Dana Airline ready to resume commercial flight operations
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has begun the re-certification of Dana Airline’s planes ahead of its planned resumption of commercial flight operations, the management of Dana Airline said on Thursday.
This was contained in a statement by Tony Usidiamen, spokesman of Dana Airline in Lagos.
This followed the lifting of the suspension on the airline’s operations by the Federal Government on September 5, after the June 3 plane crash at Iju Isaga, a suburb of Lagos.
Mr. Usidiamen added that the company had signed a five-year contract with FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. for its flagship Automated Information Reporting System, AFIRS, 228 at about N159 million.
He said the contract requires the Canadian firm to install the AFIRS 228 on all the five Boeing MD-83 aircraft in its fleet, to provide real-time flight data monitoring and to assist in achieving maintenance and operational efficiencies.
He explained that the re-certification was a standard safety measure taken by the authorities to ensure that all the aircraft in the fleet were fully serviceable.
“Of the five aircraft in our fleet, three are currently on ground at MMA2 and have undergone thorough internal engine inspection and systems by NCAA, while the other two are undergoing scheduled C-Checks in Istanbul, Turkey and Miami, Florida.
“The airline also organised an independent inspection of all aircraft by the Aircraft Leasing and Management ( ALM), a leading aviation consulting company based in the United Kingdom,” Mr. said·
He said station inspections, including operations offices, engineering stores and maintenance facilities have been completed.
Mr. Usidiamen added that airline procedures and manuals verification had also been concluded while credentials of key post holders and management staff had been satisfactorily verified.
The spokesman also stated that refresher courses and recurrent training for staff had been completed.
“All pilots had gone through the simulator training, Crew Resource Management (CRM), Familiarization and Touch and Go Flights Training as well as Ground School Training.
“Cabin Crew Recurrent Training has been completed and, as recommended by the NCAA. The programme included additional days for safety and fire drills. All ground staff have also concluded requisite training,” the spokesman said.
The airline is expected to be issued its new Air Operator Certificate, AOC, in a few days, the statement said.