Pilots, aviation engineers want a new payroll model, and more
August 21 (THEWILL) – The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) advised the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to put in place adequate measures to end sector payment of pilots by airlines and other aircraft operators.
In a statement released after the National Conference of NAAPE Delegates held on July 30, 2021 at the Interconnect Hotel, Gwarimpa, Abuja, the trade body found that several airlines and aircraft operators had taken the usually pay their pilots according to the sector. payment methodology.
The NAAPE therefore considered that the sector payment to pilots, which is calculated on the basis of the number of successful flights a pilot performs daily, was perceived to have very serious safety implications.
He said: “In order to earn more money, pilots could be negatively incentivized to attempt to fly when an aircraft is unusable, when they are not medically fit to fly, when under intense pressure, when there are adverse weather conditions which may endanger the flight, and to fly beyond the maximum hours stipulated by Nig.RAC 184.108.40.206.
The organization also pointed out that several aircraft operators do not have a sufficient number of qualified and experienced technical personnel to operate and maintain their aircraft fleets.
The group of pilots and aeronautical engineers lamented that inadequate personnel would make technical staff available overworked, with the safety implication that several errors resulting from fatigue could set in.
He said: “NAAPE is concerned about this development and urges the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to step up its oversight of operators to ensure that airlines and aircraft operators employ and retain sufficient numbers. pilots and engineers qualified to operate and maintain their aircraft fleets without compromising safety.
NAAPE has also expressed the need for authorities to stem the tide of bird strikes in recent times, which has increased the operating costs of airlines and aircraft operators as huge sums of money are being spent. Money is often spent to rectify these faults caused by birds.
The conference noted that green algae was growing along the shoulder of the runway at some airports, a situation that could contaminate those runways and could affect the braking capabilities of an aircraft, which could lead to runway overruns. .
The statement further stated that “NAAPE frowns with dismay that the terms of service for Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) personnel which have been revised since 2016 have not been approved by all relevant agencies until” nowadays. Agency staff are still paid on the basis of the 2013 staff terms of service. In recent years, nearly thirty (30) qualified and experienced aviation safety inspectors have resigned from the regulatory agency and have sought employment with airlines and other international organizations because of their low pay which is inconsistent with their education and experience.
“This poor remuneration of inspectors poses a serious threat to safety, as there are no longer enough qualified inspectors to ensure the safety oversight of operators, and the remaining inspectors, overworked and clearly demotivated, would not succeed. probably not doing their job satisfactorily. functions which are very critical for the maintenance of safety within the Nigerian aviation industry.
“Therefore, NAAPE calls on the Minister of Aviation, the Head of the Federation Civil Service, the leadership of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and all other relevant stakeholders to grant this issue l The attention it deserves in ensuring prompt approval of state NCAA personnel. on duty. In addition, an upward revision of the remuneration of aviation safety inspectors should be carried out and implemented quickly. “
Noting that a number of Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria pilots and engineers are resigning due to low pay, NAAPE advocates: “An upward revision of the salaries of NCAT pilots and engineers so that ‘they pay their counterparts in private aviation establishments.
“Training and retraining of these professionals and harmonization of wages and salaries of all Nigerian aviation agencies.
In terms of recruiting, NAAPE said that “some aviation agencies have been observed recruiting staff to technical positions at salary levels 12 and above without considering existing personnel at a lower salary level. who has the qualifications and experience required for these positions. This practice is in flagrant violation of Civil Service Regulation 160302 and other approved documents such as staff terms of service, service regime, etc.
This development, according to NAAPE, has been counterproductive for the public service for a few years now, as hardworking and dedicated staff members have been demotivated with a concomitant reduction in productivity.
Other issues discussed at the conference include: failure to pay staff pension contributions into their respective Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA); incorrect designation of aircraft maintenance engineer (AMEL) license holders as “technicians” by some airlines and maintenance organizations among others