UK Regulator Reports Air Peace for Alleged Safety Violation

UK Regulator Reports Air Peace for Alleged Safety Violation

The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) has written to Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) alleging that Air Peace, a Nigerian carrier, has reportedly violated some aviation safety regulations.

This development comes barely three months after the airline commenced operations on the Lagos-London route.

According to reports, two mandatory occurrence reports on Air Peace have been sent to the UK CAA. The UK CAA, in turn, has forwarded these complaints to the NCAA.

In response, the NCAA has written to Air Peace requesting clarification on the issues raised. In the letter, dated May 14, 2024, and signed by the NCAA General Manager of Operations, Capt. O.O. Lawani, the NCAA stated that the UK CAA has brought to its attention the lack of operational approval for Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) functions, which may affect the safe operation of the aircraft. The NCAA also noted that the captain of the flight admitted to using an EFB for navigational purposes.

The CAA's letter mentioned the absence of a mounting device for the EFB, as well as no charging points or battery backup.

Air Peace recently commenced operations to London Gatwick from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Nigeria and the UK.

Attempts to reach the spokesperson of Air Peace, Stanley Olisa, for comment were unsuccessful at the time of filing this report. A text message sent to the spokesman also went unanswered.

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