The installation of the 5000 series Boeing 737 full jet flight simulator approved by the Federal Government for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), at the international wing of the Lagos Airport, will be completed in December 2016, the Rector, Captain Samuel Caulcrick, has said.
The simulator contract was awarded in 2014, to a Canadian firm, Messrs CAE of Canada at $21.459 million, with 24 months’ timeline for completion.
The contract cost is inclusive of all taxes payable at the prevailing exchange rate at the time of payment.
Caulcrick said the manufacturing of the equipment for the installation of the simulator has attained 50 percent completion.
He said he met the manufacturer’s representative in Nigeria, who hinted that he was awaiting the design and the location to get the project installed.
Caulcrick noted that siting the simulator in Abuja is not the best because of the concentration of aviation business in Lagos.
He said: “The approval we got is for Lagos for a good a reason, Lagos being the centre of aviation for now. That will change in the near future to Abuja because the facility is a moveable asset.”
Caulcrick said he believes Abuja will be made the centre in the near future when the country starts having over 200 airplanes.
He said: “For now, Lagos remains the best choice to reduce the strain on operators.”
He expressed delight that the college has contributed positively to the growth of the industry through quality training.
Caulcrick said NCAT was considering having campuses in three states, disclosing thatAkwaIbom, Enugu and Niger state governments had approached the college to run facilities in their states.
He said: “There could be the time a particular region will be the best for training if the facility is ready and the approval is there from NCAA, it will be seamless.”
Caulcrick said the degree programme of the college is on course.