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31 pilots enroled in aviation institutes in UK, Germany

23 October 2013, 16:31

Abuja - Kingsley Kuku, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, said 31 pilots had been enrolled for training on Type/Jet rating in aviation training institutes in the UK and Germany.

Kuku told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that the pilots had earlier been trained in South Africa under a scholarship scheme approved by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said 22 pilots were enroled for jet/type-rating training at the Lufthansa Pilot Institute, Germany while nine pilots were sent to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in the UK.

Kuku said the pilots would be equipped to fly modern Boeing 737 next generation aircraft used by most countries in the world.

He said that for the two years the 31 pilots spent in South Africa for their earlier training, they did break any law there.

"Only one of the people sent to South Africa violated the code of conduct by travelling without permission and we sent him out of the programme.

"Today if he sees his 22 colleagues in Lufthansa and nine of them in CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in UK, I am sure that the young man will regret his actions,’’ Kuku said.

He urged the beneficiaries to be of good behaviour and obey the laws of the host country, adding, "We trust and believe in them; they cannot afford to fail us.''

Kuku said the office had gone into partnership with some domestic airlines to facilitate job opportunities for the pilots upon completion of their professional training.

He recalled that 35 of the 53 Niger Delta youths that enroled in the Afrika Union Aviation Academy, Mafikeng and Flight Training School in South Africa in 2011 passed all the requisite examinations.

Kuku said they had obtained their Private Pilot Licence and Commercial Pilot Licence and passed ground courses and flight operation techniques.

The courses include meteorology, Navigation, Air Law, Flight Planning, Instruments, Radio Aids, Aircraft Technology and Human performance.

He said that the three pilots that were among the 35 that passed their examination in South Africa would be sent for further training in another batch.

-    NAN


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