EAA trains 2 000 aviation professionals

HARARE - Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) says it has trained over 2 000 aviation professionals from over 40 countries in Africa and Middle East countries since its inception in 1957.

From graduating just a few students back in the 1950s and 1960s, the Academy has grown over the decades to become center of excellence for aviation technology not just for Ethiopia, but also for Africa at large.

Since its inception, the Aviation Academy has trained over 11,000 qualified aviation professionals from its basic schools.

Thousands pass through the various recurrent, leadership, career development and short courses provided by the school every year.

The Aviation Academy is effectively supporting the fast, profitable and sustainable growth of Ethiopian Aviation Group Vision 2025 by fulfilling the required trained manpower in the various operational areas of the Airline.

It is also supporting sister airlines from many African nations in their training needs.

Currently, the Academy has trainees from Rwanda, DRC, Malawi, Tanzania, Namibia, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria and many other countries.

In order to enhance its capacity, EAA has been investing heavily in scaling up and modernizing its training infrastructure and facility. In the last five years, ET has invested over USD 100 million to build its capacity in training.

Trainee Cabin Crews (West Africans)

The newly built facilities include class room buildings; the Technical block which houses the Pilot Training School and the Aviation Maintenance Training School; as well as the Commercial and Leadership block accommodating the Inflight Services Training School, Commercial and Ground Services School and Leadership School.

A separate Administration building, workshops, auditorium, students’ dormitory and a large cafeteria have also been built as part of the expansion project. 

As an Authorized Training Organization (ATO), EAA has B-777, B-787, B-737, B-767/757 and the Q-400 full flight simulators which enable it to offer full type rating trainings for pilots.

It also has the best aviation training technology like full range of fleet cabin emergency, evacuation and door trainers fitted with standard swimming pool for cabin crew ditching exercises. The newly built facilities were inaugurated on February 7, 2016 by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the presence of Ethiopian Executive Management team, H.E. Ato Abadulla Gemeda, Board Chairman of Ethiopian, Ministers and former FDRE President H.E. Ato Girma Weldegiorgis, among others.

In parallel with its facility expansion initiatives, the Aviation Academy is also building the capacity of its instructors, sharpening its curriculum and introducing cutting-edge training capabilities such as e-learning. The Aviation Academy is approved by Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority. It has become a full member of ICAO TRAINAIR Plus, an approved IATA training center and accredited EASA type training school. It is also the only Multi Crew Pilot License (MPL) School in Africa. In short, the Academy which is the largest and most modern training center Africa, is repositioning itself to produce aviation professionals in quality and quantity not only for Ethiopia but also for the region of Africa and the rest of the world. 

EAA’s massive capacity initiatives are aimed at boosting its intake capacity as well as  the quality of its training. By the year 2025, the number of basic school annual admissions will be 3865 and about 2715 (70%) of these will be from third-party customers. This is an increase of about 300% in admission in the plan years. The number of trainees who will take recurrent training will also grow to 18,443 from the current 6554. By the year 2025, a total of 3136 trainees will attend leadership and IT trainings while 2315 staff will attend CAA and airport trainings.

Through increasing its capacity and offering diversified trainings, EAA is expected to generate annual revenue and operating profit of USD 111.6 million and USD 31.9 million, respectively, growing at a rate of 19% annually in terms of generated revenue.

The average instructor productivity will rise from the current 0.12 million to 0.30 million USD, which is a 150% increase, measured in terms of revenue generated per instructor.

The Academy needs to support the fast and profitable growth of ET by supplying the much needed core staff by operation divisions as well as expand its market share in the region.

EAA’s target market is Africa and Middle East and this will be at least 20% of the market demand for pilots and technicians in the region. 

It will offer various training services and products such as mobile training; e-learning, distance learning, blended training, etc… It also plans to establish second sites/hubs. EAA is currently working to become ICAO’s Center of Excellence and IATA’s Regional Training Partner.

Comments (1)

Being the product of this Academy, I am always grateful of God for helping Ethiopia in particular and Africa in general to own such Academy. Therefore, with all due respect, I would like to call up on African leaders to create the opportunity to the youth of their respective countries by facilitating to them the necessary conditions to help them become aviation professional and join the industry. Because, we Africans, unless we prepare today by creating the opportunity to our people, tomorrow will be late as others are working hard on it. There is a saying in Ethiopia, " A gold in hand is taken like a copper " I do know if I have correctly translated it in English, but the message is that sometimes, if we are not aware of what we have, we simply neglect it and waste the right season to exploit the best out of it. Finally, I thank you all who have been sending your people for training trusting in EAA to date. EAA, will continue to be the source of Aviation professionals with a bright future and treasures for the graduates and their sponsors too. If we want to see as many national carriers as possible in Africa, the building block is nothing but investing in training today. Otherwise, the rest of the world has now opened its eyes on us knowing that their future is tied to Africa in many ways. Therefore, are we simply sitting and waiting to see them enjoying what is supposed to be ours ? Africa, please wake up ! Thank you all in the Daily News God bless Africa !

Tewodros Balcha - 24 February 2016

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