AATO and AviAssist to cooperate on Aviation Safety in Africa
The Association of African Aviation Training Organisations (AATO) and the AviAssist Foundation have signed a co-operative agreement in Montreal. It will see the two organizations work more closely together to promote aviation safety training in Africa. Under the terms of the agreement parties will collaborate on the standardization and harmonization of aviation training in Africa for improved safety and efficiency of air transport through higher standards of training.
Margareth Kywarwenda, secretary general of AATO: “The AATO works to harmonize aviation training and create continent-wide standards across Africa. Safety is an important part of the training picture in Africa. This partnership will enable technical co-operation between our two organizations on training for aviation personnel and research and development related to aviation training. AATO is committed to promoting aviation safety training in Africa and this partnership helps us to achieve this goal.”
“AviAssist has been supporting efforts to make the African region more self-sufficient at aviation safety promotion since 1995”, says Ron Louwerse, Chairman of the board of AviAssist. “With this new relationship, we are better positioned to improve access to world class safety training in Africa and encourage African professionals to be trained in best aviation safety practices”.
Pictured above (from left to right) are Margareth Kyarwenda – secretary general of the Association of African Aviation Training Organizations, Capt. Abdulsalami Mohamed – AATO Council member, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen – minister of Infrastructure & Water Management, the Netherlands and Ron Louwerse – chairman of the board of the AviAssist Foundation.
The AviAssist Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting professionalism in African aviation safety. It provides effective and affordable safety support to the African aviation industry since 1995. AviAssist provides safety guidance and resources through training courses, social media and Africa’s only dedicated safety promotion magazine — SafetyFocus. In addition, AviAssist’s Safety in African Aviation conference provides a neutral ground for competitors and regulators to meet and address safety issues. www.aviassist.org
AATO is responsible for the standardization and harmonization of aviation training in Africa by facilitating access to a network of approved African Aviation Training Organizations. It works on common acceptance and recognition of training and certificates, access to standardized curriculum and training content. More at www.aaato.org