Oman Avi­a­tion Acad­emy pro­ject makes progress

The aim of the pro­ject is to have a re­gional avi­a­tion acad­emy

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

In a move that is set to pave the way for the launch of Oman’s first avi­a­tion acad­emy, an agree­ment of share­hold­ers of Oman Avi­a­tion Acad­emy pro­ject will be signed by the Omani Author­ity for Part­ner­ship for De­vel­op­ment (OAPD) on Wed­nes­day.

The agree­ment will be signed un­der the aus­pices of H E Dr Ali bin Ma­soud bin Ali al Su­naidy, Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try and chair­man of the board of trus­tees of OAPD. The au­thor- ity is re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment of the acad­emy.

The Oman Avi­a­tion Acad­emy will be the first pro­fes­sional avi- ation train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion in Oman for pi­lot train­ing. The pro­ject will be de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Air­bus He­li­copters and CAE-Ox­ford Avi­a­tion Acad­emy.

The aim of the pro­ject is to cre­ate a re­gional avi­a­tion acad­emy for the train­ing of pi­lots from the ab ini­tio stage up to the point where a cadet se­cures his Multi-crew Pi­lots Li­cence (MPL) or Air Trans­port Pi­lots Li­cence (ATPL).

This qual­i­fi­ca­tion will en­able grad­u­ates to work in any lo­cal or international air­line. In ad­di­tion, the acad­emy will pro­vide spe­cial train­ing for mil­i­tary pi­lot train­ing.

OAPD has al­ready signed an agree­ment with Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity (SQU) to es­tab­lish and de­liver the aca­demic foun­da­tion pro­gramme for the avi­a­tion acad­emy.

The acad­emy, which is planned at So­har Air­port, will play a role in the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the na­tional econ­omy and the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal avi­a­tion in­dus­try by at­tract­ing for­eign trainee pi­lots to even­tu­ally grad­u­ate as pi­lots with an international ac­cred­ited pi­lot cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

H E Dr Su­naidy

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