BY LAWANI MIKAIRU
The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, Zaria has acquired a 360 degree Visual Tower Simulator for Air Traffic Controllers training. This was disclosed by the Spokesman of Aviation Parastatals, Mr Yakubu Dati, as one of the milestones recorded by the college in the outgoing year.
Dati also said that another achievement attained by the college is the reaccreditation of the institution to train industry professionals in accordance with international standards.
To foster the smooth training of professionals, several aircrafts and aircraft engines lying unserviced have been overhauled and are now back in operation. This development has increased the training capacity for the college.
According to him , before the current Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah came into office, the college had no Visual Tower Simulator for Air Traffic Control training, but in 2013, a 360 degree Visual Tower Simulator for ATC training was purchased and installed. Also, a Boeing 737-200 for cabin crew training was also procured in 2013.
In addition to the positive changes made in NCAT, EADS SOCATA TBM 850 single engine turbo prop trainer aircraft, two No Bell 2061-iv helicopters and Gas Turbine Trainers which were unavailable before July 2011were procured in 2013 for the institution for the first time ever.
An ARTMACS Pc-Based Radar Simulator and an Auto pilot Training station has also been procured and installed in the institution.
Another commendable milestone recorded in NCAT is the renovated briefing room for pilots which has been in a deplorable state for many years.