L-R: Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Aero Contractors, Taofeek Sanni, Head of Aviation Training Organisation (ATO), Rex Okunor, Chief Operating Officer (CEO), Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi and Editor, Mama J Blog, Joy Ogbebor, at the launching of Aero Training School in Lagos.
Aero Contractors Airlines has launched training school to end dearth of skilled manpower in the aviation industry. The training school, which is scheduled to begin in January was launched by the company after obtaining Approved Training Organisation (ATO) licence from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The airline explained that the school would kick-off with the training of cabin crew and dispatchers and that later other courses would be added to the curriculum, stressing that the essence of setting it up is to make it aviation training facility for the West and Central Africa sub regions.
The training school also aims to collaborate with the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria and similar international institutions to give Nigeria the best skilled manpower for the industry.
Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi said, who threw more light on the planned training school said, “We have just secured Aviation Training Organisation license. We have been on this for a long time because we wanted to get it right; we wanted to make sure we have a training organisation that is based on a solid foundation, which can be grown into a centre of excellence. Now, we are starting with two approvals on our ATO, which are flight dispatcher and cabin crew. We intend to grow that into a bigger school and eventually into a research centre.
Capt. Sanusi, who looked highly elated by the development added, “We want to build Aero Contractors to be a one-stop shop in aviation. After the training organisation approved by NCAA, we have maintenance organisation that is also approved by NCAA; we have maintenance facility, charter business and scheduled flight service. These are four strategic business units that we would like to grow separately so that they can feed the market. The market is under served in all these aspects that I have mentioned. We intend to build all these strategic business units into full business organizations that can sustain themselves and be profitable.”