Aviation College, Ilorin has declared that its capacity has been enhanced to train pilots in the flying school and dispatchers following its re-certification by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)as Approved Training Organisation (ATO)
What this means is that the school will any moment from now resume the training in the flying school and dispatchers
Rector of the IAC, Engineer Benedict Adeyelika made this known in an interview , adding that the re-certification was done as the college closed all the NCAA open items.
An ATO certificate, is an authorisation from the regulatory body approving the college to operate.
It is an equivalent of an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and an Aircraft Maintenance Organization ( AMO) but for the intention of training.
Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media to Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state, Dr Muideen Akorede had at the weekend announced the restoration of the ATO, which he said was communicated to the college through a letter dated October 3, 2018.
He added that the letter was titled, “Lifting of Suspension of Approved Training Organisation (ATO) Certificate number: ATO/AA/004”.
Akorede noted that the NCAA hinged its decision to restore the certificate on “the closure of a good number of the findings” by the management of the International Aviation College, Ilorin.
The letter also noted that, “the remarkable commitment demonstrated in closing the remaining findings as verified during the recent Recertification Audit of your college.”
Adeyelika, who explained the benefits of the ATO and the colleges capacity to commence training said,”the ATO is an authorization from the NCAA to operate as a college, it’s an equivalent to an AOC, AMO. An ATO is on the category of an AOC and it has operations specifications like the former. It tells us what we can do: train pilots, do Personal Pilots Licensing (PPL), some also do instrument rating and the likes and with our approval we can expand from there.”
According to him, “The certification means a lot, it would ensure the safety of training because safety in this business is paramount. We will be resuming training for the flying school and the dispatchers. However, we have not gotten the go ahead for helicopter training because we are waiting for our instructors to renew their licenses. As soon as we have this, we can start. But we start training for the fixed wings.”
On equipment for training, Adeyelika said, the college has three simulators, two for fixed wings and one for rotary wings.
In his words, “We have training aircraft revving to go. We have three Diamond Aircraft ( DA-40) these are single engine aircraft and we also have Diamond Aircraft ( DA-42) twin engine aircraft. In total we have eight aircraft six are fixed wings and two are rotary wing Bell-20 helicopters and we currently have four single engine and one twin engine and these are enough to commence training in the flying school.”
In Akorede statement on Friday he noted that the ATO Certificate was issued in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act 2006.
He said approval authorised the College to carry out training in the following areas: Private Pilot License Training (A), Commercial Pilot License Training (A) and Single-Engine Rating Training (A).
It also empowered the college to carry out Multi-Engine Rating Training (A), Instrument Rating Training and Private Pilot License Training (H).
Other areas of training approved by NCAA were Commercial Pilot License Training (H), Single-Engine Rating Training (H) and Flight Dispatcher Training.