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26th August, 2013.

FG, Lufthansa Sign MoU to Train Pilots

The federal government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Lufthansa Group in Germany for the type-rating of 20 pilots under the Special Scholarship Programme for Niger-Delta youths domiciled in the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta (OSAPND).

A type-rating is an aviation regulating agency's certification of an airplane pilot to fly a certain aircraft that requires additional training beyond the scope of the initial licence and aircraft class training.

The 20 Niger Delta pilots, who had already secured their Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), after their training at the Afrika Union Aviation Academy, Mafikeng and Flight Training School, Midrand, both in South Africa, were among the 53 delegates deployed for training as pilots by the Office of the Special Adviser on March 20 and August 4, 2011.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony in Abuja, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, thanked the Lufthansa Group for accepting to give the pilots the required type-rating, describing the German company as among the league of the most respected and best aviation groups in the world.

Kuku stated that the vehicle through which the pilots from Niger Delta were trained was a special programme of the federal government under his office offering scholarship to youths from the region, who desire to be trained in the aviation sector, either as pilots, aeronautic engineers or aviators in various areas providing ancillary services.

He said having successfully undergone training as pilots and obtained their PPLs and CPLs, the pilots were in the next phase of their professional progression which would see them type-rated by Lufthansa, expressing appreciation that the German group was desirous of entering partnership with the federal government.

Kuku expressed confidence on the capacity, mental alertness and discipline of the pilots to successfully undergo the type-rating in Germany.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Pilot Training Network, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training, Capt. Holger Hoffmann, expressed appreciation that the federal government opted for Lufthansa to type-rate the pilots.

Having observed the high expectations from the federal government and in particular, the Office of the Special Adviser, Hoffmann assured them that at the end of the 14-month-long type-rating of the pilots, they would be better honed to apply their professional skills.

According to him, the pilots have got the right attitude and eagerness for the task ahead.

OSAPND has so far deployed four delegates from Niger Delta to four countries across Africa, Middle East and Europe for aviation training, ranging from piloting to aviation maintenance engineering.

About 118 delegates are currently undergoing different courses in renowned aviation schools spread across South Africa, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan, and Greece.


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