Thursday, July 27, 2017

New aviation school to open in Oman

Oman will soon get its first aviation academy after an agreement was signed by the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) and other shareholders.

The Oman Aviation Academy (OAA) is considered to be the first aviation training company to be established in the sultanate, in cooperation with Airbus Helicopters. The academy will be based in Sohar Airport and is expected to be operated by CAE, a leading civil and defence aviation training company with approximately 160 training sites in more than 35 countries around the world.

OAA will provide aviation training for national and regional cadres with the aim of them obtaining an EASA aviation frozen (ATPL), which enables them to be pilots in regional and international airlines.

The first phase of the academy will kick-off in the last quarter of this year with construction works set to begin by year end.

OAA will be built on an area of 4,000-sq-m with a capacity of 150 trainees. It will include an area of 3,000-sq-m of Aircraft Hangar, an area of 4,000-sq-m for student housing , tower and a taxi way.

Dr. Ali bin Masoud al-Sunaidy, minister of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Authority, said: "This important agreement reflects the strategic partnership between the sultanate and Shareholders companies and it will play a great role in supplying the local aviation sector with pilots either in civil or military sector.

He added: "The Oman Aviation Academy is an educational training platform that will contribute to promoting the education sector through the development of a new training curriculum. We hope that through this project, the sultanate will be the first destination for neighbouring and regional countries to benefit from the training and educational services in the field of aviation sector." - TradeArabia News Service

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