The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised pilots and airline operators to exercise caution over hazardous weather in the dry season.
This warning was contained in an Advisory Circular (AC) with reference no AC: NCAA-AEROMET – 34 initiated by the Directorate of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS) addressed to all Pilots and Airline Operators and signed by the Director General, Capt. Musa Nuhu dated December 19th, 2022.
The advisory circular is the sequel to the Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) issued by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) which reported the cessation of rainfall and weather associated with the Dry Season in Nigeria from late December 2022 to March/April 2023.
Hence, the latest advisory circular he said was intended to alert pilots about the nature of weather associated with the dry season in Nigeria ranging from light/moderate to severe dust haze and sometimes early morning fog which can sometimes reduce the horizontal visibility to below the aerodrome operating minima.
He noted that with the issuance of this circular, Advisory Circular AC: NCAA – AEROMET 33 is accordingly cancelled.
Enumerated below are the effects of this hazardous weather on flight operations:
In view of the above, all Pilots, Operators, and Air Traffic Controllers are obliged to abide by these safety requirements:
Nuhu noted that while the NCAA urges all passengers to exercise patience and understanding during this period as their safety is of utmost importance, stakeholders should ensure strict compliance with this Advisory Circular as violations would be viewed seriously.