Friday, March 24, 2017

Aviation academy: Leading the way to Africa’s future

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline and aviation technology leader, has proven itself to be a center of excellence in the aviation industry, being the fastest growing and most profitable airline in the region, and, through the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the leading airline group investing largely on the development of its people.

Since its inception in 1956, the Ethiopian Aviation Academy has been the bedrock of Ethiopian Airlines operations, one of the strategic units of the Ethiopian Aviation Group.

The Ethiopian Aviation Academy comprises of 5 schools, namely the Cabin Crew Training School, focusing on basic and recurrent courses for trainees; Commercial Training School, focusing on service training for ground staff; Leadership and Career Development Training, focusing on trainings for supervisory and managerial personnel; Aviation Maintenance Technician School, focusing on programs for aviation maintenance, power plant, avionics and aircraft structure technicians; and The Pilot Training School, focusing on commercial pilot license training program that spans 18 months.

Skills are taught through an assortment of daily workshops and robust programs, all of which are open to domestic and foreign recruits from both Ethiopian Airlines and other organizations or customer airlines.

Pioneer in Aviation Training

Ethiopian Aviation Academy has long been a pioneer in providing skilled human resources to Africa, being among the country’s greatest contributors to the African Aviation Industry.  

As the first in Africa to launch the Multi-Crew Pilot Licensing (MPL) program in August 2011, an approved modern training program by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Ethiopian Aviation Academy is the first in the region to hold this competency-based program, providing opportunities for transition from new flight candidates to First Officers in as little as 18 months. The extensive training program provides overall skill development through general education, updated operational procedures and flight training programs, with an ongoing evaluation process to ensure training effectiveness and line operations.

With highly experienced instructors for both flight and ground trainings, The Pilot Training School provides a comprehensive and internationally acclaimed Commercial Pilot License with Instrument and Multiengine Rating for over half a century.

As of 2016, the current admission capacity of the academy has grown from 1,300 to 4,000 basic trainees annually in its different schools.

Massive Expansion Efforts

Ethiopian Aviation Academy is currently undergoing massive expansion with the inauguration of its latest facility held February this year. The academy now holds a modern building complex for training classrooms, investing on the latest state-of-the-art flight simulators, aircrafts (glass cockpit DA 40NG and Cesena 172), cabin mock-ups, ground classroom facilities, and computer based training rooms. In addition to this, the academy is equipped with B777/B787 mock-up trainers for in-flight service training and mock-up trainers for emergencies ranging from aborted take-off, cabin fire and more. All facilities adhere to the standards set by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, further enhancing the airlines global reputation of training expertise.


Setting an example to the rest of Africa, Ethiopian Aviation Academy also encourages gender equality, now providing impartial career opportunities for both male and female trainees. Encouraging more women to pursue careers in aviation, the Ethiopian Airlines Group has actively promoted women empowerment, allowing more women to have opportunities for success within all ranks of the airline. At present, Ethiopian Aviation Academy welcomes more women to join their programs.

At present, the Ethiopian Aviation Academy maintains its strategic vision to be among the most competitive leading aviation training centers in Africa and the Middle East region by 2030, continuously enforcing global standard aviation training services.

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