Aviation as catalyst for Nigeria’s growth

Aviation as catalyst for Nigeria’s growth

  x-rays how Nigeria’s aviation sector could rub off on the economy and add significantly to her Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if the right steps are taken The financial turbulence of the past few years threw a spotlight on many key industries and their respective roles in growth or decline of the Nigerian economy. Little notice was taken of one sector that has consistently been creating and supporting jobs while making significant, to say the…

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Is jumbo jet era coming to an end?

Is jumbo jet era coming to an end?

The era of super jumbo jets seems to be coming to an end. WOLE SHADARE x-rays factors that have led to a shift for smaller, twin-engine planes   The era of jumbo jets seems to be coming to an end. This is due to many factors, which has made airlines to go for wide-body airplanes but not definitely the B747, which ruled the skies for over five decades and the super jumbo A380, considered to…

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Airlines lament bird strike menace, loses over N5bn loss annually

Airlines lament bird strike menace, loses over N5bn loss annually

The frequent incidents of bird strikes have put the total losses incurred by domestic airline operators in Nigeria at over N5 billion annually from various airports across the country. This is coming as operators seek reduction of the crisis.   Consequently, operators under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) have raised the alarm over incessant attacks of migratory birds on aircraft engines, warning that, along with other factors, the attacks may kill the…

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HALF YEAR REPORT

HALF YEAR REPORT

For aviation,it’s slow motion   Nigeria’s aviation showed so much promise in the last six months, but was a little bit slow in reaching the promised land. WOLE SHADARE writes Mixed feelings Airport users and air travellers are sharply divided over the performance of aviation industry. The last six months has witnessed both highs and lows but the general consensus is that the sector is more stable than it has ever experienced. The sector has…

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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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