Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace company, has launched an internationally recognised aviation technician course to train the next generation of African aircraft technicians, as the demand for these professionals is sharply on the increase across Africa and around the world.
The new course, which will start to accept students from January 2018, will be announced at the Polokwane Air Show held at Polokwane International Airport. Paramount Group is a key occupant at the Airport where its pilot and technician training academy is operated by Paramount Group’s aerospace division, Paramount Aerospace Systems.
Brian Greyling, CEO of Paramount Aerospace Systems, said: “Insufficient training capacity and an exodus of skilled manpower are some of the most important factors that have resulted in a shortage of aviation professionals in Africa. Across both the civilian and military aviation sectors there are increasing skills shortages.
“Investing in the development of aviation human capacity is a key. There is a gap between the number of professionals sought and the training capacity in Africa. It is here where we can help to inject new skills and capacity to serve the continent’s growing aviation sector.”
A recent market forecast* by Airbus indicates Africa would need 1 000 commercial jets and 21 700 new pilots in the coming 20 years, while Boeing estimates Africa would demand 18 000 new pilots and 22 000 technicians over the same period.
The three-year course offered by Paramount Group covers theory and practical training across two trades, namely Mechanical Technician and Avionics Technician.
The mechanical training will be conducted on all aspects of the aircraft covering the airframe, hydraulics, piston engines, turbine engines, under carriage, pneumatic systems and fuel systems.
The Avionics training course will cover all aspects of the aircraft avionics trade, namely aircraft instruments, electrical systems, radios and navigation systems.
Greyling added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification to become an aircraft technician. We have developed a very unique programme which includes a combination of both theory and practical on-the-job training, where the student works under supervision.
“Paramount Group has decades of experience in training aircraft technicians for air forces; we have some of the best qualified training personnel on the continent, and our world-class training modules are tried and tested, practical and designed for the real world.”
Paramount Aerospace Systems has been expanding its presence and operations at Polokwane International Airport. The company will be demonstrating its support for the airport during the upcoming Polokwane Air Show by displaying a range of exciting aircraft, including the Mirage F1, Mirage 5, Impala and a number of SF 260 trainer aircraft that will also be part of the flying programme.
The company will also be displaying its ‘Parabot’, a 10-metre tall monster ‘robot’ weighing nearly a tonne, which was developed to showcase Africa’s defence and aerospace technologies and raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s threatened rhino and elephant populations.