NIT to offer Flight Operations Officers course

NIT to offer Flight Operations Officers course

By Prosper Makene

The NIT’s Head for Centre of Excellence in Aviation and Transport Operation, Abubakar Noor has revealed the institute plans start offering a number of professional short term programs in this academic year 2021/2022.

“One of the short term courses to be offered in academic year 2021/2022 will include the Flight Operations Officers Course which is currently undergoing the approval certification process by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA),” he said.

The Flight Operations Officer course is expected to be conducted under the department of Flying and Operations Management (FOM) at NIT, which initially is expected to enroll 24 students by July 2021.

According to Noor, NIT expects to produce at least 60 highly skilled Flight Operations Officer graduates by June 2024.

Aircraft maintenance engineering students at NIT in a practical session

Noor also said that the Flight Operations Officers Course to be offered by NIT will be unique in the sense that it aims to cover advanced content, with intensive practical training on flight operations.

He added: “The training for this program is expected to take nine (9) months on full time basis with emphasis on both core modules and soft skills aiming to produce more competent and favorable personnel for the industry.”

“The programs to be offered have been accredited by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) and are recognized internationally, since TCAA is the national representative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which is an agency of the United Nations supervising International Air Transport, navigation and development,“ he insisted.

Noor further revealed that the initiatives to have flight operations program came after the survey that engaged airlines and aviation stakeholders. According to the study, Tanzania lacked enough skilled licensed flight operations officers with a wide range of aeronautical knowledge and important soft skills such as problem solving techniques.

“The normal knowledge based teaching approach takes long time to produce a Flight Operation graduate with necessary skills and competences.  Thus, NITs approach in developing the program is aligned with the industry needs to ensure that the minimum skills and competences are imparted to the graduates,” he observed.

He underscored that the Flight Operations officers are responsible to coordinate and control all technical and operational factors such as weather, over flight permits, route planning, aircraft performance, airport facilities, the aircraft’s technical condition or fuel requirements on a day to day basis for the efficient and effective operation of an airline control center.

“Flight Operations officers will ensure that delays are minimized by confirming the right aircraft is at the right place, at the right time and the right crew is present,” he said.


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