The Federal government, at the weekend, decried the failure of pilots in getting weather briefing from Aeronautical Information Service (AIS).
This was stated in a statement by the Ministry of Aviation and signed by Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister, Mr. Joe Obi.
He said pilots are supposed to go to the AIS to obtain meteorological folders, saying only flight dispatchers go to the AIS to receive weather briefing. This accounts for why air craft take off and get to their destinations but are unable to land.
The statement said: “Henceforth, all airline operators and pilots are required to obtain and confirm their destination weather reports from the AIS before start-up and take-off according to international standard and best practices in order to prevent incidents of avoidable air returns due to unfavourable weather condition.
This information, which is provided by NIMET and readily available at the AIS, is meant to guide pilots on destination weather and to assist them make informed decisions on whether or not to take off from one airport to another.
“There is therefore absolutely no reason and justification for an aircraft to make an air return on the basis of poor weather condition since initial weather report from the AIS would have been adequate to indicate the futility of an initial take-off under such harsh weather conditions.”
The statement continued, “This recklessness on the part of airline operators and pilots will no longer be tolerated and infractions would be met with serious sanctions as this has the potential of compromising the safety of the nation’s airspace.”