Posted by Sade Williams
The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) will soon acquire an automatic fire simulator as part of effort at raising the bar of Cabin Crew Professional training in the college.
Captain Abdulsalaam Mohammed, Rector of the College, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen at the 2018 Cabin Crew Fair in Lagos organized by MamaJ Aviation Consult Limited, said the institution has been voted again to receive the award as the institution with the highest number of instructors in the world for the third year running.
He said the school was also recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a regional training center of Excellence.
“On our part what we are doing to raise the bar in cabin crew training is that we are introducing an automatic fire simulator in Zaria next year the project will be completed, it is first of its kind in this part of Africa, we will be able to simulate scenario that are related to fire and smoke such as seat fire, cabin fire, lavatory and gale fire, so the cabin crew will be able to have a better understanding of these emergencies and become better trained”, he said.
On the theme of the Cabin Crew Fair, the NCAT rector said the school was raising the bar in all standards including in cabin crew training, adding that two weeks ago, the college graduated 40 cabin crew which had been added to the industry.
He noted that the cabin crew that train in Zaria come out rated on the Boeing 737.
“So they can go out and start working on a Boeing 737”, he noted.
Mohammed, who applauded the organizer of the cabin crew for coming up with such program to bring cabin executives together to brainstorm and network on how to take the profession to a higher level, said the turnout of people at the fair was a testimony that the Fair had imparted positively on the industry.
“Most definitely, I was pleasantly surprise by the number of people that turned up, virtually every seat is taken so that goes to show that more people are becoming aware of this and more people are showing interest and I believe that the organizer, MamaJ has done a good job and am sure that next year she will need a bigger space for this fair”.
Convener of the Cabin Crew Fair and CEO, MamaJ Aviation Consult Limited, Joy Ogbebo in her address of welcome observed that raising the bar of the cabin crew profession required a holistic approach by all stakeholders , which must be conscious, intentional and a deliberate one.
” We all have a role to play. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, the training organizations and the Airline Management. The crucial role of the respective organs and agencies to check mate the standards cannot be over emphasized”.
She stressed that one of the ways to keep raising the bar of the profession was to create a feedback system and consistently review the processes for improvement.
“We must aim to be above standards at all times”, she said.