Work is to commence in earnest on the construction of Caverton Helicopters first commercial aircraft simulator training centre in sub-Saharan Africa.
The training centre which ought to have been formally be opened last year was aimed at providing the company opportunity to diversify its income base.
Speaking to aviation correspondents at the ATSSSAN Secretariat on May Day celebration, the Managing Director of Caverton Helicopters, Captain Josiah Choms said work has started but being delayed but will finally go into full swing in the next few weeks.
Choms explained that the necessary facilities required for the work have been ordered and were ready adding that the Caverton group was committed to the project to be located at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which will feature six simulator bays equipped with a CAE 3000 Series AW 139 full-flight helicopter simulator (FFS), a CAE 7000XR Series Boeing 737 NG and two Simfinity Integrated Procedures Trainers (IPTs).
The development is poised to strengthen Caverton’s position as a leading provider of aviation logistics and training services in the sub region, the company.
It is expected to boost local capacity development, while curbing capital flight and improving overall safety in the Nigerian and regional aviation sector.
The training centre, which will be sited on a 40,000 square meters facility at MMIA, will house Original Equipment Manufacturers OEMs.