NCAA issues licence to new aircraft maintenance organisation

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has issued an Approved Maintenance Organisation Certificate on Non-Destructive Testing to an indigenous firm, DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited.

The firm is expected to carry out Non- Destructive Testing inspection to ensure airworthiness and serviceability of aircraft and aircraft components with specifications covering Eddy Current Testing, Magnetic Testing, Dye Penetrant and Ultrasonic Testing inspection.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited, Mr Ayoola Stephen, the firm, with AMO/5N/DAV, is the first NDT AMO holder of its kind in Nigeria.

Ayoola told journalists after the brief AMO certification ceremony that the NDT tests were carried out on aircraft whole or components to detect cracks, corrosion, among others on the aircraft or aircraft components.

He said the firm had trained competent NDT personnel with certification to EN4179 and/or NAS410, which were internationally recognised.

He said, “And as a result, they can carry out NDT inspections internationally. The NDT tests are not restricted to aviation as they are carried out in the automobile, sea, rail, oil and gas industry.

“We carry out NDT inspection on aircraft and its components to ascertain its serviceability. Also, not really on only aircraft, we also carry out an inspection on automobile, in the sea, marine, ships, bridges and the rest but presently, NCAA has given us an AMO on NDT inspection in aviation and this is the first of its kind in this country.

“DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited is approved to offer NDT inspection services. You don’t need to come to our base for us to carry out inspection, if your aircraft is in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, anywhere your aircraft is or anywhere the equipment or part you want us to work on is, we will come down there and carry out your job which makes it the first mobile NDT service provider in the country.”

He said the firm was filling a gap and that it was a good advantage to its clients.

“Our services make it easier for us to reach you and also for you to reach us; it cuts costs for airlines because you don’t need to fly the aircraft down. It reduces a lot of cost for clients who would want to employ the services of DAV-AAKY Nigeria Limited, plus we are affordable, reliable and efficient,” he said.