Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of three Cessna 172 aircraft for pilot training, from Cessna. The aircraft were received on July 24.
Ethiopian has also bought and received 12 Diamond training aircraft from the Austrian Diamond Aircraft Manufacturing Company to enhance the quality of pilot training it provides, the airline said in a statement.
Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group said, “Human resource development is one of the four pillars we set in order to achieve our vision 2025 strategic plan. That’s why we took serious measures in developing and modernizing our aviation academy. Our plan is to own a leading Pan-African aviation training centre by 2025 that will accept and train multinational aviation professionals from all over the world. The addition of these aircraft will significantly enhance our pilot training capacity.”
The pilot training school of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy is approved by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration to give world class trainings in commercial Pilot License (CPL), Private Pilot License (PPL) and Multi Pilot License (MPL) trainings using training simulators and instructors, Ethiopian Airlines said.
The Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy is the largest aviation training provider in Africa. In 2014 the Academy was recognized as “Airline Service Provider of the Year” by the African Airline Association (AFRAA). The academy offers aviation trainings for Pilots, Aviation Technicians, Cabin Crew and other personnel.
Ethiopian Airlines is currently undertaking a massive expansion project at its Aviation Academy at a total cost of more than $80 million. Its annual intake capacity has increased over the last four years from a little over 200 students to over 1,000 trainees a year. Per the airline’s vision 2025, the academy plans to further increase its intake capacity up to over 4,000 by 2025, with almost two –third of the trainees to be from other customers.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that aims to see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centres: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service.