GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR OPERATION OF
FOREIGN REGISTERED AIRCRAFT IN GENERAL AVIATION IN NIGERIA
prescribes guidelines and requirements for operation of foreign registered
aircraft in general aviation in Nigeria.
General Guidelines and Requirements
1.1 Application for utilization of foreign
registered aircraft (this must be made in respect of each aircraft to be
operated) must be addressed to the Authority. The applicant must also obtain
Ministerial permit to import the aircraft from the Honourable Minister of
1.2 The operator must ha\ve a valid Permit for
Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF) which can be obtained from the Authority.
1.3 It is required that the CAA of country of
registration must be an ICAO member state and
CAA of that state must have been audited by the ICAO and found satisfactory.
1.4 NCAA inspector(s) must carry out a
pre-importation inspection of the aircraft at a cost to be borne by the
applicant (operator) before the aircraft will be given clearance to operate into
Application for Maintenance Clearance Certificate (MCC)
2.1 In the
case of aircraft to be used for private air transport, application must be made
by the operator for Maintenance Clearance Certificate (MCC). This is issued after the operator has
demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Directorate of Airworthiness Standards
(DAWS), that there is in force, an acceptable maintenance arrangement for the
aircraft and that the said aircraft is airworthy.
2.2 Aircraft Equipment must be adequate for
its intended operation and should include Digital FDR, CVR, GPWS, INS or GPS and
HF radio (see Nigeria CARs Part 7)
2.3 There must be a Current Certificate of
Airworthiness in force in respect of the aircraft
2.4 Qualification of the line maintenance
certifying staff and validity of their licences issued by the said CAA of
country of registration shall be verified.
airworthiness inspectors will perform at operator’s expense, survey of the
aircraft during annual and/or major checks and for the purpose of MCC renewal. Audit of the documents pertaining to
the following shall also be carried out.
2.5.1 status of
compliance with ageing programme (Corrosion Prevention and Control, Supplemental
Structural Inspection or equivalent, Service Bulletins, other Airworthiness
Directives, etc. as applicable).
2.5.2 status of
compliance with approved maintenance programme or manufacturer’s maintenance
approval of modifications and repairs on the aircraft,
maintenance records of the aircraft.
2.5.5 All documents submitted to
NCAA must be in the English Language.
Application for Flight Operations Clearance Certificate (FOCC)
3.1 In the case of aircraft to be used for
private air transport, application must be made by the operator for
Flight Operations Clearance Certificate (FOCC).
This is issued to the operator by the Directorate of Operations &
Training (DOT) after examining the following.
3.1.1 Qualification and Validity of flight crew licences issued
by the CAA of the country of registration
3.1.2 Current simulator reports on flight crew. Approval of
3.1.3 Medical report in respect of each pilot.
3.1.4 All required documents for operation of the aircraft among
4.1 NCAA shall notify the CAA of the country
of registration about the aircraft’s operation in Nigeria.
4.2 NCAA and the CAA of the country of
registration to meet and sign an agreement for the safety oversight of the
aircraft. (This should be facilitated by the Operator).
reportable defects shall be intimated to NCAA and the CAA in the English
Language and the language of the country of the CAA respectively. In addition, details of a failure or
incident and the maintenance action taken must be sent immediately to the DAWS
in case of component or system failure, or any incident (including foreign body
ingestion into the engine), which requires unscheduled maintenance action.
4.4 In case
of incidents or accidents occurring which require investigation while the
aircraft is/are operating in Nigeria, the state shall participate with its
representatives on the investigation committee, in accordance with the
provisions of ICAO Annex 13.
Should you require further information do not
hesitate to contact:
The Director General
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority
Aviation House, P.M.B. 21029, 21038