7Star Hangar Gains Approval for 3C Checks on Dana’s MD83 Aircraft
Apr 06 (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given approval to 7-Star Global Hangar Limited to perform 3C, CPCP, ADS and ADD on Dana Airlines MD83 aircraft with the number of registration 5N-SAI.
In an NCAA endorsement letter signed by Engr V Goyea, General Manager (ACCA), for the General Manager, the agency urged 7-STAR to comply with all existing provisions of Nig. CAR and in particular Nig. RAC part 6, plus all tasks requiring detailed, X-ray and HFEC inspections.
In his reaction to the approval, 7 Star Global Managing Director and CEO, Engr. Isaac Balami said that 7Star has carried out five C and D checks on various aircraft, Augusta 139 8 Years Inspection (D-Check) being the first time in the history of Africa that the check will be carried out on this particular helicopter, which he considered a new generation complex Helicopter.
He said the deal with Dana Air would lead to the hiring of thirty engineers. Therefore, this means that over 1,500 unemployed licensed aeronautical engineers will be gainfully employed if local airlines, private jet owners, state and federal governments can sponsor and support this great employment initiative. .
He added that with the approval of MD83, it also shows that the NCAA has recognized 7Star’s value and efforts in keeping aircraft serviceable throughout the region.
Speaking to Deputy Managing Director of Dana Group, Mr. Sukhwinder Mann, who made the official announcement, it was established that the decision was based on Dana Group’s commitment to the local economy, while ensuring the development of the Nigerian aviation sector.
“I am pleased to announce that we have chosen 7Star as our preferred MRO partner, the appointment will further enhance the 7Star range of MRO services to now include the MD80 range of aircraft, which means more jobs for the industry. Nigerian aviation and potentially Nigerian MRO sector more attractive to foreign carriers wishing to carry out heavy maintenance checks on the African continent Giving something back to Nigeria and reinvesting in the sector gives me great pride and follows our key principles Africa first.
The appointment will see 7Star increase employment in the local community and train new engineers in the MD80 range of aircraft.
Commenting more Engr. Balami said the appointment will further strengthen the MRO service offering and help put the Nigerian MRO sector on the world map.
Along the same lines, Balami noted that a test flight was performed on the AW-139 a few days ago after the D-Check and the aircraft returned without any technical faults.
“We are pleased that the NCAA has recognized our efforts and we know there is a need to comply with all safety regulations and requirements. There is nothing like the Nigerian standard, but a global aviation standard which we practice with the guidance and support of the NCAA and our technical partners.
He also disclosed that a 20-year maintenance and inspection on a Challenger 604 aircraft owned by a Nigerian operator was concluded last month and this is the first time ever in West Africa.
The boss of 7Star, said the management of the company remained grateful that the work was done with around 90% of Nigerians.
“As Africans, we are happy to stop the huge flight of capital and many unemployed aeronautical engineers hanging around the airport will have something to do.”
Balami said he had done more than five checks and everything was working accordingly without any queries, and technical issues showed that Nigerian aeronautical engineers and their NHV partners were making good efforts.
He said the company is training the next generation of aviation engineers and also transferring technology, adding that knowledge transfer is being done with the support of its sister company, Lead Stream Aviation Training.
Meanwhile, the NCAA urged Dana Air to see its partnership with 7Star as a way to create local content and create jobs in the country through it.