OAPFD signs agree­ment for Oman Avi­a­tion Academy

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OAA will be built over an area of 4,000sq m with a ca­pac­ity of 150 trainees. It will in­clude an area for air­craft hangar, stu­dent hous­ing and a taxi­way

The Oman Avi­a­tion Academy (OAA) share­hold­ers agree­ment sign­ing cer­e­mony was held at Grand Hy­att Mus­cat on Wed­nes­day.

OAA is an Omani Author­ity for Part­ner­ship for De­vel­op­ment (OAPFD) project, in part­ner­ship with Air­bus Heli­copters, Oman Na­tional In­vest­ments De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (TAN­MIA), Al Hosn In­vest­ment Com­pany and the Min­istry of De­fence Pen­sion Fund.

The sign­ing of the agree­ment was held un­der the pa­tron­age of H E Dr Ali bin Ma­soud bin Ali al Su­naidy, Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try and chair­man of the Board of Trus­tees of the author­ity.

The agree­ment was signed by Dr Dhafir bin Awadh Marai al Shan­fari, CEO, OAPFD; Ben Bridge, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, Global Busi­ness, Air­bus Heli­copters; Sheikh Rashid bin Saif al Saadi, CEO of TAN­MIA; Osama Mariam, CEO of Al Hosn In­vest­ment and Capt Said bin Mo­hammed al Is­maili, as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager in the Min­istry of De­fence Pen­sion Fund.

OAA is first such avi­a­tion train­ing fa­cil­ity to be es­tab­lished in Oman, in co­op­er­a­tion with Air­bus Heli­copters.

The academy will be based at So­har Air­port and op­er­ated by CAE Ox­ford, a lead­ing civil and de­fence avi­a­tion train­ing com­pany with ap­prox­i­mately 160 train­ing sites in more than 35 coun­tries.

OAA will pro­vide train­ing to na­tional and re­gional cadres with the aim of award­ing them an EASA avi­a­tion li­cence (ATPL) to be­come pi­lots with re­gional and in­ter­na­tional air­lines.

The author­ity has signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Sultan Qa­boos Univer­sity. In Oc­to­ber, the first group of stu­dents will be­gin a spe­cial foun­da­tion course de­vel­oped by SQU.

“This im­por­tant agree­ment re­flects the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the sul­tanate and share­holder com­pa­nies. It will play a role in sup­ply­ing the lo­cal avi­a­tion sec­tor with pi­lots either in the civil or mil­i­tary sec­tor,” H E Dr Su­naidy said. “OAA is a train­ing plat­form that will con­trib­ute in pro­mot­ing the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor through the de­vel­op­ment of a new cur­ricu­lum. Through this project, we hope that Oman will be the first desti­na­tion for neigh­bour­ing and re­gional coun­tries to ben­e­fit from the train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices in the field of avi­a­tion.”

The academy is ex­pected to at­tract more than 80 trainees ev­ery aca­demic year.

The academy will also play an im­por­tant role in en­hanc­ing the op­er­a­tional role of So­har Air­port, at­tract­ing for­eign in­vest­ments and pro­vid­ing around 50 new direct jobs.

OAA will come up over an area of 4,000sq m with a ca­pac- ity of 150 trainees.

It will in­clude an area of 3,000sq m for air­craft hangar, stu­dent hous­ing, tower and a taxi­way. The con­struc­tion work will be­gin in the last quar­ter of this year. On the side­lines of the cer­e­mony, OAA, signed a train­ing agree­ment with Oman Air.

OAA will pro­vide fur­ther an­nual train­ing to 48 Oman Air pi­lots so that they do not have to be sent abroad.

(Mus­cat Daily)

H E Dr Ali bin Ma­soud bin Ali al Su­naidy (stand­ing - third from right) and other dig­ni­taries at the agree­ment sign­ing cer­e­mony

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