Aviators Africa in partnership with AviaDev on Wednesday 18th April, 2018, launched Aviators Africa Academy (AAA) with its maiden initiative being Aviators Africa School Club (AASC) in Lagos, Nigeria.
The initiative aimed at addressing the anticipated skill gap that Africa aviation industry will require within the next 20 years based on forecast from Boeing, an American aerospace manufacturing giants and International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The event themed “Inspiring The Next Generation in Aviation and Aerospace” had in attendance diverse aviation experts, within and outside the country, from the Airlines, training institutions, aviation handling companies among others, mentoring as well as charging the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals from different primary and secondary school as well as students in various aviation colleges within the country, to see the bright side of the industry and position themselves towards grabbing the opportunities that aviation offers in connecting people, connecting nation, boosting trade, supporting tourisms among others.
The event also witnessed representatives from Ethiopian Airline and its training school, Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA), and Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria, showcasing various programmes in their respective training institutions and the facilities available there.
At the event, Ethiopian airlines with its academy, EAA, agreed in principle to go into partnership with Aviators Africa Academy. This will facilitate exchange of programmes between the youths who would become members of AAA and their counterparts in EAA.
The highlight of the programme was the award for the most brilliant student aviator which was won by Olumide Olatunji, presented to him by the Business Development Manager, EAA, Tigist Terefe.
Among the many aviation industry gurus that graced the event are: Toni Ukachukwu, the convener of the initiative and CEO of Aviators Africa, his partner, Jon Howell, CEO of AviaDev International, Dikko Nwachukwu, CEO of jetWest, CEO of Flying Doctors, Dr. Ola Brown, Yemi Dada, CEO of Harriar Airline, Project Manager and Engineer at NACO, Gboyega Adeola, CEO of Jet Afrique, Theo Chikelu, Gladys Ngbako, a Coventry University graduate of Aviation Management and Transport, and Engineer Waheed Disu who represented the Rector/Chief Executive NCAT, Captain Abdulsalam Muhammed.