NCAT moves to save cost, takes delivery of Magnus trainer aircraft soon

Moddibo

 

 

…as college looks forward to AMO approval

 

Posted By Sade Williams

 

The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), is to take delivery of some Magnus aircraft for training of students at the college.

The manufacturer is based in Hungary.

The plan by the college is a way of thinking out of the box to acquire a choice of aircraft that in relation to flight performance, fuel consumption and flight security – exceeds all other current models, and on top of that, has a highly environmentally friendly design.

According to the Rector of the College, Captain Alkali Moddibo, who spoke during an interview with aviation correspondents, said the new Magnus aircraft uses the Premium Motoring Spirit (PMS) which makes it less expensive to operate.

Another good feature of the aircraft is that it has a parachute that can save lives.

‘’It will gladden me to tell you that we are moving another step higher.  We are thinking of getting Magnus, which is another airplane that is manufactured in Hungry. We have been to their factory with NCAA and the Ministry of Aviation. We conducted our technical inspection; sooner or later, we will start to have those machines here.

‘’The advantages of that machine are that; one, it is made from carbon fibre, very light and it uses Premium Motoring Spirit (PMS) like the one you use in your car. So, from AvGas, we went down to Jet A1 and we are also going into PMS. It is going to be less expensive to run with that aircraft.

‘’Something unique about that aircraft is that it has a parachute of its own. If you lose an engine, there is a parachute that you will pull and the engine will come out and the pilot will be able to land the aircraft with that parachute. With this, you have saved a life and the equipment. The parachute is there for you in case you lose an engine and the aircraft has only one engine.’’, he said.

Expressing the confidence that the college has enough aircraft to train any number of students, Moddibo disclosed that the college intends to get more aircraft this year, adding that more of the Diamond aircraft which had been ordered earlier, would be delivered to the institution in 2022.

‘’So far, we have Diamonds, Tampicos and Beech Baron 58. We are looking at getting more Diamond aircraft; seven of the Diamond aircraft were supplied in 2020 and this year, we will be taking delivery of two of the Diamond aircraft – double and single engine. At a given time, you have at least five to six serviceable airplanes. Presently, we have about 20 serviceable aircraft at the college, but whatever we have, are enough to train students at any given time.

‘’Like I said earlier, we intend to take delivery of more airplanes this year. We will take one in February and another in April. The Diamonds will be about 15 in all. They are advanced cockpit; we have the latest technology that you can find in any machine in it and it uses Jet A1, which is cheaper than the Aviation Gas (AvGas). Aviation gas is not easy to come back, we have to import it into Nigeria and that is what the Tampicos are using.

He disclosed further that NCAT would seek vigorously, to be an Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) this year, adding that it would also by April 2022, acquire the B737 aircraft simulator.

‘’We are going to try as much as possible to conduct more training locally and internationally and we intend to get the certification of the automatic rescue firefighting training provider certificate from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), which I told you about. Also, we are working on the B737 equipment certification. It is taking us longer than we intended, but we will try all our best to ensure that by March this year or April, we will have the B737 simulator equipment and put it to use.  You need to have the international accredit certification before NCAA will now give you its own certification. For an example, you must have the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or EASA certification and NCAA based on one of those certifications, will now issue you its own certificate.

‘’We are looking for to be an Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) we started last year, but we put it on hold and we intend to continue. Hopefully, we will get the AMO certification this year.”, he added.

 

 

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