AIB Commissioner, Engr. Akin Olateru, emphasized on the local content initiative on Wednesday when he received certificates on behalf of 28 Air Safety Investigators, who recently completed a type training course on B737 Classic and NG (New Generation) by Leadstream Aviation, an indigenous training outfit.
According to the Commissioner, training is very important to AIB because the investigators need to understand the mechanics and the technicalities of the system of operation of the various aircraft they handle in the course of investigation.
Olateru said the intensive training of the investigators on B737 Classic and NG aircraft on aircraft maintenance type certificate course, which lasted for over two months would boost the capacity and capability of AIB personnel and enhance the Bureau’s productivity.
“AIB Nigeria is very proud to partner with Leadstream Aviation. This training is about training our own investigators on B737 Classic and NG (New Generation) aircraft on aircraft maintenance type certificate course. It is a very intensive and world class training. Leadstream did it in partnership with some foreign partners. Most importantly, we are saving Nigeria some capital flights”, Olateru commented.
“You can imagine taking about 28 engineers abroad. You will need to consider tickets, visas, estacode and accommodation among others. We have been able to save a lot and manage to build our local content. It saves capital flight. It is huge benefit to the aviation industry, Nigeria and AIB as an organization.”
Engr. Roland Ahmed, Leadstream Aviation Managing Director, noted that the training of the Air Safety Investigators who are engineers, will help them to be more efficient and more productive when investigating B737 aircraft. He also commended the participants, saying they performed exceptionally well.
Capt. Dayyabu Danraka, AIB Director of Operations, also commended Leadstream Aviation on their performance. He said the institute met the Bureau’s expectation from the training, “which shows that they are capable of handling such trainings in Nigeria.”