The Ministry of Aviation has disclosed that she has taken delivery of Boeing 737 Full Flight Training Simulator at the Apapa Seaport. The Minister, Hadi Sirika, said this during a live programme on TV yesterday. He said that the consignment is being cleared at the port and will thereafter be moved to the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
In January this year, the Minister, along with the Rector of NCAT, Captain Abdulsalami Mohammed, were in Montreal, Canada, at the site of the manufacturer. Yesterday, the captain corroborated the Minister, thanking him for his passion and dedication.
By this development, the Federal Republic of Nigeria will train Boeing 737 pilots locally. Nigeria, due to lack of Full Flight Training Simulators, had her domestic airlines spending as much as ₦2.5 billion every year to retrain their pilots in South Africa. According to the Ministry of Aviation, more than ₦20 billion has been spent by Nigerian airlines to train their pilots in South Africa for the past ten years. A big minus to the country’s balance of trade.
The Minister said that the airlines do not need to go through the stress of getting visas, paying substantial air ticket fares, arranging for sundry logistics which accompanied their efforts to train their pilots hitherto. He says, “the school also will have more income and students willing to acquire type-rating can do so without going outside the country. As a matter of fact, the coming of the simulator will bring a lot to the school,”
According to the Rector, the equipment will be installed as soon as it arrives in Zaria and training with it will commence immediately.