Ethiopian receives training helicopters

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Addis Ababa, 27 July 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopian Airlines received three new training helicopters bought for Aviation Academy.

According to the Ethiopian Aviation Academy General Director, Samuel Assefa, as the helicopters have similar features to large planes they help provide trainee with better skills.

The Airline allocated over 80 million USD for the expansion of the Academy to increase the number of its trainees and make it having international standards, he said; and the expansion is in progress.

Each single-engine helicopter has a capacity of carrying four people.

The Academy has now increased its training helicopters from 10 to 13.

The aviation training department of Ethiopian Airlines came into existence in 1956 with the objective of providing the airline with required skilled aviation personnel.

It is this seed of the training department that has flourished into what is now Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA).

Since its inception, the Academy has proved itself to be a center of excellence developing skilled workforce for operational divisions of not only Ethiopian Airlines but also the wider African aviation industry.

Attributed to this expansion is the current size and training provision capacity of the academy encompassing six independently running aviation training schools catering to both local and international aviation training needs.

According to ERTA, the Academy now consists of Cabin Crew Training School, Marketing & Ground Operations Training School, Pilot Training School, Aviation Maintenance Technician School, Technical Recurrent Training School, and Leadership Training.