fight 0992 Crash Avoidable

 By Kolawole Adegbola Reading through the report of the Dana flight 0992 crash, it is noted that engine number one failed roughly seventeen minutes into the flight,. Evidently this accident could have been avoided if only the crew had followed some basic policy. According to the US FAR (Federal Aviation Regulations), and the UK CAR (Civil Aviation Regulations), following failure of an engine, pilot is required to call in for emergency landing at the nearest…

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DANA AIRLINE CRASH – HUMAN NEGLIGENCE NOT HUMAN ERROR – PART 2

DANA AIRLINE CRASH – HUMAN NEGLIGENCE NOT HUMAN ERROR – PART 2

BY GRP. CAPT JOHN O OJIKUTU (RTD)  The technical manpower of the AIB for aircraft accidents investigation has been described in the first part of this paper as inadequate and ineffective by a ministerial committee set up in 2014 to look into the implementation of Safety Recommendations arising from the various reports of previous accidents that had occurred between 2000 to 2014; the Dana plane crash was one of the accidents in these reports. The…

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Q1: For aviation, govt’s on right path

Q1: For aviation, govt’s on right path

The first quarter 2017 was dominated by sack, appointments and controversies over the closure of Abuja airport runway. Another issue that triggered diverse reactions was the release of four accident reports in one day, which is unprecedented in Nigeria’s aviation. WOLE SHADRAE writes Three issues stood out Aviation industry in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2017 was dominated by appointments, sack in the various agencies and shutdown of Abuja airport runways repair, which was…

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Turbulent year for aviation

Turbulent year for aviation

For aviation sector, Year 2016 was turbulent. It was a year that witnessed unprecedented downward spiral for the sector generally. Stakeholders are, however, hopeful that 2017 will bring good tidings as WOLE SHADARE X-rays the sector Year 2016 is one, operators, service providers and other stakeholders would want to forget in a hurry. It was a year profitability dropped so sharply, no thanks to recession that ravaged Nigerian economy and shook its very foundation.  …

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Nigerian airspace: Are pilots flying blind?

Nigerian airspace: Are pilots flying blind?

The Nigerian airspace is dotted with communication gaps that threaten safety, but the Nigerian Airspace managers said they are on top of the situations. WOLE SHADARE writes The bombshell Not a few saw the legislature’s visit as a ‘ritual’ just to fulfill all righteousness and to make them look as if they are truly working. But this time around, the visit of the Senate committee on Aviation led by Senators Jeremiah Useni, Bala Ibn Na’…

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Departed foreign airlines may return, restore capacity

Departed foreign airlines may return, restore capacity

 There are indications that some international airlines that departed Nigeria and cut frequencies in the face of recession ravaging the country’s economy may return or restore their frequencies following hint that travel demands are rising marginally. A source very close to some foreign carriers said Nigeria is a very important market for them and may decide to increase their flight number, which they cut drastically owing to their funds that were trapped in the country…

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