Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has promised to ensure that the quality of Aviation fuel called Jet A1, and used in the country by the airlines are of the best quality and standard.
Speaking yesterday in Lagos at the stakeholders’ workshop on the proposed amendment to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, the director general of NCAA, Captain Muhtar Usman explained that Jet A1 used in the country passes through quality control by the Department of Petroleum, to the oil marketers and also from NCAA who do ramp inspection and random checks to ensure the quality of aviation fuel being supplied to the airlines are of the best quality.
He said even the NCAA engineers that release aircraft to fly do their own checks, including the Pilots who also their own checks to ensure the fuel grades use for flight operations are of the best quality required for safe operations of aircraft in Nigeria.
NCAA as the regulatory body, we will do all that is possible to ensure that whatever qualities that our airplanes use is of the best quality and the best standard, NCAA DG assured.
According to him, “l have to say that Jet A1 is the highest grade of Kerosene and is also kerosene, even though is not for domestic use, it passes quality control through the Department of Petroleum to the oil marketers and also from our own side, we do ramp inspection and random checks of fuel qualities being supplied. Our engineers that release aircraft do their own checks and also the Pilots do their own checks to ensure the fuel grades we get are the best grades and best quality required for safe operations of aircraft in Nigeria. NCAA as the regulatory body, we will do all that is possible to ensure that whatever qualities that our airplanes use is of the best quality and the best standard.”
On the amendment, Captain Usman stated further that aviation is very dynamic as there have been a lot of changes which the industry needs to follow in order to keep up with those changes.
He said there are documentations, regulations the industry supposed to adopt and use in the country from the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, which the NCAA is now bringing in line with that changes that have taken place.
In his words, there has been a lot of changes and in order to keep up with those changes, especially as regards the documentations we supposed to adopt and use here in Nigeria from ICAO and so we are now bring our regulations in line with that changes that have taken place. It is a continuous exercise, this one is a major one, but we do it continuous when we see the need to amend, we amend such regulation and for the stakeholders, it is to bring them in to make their own input, for safe and efficient air transportation in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that recently, the chief executive of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola had raised alarm that on the large scale sale of contaminated aviation fuel which now comes in form of Household Kerosene, HHK now serves as substitute for Jet A1 fuel in the country.
Otedola said the trend if not speedily curbed holds great potentials of leading to many more air accidents in the country in the nearest future.
He also said the illicit act is a major factor contributing to the rising cost of Kerosene in the country and may also be the cause of some of the air mishaps we have encountered in the country in recent times.
This was just as the director of Airworthiness Standards for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA Benedict Adeyileka who corroborated Otedola’s stance said the European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA had already issued a warming following an advice from aircraft engine manufacturer, Rolls Royce on the possible presence of contaminants in aviation fuel sold to airlines in Nigeria.


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