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Pretoria – Young people in the city who are interested in aviation should benefit from the establishment of another aviation school.
The Paramount Group Technical Aviation Academy in Polokwane in Limpopo moves to Wonderboom National Airport.
This was welcomed by the city of Tshwane, who said it would add value to the lives of residents and the city, which has worked hard to improve the airport and return it to its glory days.
Speaking to the Pretoria News, Paramount Aerospace Systems chief executive Brian Greyling said it was a strategic decision to move the academy to a more frequented location with a larger population. The move also made operations easier, as the academy would be adjacent to the company’s state-of-the-art aircraft manufacturing plant in Onderstepoort.
“In particular, it was found that moving to Gauteng would be more convenient for students, who will spend less time traveling from their residence to the academy for walk-in classes and labs.”
Greyling said they would offer training in the trades of mechanical and avionics technicians.
“Mechanical-oriented students will be exposed to training in all aspects of aircraft, airframe, hydraulics, piston engines, turbine engines, landing gear, pneumatic systems. to fuel systems, while the avionics training certification also covers all aspects of the aircraft avionics industry such as aircraft instruments, electrical systems, radios and navigation systems, ”he said. -he declares.
According to a forecast recently released by Boeing, more than 27,000 new technicians will be needed in Africa amid demand exacerbated by the Covid-19 epidemic, where many internationally certified aviation maintenance schools have had to completely suspend their operations. Reacting to this, Greyling said: “There have long been a shortage of local talent in the South African aviation technician and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) industries, largely due to insufficient training in the country, “brain drain” of our brightest and best.
“As we return to the sky to the precipice of Covid-19 recovery, we at Paramount look forward to the opportunity to serve as Pretoria’s high-skill learning and fulfillment hub and to provide instruction. practices to educate Africa’s next great aviation technician. “
For the city of Tshwane, the move was a positive development, said Chief of Staff Jordan Griffiths, as it would complement the city’s strong aviation and defense sector. “We have also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Airports Company of SA which aims to further harness the potential of Wonderboom Airport.
“This is great news for residents and the City, because it really helps us position ourselves in a competitive space. ”