Aviation training organisation, Airways Aviation, is signing an agreement with the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) and INTech Investments Africa to bring its foundation school concept to Africa.
Under the agreement, INTech, a business aviation solutions and regional investments company based in Africa, will open and operate a series of Airways Aviation’s foundation schools according to the training organisation’s syllabus and global standards, in a bid to support the development and enhance the standards of the aviation training sector on the African continent.
Romy Hawatt, founder of the Airways Aviation Group, said, “This partnership with AfBAA and INTech allows us to attract students through our Aviation Foundation pathway from around the African continent and via a process of teaching, assessment and screening, deliver the highest standard of training and licensing available for those who are looking to pursue a career as a pilot. The aim is to establish 14 Airways Aviation Foundation Schools over the next five years.
“We have identified a new, rapidly emerging demand for pilot training in Africa and fully recognise the need to recruit African students wishing to train as pilots via our European EASA training courses.”
Founding chairman of AfBAA, Tarek Ragheb, said, “There is a mounting challenge in Africa not just to address the sizeable pilot shortage, but to train and recruit quality pilots locally. With our vast experience in this sector we can support African aviation with global insights tailored to regional markets, reducing the economic outlay of recruiting from overseas.”
Once their training is complete, graduates from the foundation schools who wish to continue their career as airline pilots will have the option of joining one of the Airways Aviation airline pilot training programmes in either Australia or Europe, to work towards their frozen ATPL.