(Picture courtesy of Bombardier)
Information was received overnight that the aviation training academy attached to the home base of Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa will see the addition of a new simulator in due course. The airline has apparently agreed with Bombardier to install a Q400 simulator where pilots of Ethiopian Airlines, but also from other African and Middle East based airlines using this Bombardier aircraft type, can undergo the mandatory twice a year simulator training sessions, without having to travel half way around the globe to accomplish this regulatory requirement.
This boost for African aviation training was widely hailed by the aviation fraternity across the continent, when the news started to break, and although no formal announcement has been made yet, a usually well informed source has confirmed that this is due to be made public in coming days. Watch this space for breaking and regular news from Africas aviation scene.