UNDER THE RADAR: AARTO OBJECTIVES (contd)

From last Edition

  • To ensure high quality and standardized aviation training in Africa by promoting cooperation among its members and encouraging the sharing of resources.
  • To improve safety, security and efficiency of air transport through the establishment and maintenance of high standard of training and harmonization of aviation training in Africa (i.e., Entry qualifications, Instructors’ qualifications, Curriculum Design and Development, Duration, Training Material etc.,)

To achieve the objectives encapsulated above AATO has:

  • Developed policy guidelines in collaboration with ICAO and other international Agencies for Aviation training organizations in Africa to facilitate their compliance with international and national standards, and best practices in aviation training.
  • Developed an advocate position on issues of interest for its members and aviation training in Africa.
  • Support for the accreditation of newly established and existing training organizations across the continent.

AATO MEMBERSHIPS

There are three categories of membership to this continental body.

  • Full Membership
  • Associate Membership
  • Corporate Membership

Full Membership

  • All ATOs with evidence of approval and/or certification by authorized Regulatory body.
  • Can vie for elected position
  • Can vote and be voted for in an election.

 

Associate Membership

  • ATOs that have not yet obtained approval
  • Aviation Professionals
  • Non-for- profit Aviation organizations.

Corporate Membership

  • Corporate entities in aviation related organizations that operate commercially for profit and are willing to support the association objectives.
  • Can participate in the assembly deliberations.
  • Cannot vote or be voted for in the assembly or any organs established by the assembly.

 

AATO MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Pooling of Instructors, course materials and training materials
  • Access to standardized curriculum and training content.
  • Support and guidelines towards being designated as a Center of Excellence.
  • Representation on regional and international for a
  • Facilitates the accreditation of yet-to-be approved Training Organization by the respective CAAs.
  • Growth and development

 

Aviation Training Challenges

Many ATOs on the Continent are confronted with incredible technological and managerial challenges that hinder the development of adequate human capacity and capability within the borders. TAfrican aviation challenges are in a special class of its own. In fact the challenges cannot be compared; Listed below are those that threaten the supply of competent human capacity in  the Continent through aviation training.

 

  • Obsolete training equipment
  • Regulatory challenges (Policy &Framework)
  • Inadequate Funding
  • Lack of Maintenance Culture
  • Epileptic Power Supply
  • Ageing Workforce
  • High Cost of doing business
  • Inadequate Competent Instructors
  • Poor Patronage due to high course fees
  • Inadequate approved training organization
  • Lack of Employment opportunities
  • Lack of Synergy among AATOs.

 

I make bold to say that AATO is strategically positioned to address the aviation training challenges.

However, some organizations may argue that they have all what it takes; connection, influence, power, authorization, human capacity, financial resources etc., to function independently in their locations. In fact, this path is counter-productive because effective Aviation training is sustained by three KEY performance indicators; Standardization (E.g., SARPs), Collaborations and Regulations.

CONCLUSION

It is a known fact that the African Aviation industry is growing hence a higher demand for qualified and competent professionals is inevitable. I believe sustainable air transport in Africa is achievable on condition that competent professional adequately trained in number and quality are available to meet the challenges. All key players in the aviation industry are encouraged to support AATO for safer and secure African skies.

 

ENGR. EMMANUEL O. ONWUKA

CHIEF INSTRUCTOR & HEAD, AVIATION MANAGEMENT SCHOOL

NCAT, ZARIA

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