Nigerian airline sends 40 pilots for Computer-Aided-Engineering assessment

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian airline, Arik Air, is to send 40 pilots for Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) assessment in London, the Airline's head of communications and public relations, Mr . Banji Ola, announced here Monday.

He told a news conference that while at the CAE training facility in London, the pilots would undergo simulator assessment to test their skills for eventual selection and employment.

He said the 40 pilots were picked from over 130 applications received earlier in the year, saying ''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 them to oral interview to pick the final 40."

According to the airlines Acting Senior Vice President, Operations and Deputy Managing Director, Capt. Ado Sanusi, the successful pilots from the CAE assessment, would be sent for initial type rating on the airline’s Boeing 737NG, CRJ900/1000 and Q400 fleet.

He said that Arik Air would be committing over US$ 2 million to the training of the pilots who are expected to swell the number of pilots on its payroll.

Similarly, the airline will this month conduct another round of interviews for Aircraft Engineers and the successful ones sent to the Lufthansa Technik training facilities in Europe, Capt. Sanusi disclosed, adding that "Arik Air is committed to developing local capacity and this explains the huge investment in the training of Nigerian pilots."

He also announced: “We recently entered into an agreement with Cranfield University, UK, for the training of our staff and we have sent 12 of our pilots to Airbus facility in France for a full initial type-rating and 80% of these are Nigerians.”
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14 october 2013 17:47:48




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