The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology NCAT Zaria says plans have been concluded to commence training in the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, RPAS popularly called drones in the country.
Rector of NCAT, Captain Abdulsalami Mohammed at the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents, LAAC, Gateway forum in Lagos to highlight the achievements of the college since his appointment in the last 3 years, said its personnel had been trained and drones acquired for the commencement of the training.
He however noted that the college was still waiting for the necessary
Regulatory framework before embarking on the training.
Capt. Mohammed explained that the commencement was hinged on the mandate given the college at RPAS symposium held on Abuja in 2017.
The NCAT boss emphasized that the operation of drones was closely being monitored by the office of the security adviser including the importation of drones.
“From the office of the National Security Adviser is being monitoring closely the importation and operations of drones in Nigeria”.
He said the college training on drones would be focused on knowledge of the regulations so that the operator would know his/her limitations, the envelope within which he/she can operate and the time of drones allowed by government.
“Because they come in sizes and shapes and it is not all type of drones that individual is allowed to purchase”.
Speaking on other trainings the college is embarking on, Capt. Mohammed said they have also introduced training for Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting personnel, adding the process of installing full automatic fire simulator for the training was ongoing.
“As we speak, the installation is in progress, yesterday the simulator was hanged on a stand, we hope the installation will be completed in the early part of next year and we will commence training in earnest”.
The NCAT rector noted that the college was also embarking on the training of Aviation security personnel and in search and rescue operations.
According to him, these trainings would help double the students and shore up their internally generated revenue.
” We also intend introducing training in search and rescue operations. This training has never been provided in the country up till date, from from NAMA and other disasters Management agencies have been going abroad for the training. We recognised the need for this training and we decided to introduce the training”.
“There are new technologies coming up, in keeping with this advancement, the college always procure new and up to date equipment so that our pilots, Engineers and Air traffic Controllers by the time they come out, they are trained on the use and operations of these modern facilities they find in the field”.