Airways College signs contract with Institut National Polytechnique Houphouėt-Boigny in Ivory Coast
Airways College, a pilot training school located in France, has signed a framework contract with Institut National Polytechnique Houphouėt-Boigny (INP-HB), Ivory Coast.
This agreement foresees the creation of a section dedicated to pilot training within the Ivorian institution. Twenty-five students should be trained there starting in April. They will be selected and recruited by Air Côte d’Ivoire, the national airline company.
Theory will be given on the campus while flight sessions will be held on Yamoussoukro Airport. In the long term, a hundred students coming from different African airline companies will be trained per year. The INP-HB should be equipped with 3 flight simulators and 12 twin-engine aircraft.
Airways College offers guarantees: the French school (three locations in the country) has almost 30 years experience in flight training and is EASA licensed. The two-year ATP NG300 training course has 50% more practical training than what is required by the Authorities. Due to this agreement, INP-HB will be able to deliver EASA licenses, for the first time in Africa.
Krista Vandermeulen, general director of International business development at Airways College, said: “This new center will fill a lack because today numerous African pilots go to Europe or to the US to train. We are happy to contribute to the development of flight training in Africa. It will create many economic opportunities. This will also help numerous young people realise their dreams, that is to say, have their future offices in the sky”.