As part of a re-fleeting program of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology that includes 20 Diamond airplanes over the upcoming years, the college will now receive the first batch of six DA40 NG. One DA42-VI was delivered in 2017. Under the patronage of Sen. Hadi Abubakar Sirika, Minister of Aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, NCAT accepted their six new airplanes at Diamond Aircraft Austria.
Sen. Hadi Abubakar Sirika, Minister of Aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria: “In our effort to catch up with technology in line with our approved roadmap, we are happy about our state-of-the-art training aircraft from Diamond. Our efforts have earned Zaria the status of an ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence.”
Capt. Abdulsalami Mohammed, Rector/CEO of NCAT: “We are very much looking forward to receiving our new aircraft from Diamond. We expect improvement in our college’s efficiency as well as a substantial reduction in fuel costs because of the fuel-efficient aircraft and the much cheaper jet fuel compared to Avgas. The planes perfectly meet the requirements for modern aircraft as they run on jet fuel and are equipped with an electronic flight instrument system.”
Frank Zhang, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Austria: “We are proud to be NCAT’s choice for their re-fleeting program. Not only are our efficient jet fuel powered aircraft perfectly suited for the Nigerian region, but they will also benefit tremendously from operating aircraft from the same manufacturer for both single engine and multi engine training. Fleet commonality offers the college more advantages, such as minimized instructor standardization, rapid student transition and reduced parts inventories.”
The DA40 NG is an effective training platform for commercial cross-country navigation and instrument approach/landing procedures. Currently more than 2,240 types of this aircraft are in worldwide operations.
Diamond Aircraft’s Flight Training Concept
Diamond’s dedication to flight training has shaped its product line of modern fuel-efficient aircraft, each with a specific training application in mind. With its complete line of piston aircraft including a dedicated flight training concept with Single Engine Piston (DA40 NG) and Multi Engine Piston (DA42-VI) trainers, along with type-specific flight training simulators and proprietary jet-fuel engines, Diamond Aircraft is the only sole source provider in the fleet training market.
The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Nigeria boasts more than 55 years of experience in providing human resource development in the aviation industry in Africa and is well on its way to becoming a reputable global provider of aviation training. NCAT is an Approved Training Organization that undertakes training programs to meet both national and international requirements. Training is also provided in non-aviation specific areas such as skills acquisition in ICT, Electrical/Electronics, and Mechanical equipment maintenance.
Since its inception, NCAT has produced well over 20,000 professionals for the aviation industry in Nigeria and beyond. The NCAT aviation training programs are in conformity with ICAO standards and recommended practices. NCAT is an ICAO Regional Training Centre of Excellence, confirming that the College has aligned its programmes with the ICAO initiative of standardizing and improving the quality of aviation training worldwide. It is also accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), registered with the Aviation Accreditation Board international (AABI), and a council member of the Association of African Aviation Training Organizations (AATO). In addition to its regular training programs, courses are also tailored to meet specific user needs and could be done on site. NCAT offers an excellent, peaceful, safe and healthy environment for academic pursuits. For more information, please visit: https://ncat.gov.ng/
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