Maintenance Key to Nigerian Air Safety

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By George Hatcher

During a seminar on aeronautics and astronautics organised by the College of Engineering and Technology (CET), KWASU, aviation experts Leo Daniel and Christopher Odetunde said that Nigerian Aircraft are not maintained well.

Odetunde’s speech “World View of Aviation: A case for better Nigerian Aviation Policies”, Odetunde said that Nigeria has adequate laws in place to secure airspace, but the laws were barely enforced, that crashes will continue until the country starts following the protocol, making sure that everybody that is involved, all the laws are followed.

Leo, who must be a man after my own heart, spoke on “Technological Readiness Level of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Nigeria.” He said that “the cause of crashes is maintenance.”

How long have I been saying “Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance?” Long time. Glad to see the experts agree. A plane can be perfect when it arrives at an airline’s doorstep. But how well that plane fares, whether or not it is originally in good shape, depends entirely on how well it is maintained over time. Those of us with cars know, for example, how an engine can seize if one does not keep up with oil changes, or how it will burn up if one does not attend to the radiator. Think of how much more complex a plane’s systems are, and it is easy to see how important it is to maintain, maintain, maintain all the systems.

Hopefully the words of two professors of Aviation will be able help to move Nigerian Aviation into a safer place.

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