NCAA to GSM firms: You must obtain our permits before construction of high-rise structures

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has cautioned operators of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) to ensure they always obtain Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) Permits and Licences before construction of high-rise structures.

  NCAA spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, in a statement explained that the permits, aviation height clearance and licences are to be obtained before the construction of  tower, telecommunication masts, high-rise buildings/structures and landing facilities.

 According to the statement, the landing facilities include construction of helipad/helideck for civil use and heliports.

 He explained that the action was in line with the Civil Aviation Act 2006 Part IX (30) (L), which empowers the authority to prohibit, regulate and remove any structure which, by virtue of its height or position, is considered as endangering the safety of aircraft operations.

“In addition, the Civil Aviation Act 2006 Part IX (30) (K) stipulates that the authority will grant and certify licences for the construction of helipads, helidecks and heliports.

“It is, therefore, an illegality to operate a heliport (surface level, elevated or helideck) without the approval of NCAA,” he said.

He advised those who want to renew their heliport certificate to begin the process not less than 90 days to the date of expiration of the certificate.