The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has revealed that it has suspended the aircraft leasing operations of the air operator’s certificate of Sky Power Express Airways Nigeria Limited.

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The aircraft operations were suspended for non-compliance with the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations Part

The operations of 14 private charter aircraft were also suspended by the regulatory body.

The NCAA disclosed this in a letter addressed to the Managing Director of Sky Power Express Airways Nig.

The letter, dated June 30, 2020, with reference number NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/129, was signed by the NCAA Director-General, Musa Nuhu, with the title ‘Suspension of the Ops Specs Part G (aircraft leasing operations) of your organisation’s air operator’s certificate.’

It said, “The NCARS Part refers to wet-leasing aircraft, and states: (b) No holder of an AOC issued under this Part 9 may allow another entity or air operator to conduct wet-lease operations on its behalf (a wet-lease in) unless – (1) That air operator holds an AOC or its equivalent from a contracting state that authorises those operations;

“(2) The AOC holder advises the authority of such operations and provides a copy of the AOC under which the operation was conducted; (3) Such operation does not exceed a period of 12 months and (4) The authority approves the operations.

“Be informed that by this action, your organisation ceases to exercise all the privileges associated with Part G authorisation.”

The NCAA also stated that the operations of some aircraft listed on the Part G of the firm’s operations specifications had been suspended pending a full audit of the firm and compliance with all the relevant regulations.

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The aircraft include Hawker 800XP: N838BB; Hawker 800XP: N552ME; Hawker800XP: N749WW; Hawker800XP: ZS-EXG; CL604-D-ANGB; CL604-T7-NMN; CL601-N580KR, and Gulfstream 200-N100EK, according to the letter.

Others affected were CL604-N605JA, operated by Jedidiah Air; CL604-N880ET, operated by OmniBlu; G.IV-N990EA, operated by NestOil; CL601-N253LA, operated by West Link Airlines; G1159A-N313MS, operated by Izy Air, and CL604-G-FABO, operated by Jet Support Services.

The NCAA boss said CL604-N604WL, operated by West Link Airlines, was erroneously included in the audit list and was released with immediate effect.