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Embraer to establish aviation training centre in Johannesburg

An SA Airlink Embraer jet.Embraer will establish a training centre at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, which will open in the first half of next year and provide training for pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crew.

The Embraer Training Centre will be equipped with an E-Jets Full Flight Simulator, four Flight Management System Simulators, a door trainer, and an over wing trainer to deliver pilot training and ground school, engineering courses, and E-Jet familiarization training for cabin crew, Embraer said on 11 October. When fully operational, the centre will be able to train around 2 000 aerospace professionals a year.

Flight crew and engineering technicians from Embraer operators such as Airlink, the centre’s anchor and launch customer, and others from across the region and beyond, will be trained at the new facility. The training of new aviation professionals to address the critical skills shortages experienced in the region’s aviation environment will be a key catalyst in releasing the huge potential of the continent’s underdeveloped aerospace sector, Embraer said.

“Our investment in this training facility underlines the importance of the African continent to Embraer and our commitment to realizing the potential for improved connectivity across the continent,” said Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Services & Support.

“Currently, Africa’s share of global air traffic is less than 3%. IATA predicts that by 2034, air traffic in Africa will grow with an average yearly increase of 4.7%, reaching a total of 294 million passengers. Seven of the ten fastest growing passenger markets over the next 20 years will be on the African continent.”

Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink, said, “In the future, the opening of this training centre will be seen as one of the defining moments in the development of our continent’s aviation industry. Skills development and training are an essential factor in unlocking the huge potential of Africa’s market - bringing significant economic growth and the connectivity our people deserve. Airlink is proud to be joining with Embraer in this endeavour.”

The Embraer Training Centre in Johannesburg joins existing Embraer facilities in São Jose dos Campos (Brazil), Nashville Tn. (USA), and at OGMA near Lisbon (Portugal). Embraer also works with other training providers across the globe.

Currently, there are 150 Embraer aircraft in operation with 43 airlines in 22 African countries.