By Lawani Mikairu
Arik Air, weekend, signed Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on capacity building with the Presidential Air Fleet, PAF. According to the terms of the agreement, Arik Air shall provide pilots of the Presidential Air Fleet rated on the airline aircraft type, “Line Training and Hour Building” to maintain proficiency on the aircraft.
The agreement was signed when the Commander of PAF, Air Commodore Hassan Bala Abubakar led senior officers of the Fleet to Arik Air Aviation Centre at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
Speaking about the agreement , Arik Air Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said : “ Arik Air, and Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on capacity building which empowers the airline to assist in imparting proficiency and line training for the PAF’s pilots.
According to the terms of the agreement, Arik Air shall provide pilots of the Presidential Air Fleet rated on the aircraft type Line Training and hour building to maintain proficiency on the aircraft, including undertaking regular commercial flight under supervision, as per the standards approved for the airline”.
Ilegbodu also said the agreement would go a long way in bridging the gap in the Fleet Pilots’ training and proficiency, stating that both parties could always work together to achieve their goals.
Speaking at the ceremony, PAF Commander, Air Commodore Abubakar appreciated the support and cooperation PAF has been receiving from Arik Air over the years, stressing that this has helped in getting the Pilots to maintain a high level of training.
Arik Air had in the past assisted PAF in the proficiency training of its pilots and this must have informed the decision by the top hierarchy of the Fleet to enter into this agreement.