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New trainer aircraft for private pilot training
By Andualem Sisay
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia C-172 S, the new quarter mln USD trainer aircraft for Abyssinian Flight Service arrived in Addis Ababa to join the first private pilot training school.
It will bring to two the number of aircraft the pilot training school operates with another aircraft expected to arrive next month. “We will officially launch flight training Monday January 15, 2007 by training qualified students,” says Captain Belay Assefa, Manager of Abyssinia Flight Service Pilot Training School.
In order for a candidate to be admitted, he or she must be a high school graduate and present a class II medical certificate issued by an Avian Medical Examiner. The candidate should be at least 18 years old and capable of paying the school fee of 8,700 USD for the whole course.
The duration of the course is about 20 weeks. During this time, a trainee is expected to cover 70:00 hours of ground instruction in subjects like Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Air navigation, Air law and the like as well as 58:00 hours of flight instruction in single-engine trainer aircraft.
Trainees, after covering a total of 128:00 hours are required to take the ET-CAA school’s written tests as well as the practical test conducted by a CAA designate flight examiner. After successfully passing the tests, candidates will be awarded with a Private Pilot License approved by ET-CAA.
The pilot training school was certified and its syllabus approved by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority August, 2006. It has already met the requirements set by the international regulatory body ICAO and other civil aviation authorities such as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of America, and the Joint Aviation Authority (JAA).
Finally, a competition to Ethiopian Airline’s monopoly in the field of aviation training. Entry and graduation from EAL’s school of flight historically required a student to have strong connections somewhere in the Airline’s management. The result of such a corrupt practice had been the undue dismissal of competent trainees.
It is a good news. The Ethiopian Airlines has long become the pool of TPLF tribal leeches who control every thing from management to security. This will, if sustained, provide an alternative to young Ethiopians who have no place in the mainstream Woyane pool for its stooges.
This way of going is absolutely necessary if our country is to prosper. The fact that Ethiopia has a good reputation in the field of “flight”…this means private school will benefit from existing position of Ethiopia in “flight” business.
Absolutely encouraging news. This is such a good competition and open another opportunites to have options than having only one Pilot training in the entire country.
Thanks to the northern lions for the equal opportunity for every citizen in the country.
Bex, in 1981 EC I applied for a pilot course and took the exam and to tell the truth the exam was not difficult for me since I end up my ESLCE exam the previous year with 4 point and got in every subject result A but I did not passed the exam since it was corrupted and passed those who know the write person on the write place.
[Dave, did you get A in English as well? Just curios lol ]
I would like only to comment on the previous commentator who passed ESLCE with 4 point and could not join the EAL pilot trainning program because because he does not know the “write” (right) person on the “write” (right)place. He may be qualified to be a woyane cadre or agazi killer but to be a pilot a certain level of knowledge is required.
Now you can see where this country is going. If you can not see this, i really understand who you are. Thanks to all our brothers and sisters who died for this change.
Long live EPRDF!
At $8,700, who will be their student? Only the elites? Yet, it is great to have an alternative (at any cost) to the archaic EAL. Why should one be a highschool student to get a pilor training? I can’t comprehend the eligibility requirement.
Thanks TPLF/EPRDF for introducing such a wonderful system.
What’s up crying evil opponents of TPLF/EPRDF? What do you see, hear, and smell? In your country. This achievement is not coming free. It is a result of scarifies paid by determined TPLF/EPRDF members.
Wake up!! Realize what’s going on and contribute your share for the development of the country that you claim yours. Don’t be stupid the whole your life.
God bless Ethiopia!!!!!!!
Dave’s mis-spelt words must not mislead us to insult him. We can make a mistake even after having some proof-readings. Here we presumably write and post our comments with no much emphasis to the grammar, the spelling so forth.
It isn’t a big deal to get “A” in Ethiopian matriculation at all. After all the exam wasn’t very difficult; for it was designed for students who aren’t native speakers of the language. Besides, don’t forget that it is a multiple choice exam as well, of having 20% chance to get a question which you don’t know at all right. Even I know Guys who get “A” in their English courses in ETH universities but who sometimes struggle to write grammatically correct article. Language is a skill you develop through experience; not by learning in a school alone.
AS his allegation to Ethiopian Airline recruitment policy, it is probably correct. I have heard a lot of people complaining the same thing. The point is however, the English exam is very tough compared to the Matriculation; may be to the level of general GRE (Graduate Record Exam:-English proficiency section). I don’t know how the guy comes up with the argument of having Four (4) points in ESLCE with his competency in the EAL entrance exam. After all if you didn’t do well on the exam day, your past reputation couldn’t be a guarantee at all.
Let us accept him anyway; for it doesn’t harm us!
There is what we call LOAN!
If they can’t afford to pay cash, they will get the education through Loan, and then they will pay it over time. That is how it goes even in the West, US.
The idea is great regarding the corruption of the government, how ever the three months of training or the total of 128 hrs doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t know how the ICAO operates, but 70 hours of ground training is NOT enough. A simple certification course such as “Aircraft worthiness” takes more than forty hours of study, and I am just wondering how much time they plan to spend for the courses such as aerodynamic, avionics, aircraft safety, methodology and so forth.. Safety should be the school priority… luck of experience and training will cause the trainee’s life as well as the a/c trainer. “ yene tolo tolo bete..gedegedaw swnbeleth endayhon yetasebebet !!!The price $$$$$…who can afford it? $68.00/ hr. (US $) OR somewhere $550 Birr/ hr. hhhmmmmmmmmmm. Well, even for the guy like me who lives in US, the price still expensive even though the course is rewarding.
Meles at one of his parliamentary speech quoted a tigrigna proverb “Ashas ya hanti derfu” which means the unwise man sings all the time the same song.Some of us due to their hatred towards the government are blinded and can’t see un inch beyond their nose. Now we are talking about the Ethiopian Airlines which is brought at the top of african airways since the arival of this government and bright leadership of Ato Girma.
Long live EAL
Judging by your writing, I don’t think you have even finished 5th grade,let alone high school.I doubt you tried to enroll in flight school,but if you did, I am glad they turned you down. It would have been a waste of the instructors’ time, among other things. Mind you, it is not a crime to be ignorant,what is criminal is not knowing your ignorance.
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