Arik Air has concluded plans to send 40 pilots to CAE training facility in London for simulator assessment to test their skills for eventual selection and employment.
The 40 students were picked from over 130 applications received earlier in the year. After screening, the list was pruned to 120 and the candidates called in for psychometric analysis and aptitude test which was conducted electronically.
Out of the 120 that sat for the aptitude test, 58 were successful and were further subjected to oral interview to pick the final 40 that are going for the assessment at CAE.
According to Arik Air’s Acting Senior Vice President, Operations/Deputy Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi, the successful pilots after the assessment at CAE will be sent for initial type rating on the airline’s Boeing 737NG, CRJ900/1000 and Q400 fleet.
It is expected that Arik Air will be committing over two million US dollars to the training of the pilots who are expected to join the airline.
Similarly, the airline will, this month ,conduct another round of interview for aircraft engineers and the successful ones will be sent to Lufthansa Technik training facilities in Europe.
Captain Sanusi disclosed that Arik Air was committed to developing local capacity and this explained the huge investment in the training of Nigerian pilots.
He elaborated: “Since the demise of Nigeria Airways, there has been no concerted effort to employ and train such a huge number of professionals. This is another Arik Air’s contribution to the development of Nigeria’s aviation industry.
“We recently entered into an agreement with Cranfield University , UK for the training of our staff. Also, we have sent 12 of our pilots to Airbus facility in France for a full initial type-rating and 80per cent of these are Nigerians.”
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