Ilorin Aviation College produces 80 pilots

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The International Aviation College, Ilorin has graduated eighty categories of pilots since the establishment of the Institution.

The Rector of the College, Captain Abdulmumin AbdulKareem disclosed this on Friday at the Reception of Students Pilot Course ten of the Nigerian Air force presented for training at the college.

According to him, the personnel would undergo rigorous training for eighteen months where they would be issued Private pilot license, commercial pilot license, instruments training and multi Engine.

Captain Abdulkareem said the college has been enjoying good and robust partnership with the Nigerian Air force, pointing out that eleven students were graduated in the first set, fourteen in the second set, while ten students were presented for the third course.

The Rector of the College noted that the Institution is operating in line with the best international practice, adding that the quality of delivery, personnel and equipment in the college has attracted individuals and organisations within and outside the country to embark on the training.

Captain Abdulmumin disclosed that the College is also into partnership with the Nigerian Navy for helicopters training of its personnel, saying that the College is expecting the delivery of helicopters for the commencement of the training.

He gave assurance that the College would provide the support and conducive environment that would facilitate the learning of the Air force personnel and lauded the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sidiq Abubakar for having confidence in the College.

Presenting the 203 medium Airlift Group of the Nigerian Air force to the Rector, the Commandant 203 of the Nigerian Air force, Group Captain Shayo Olatunde, said the key vision of the Chief of Air Staff is training and retraining of the Air force personnel, saying that personnel of the force had been sent for training in South Africa, United Kingdom and within the country.

Group Captain Olatunde said the Nigerian Air force has confidence in the International Aviation College, Ilorin due to the quality of training being offered and called on the personnel to use the advantage of their age to excel during the training.

He congratulated the selected Air force personnel and charged them not to fall below the standard set by previous personnel but rather maintain and improve on the standard.