The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has granted 7Star Global Hangar Ltd, an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) certificate to operate an all-inclusive Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility.
The Chief Executive Officer of 7Star Global Hangar, Isaac Balami said, "7StarGlobal is the first independent privately owned MRO in West and Central Africa. I say independent because it is a stand-alone and we were registered in 2012 and since then for about nine years, we have been back-to-back pursuing our license and variation with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
"We are happy today to announce that after over 15 months of the NCAA reviewing our variation and our operational specifications and also expanding our capability list in Wheels and Breaks, Non-destructive testing (NDT) etc, we have finally finished our phase five which is the last stage in the certification process and we have been granted final approval.
"The huge capital in aircraft maintenance we often experience, amounting to over $1billion that is annually spent in West Africa alone is going to help to create jobs here in Nigeria."
On the maintenance specification, Balami said the organisation can carry out operations as permitted by the NCAA, adding: "We are happy to say goodbye to four years inspection/maintenance on Augusta 139 helicopters which most VIPs, even the Presidency operate.
"Most oil and gas companies (Mobil, Shell, and Chevron) operate it. We also have EC 155 up to 6000 hours/12 years' inspection; on the Learjet 45, about 9,600 hours' inspection; on the small Cessna aircraft, we have about 100 hours/annual inspection and on the Bombardier DHC-8 100/200/300 (C Checks/8000FH), DHC-8 400 (C checks/8000FH), Challenger 601/604/605 (2400 hours inspections), Hawker Siddeley HS 125-850/900 (A-G Inspections), Bell 429 (5000 hours/5 years inspections), Embraer 135/145 (Up 5000hours/48months inspections), Embraer 600/650 (20000 hours/96 Months Inspections) and Boeing 737-300/400/500 (Up to 8A inspections), we have the highest inspection in most of the aircraft as stipulated in the manufacturer's manual."