This year, Ivory Coast welcomes its first aeronautical school. The INP-HB (Institut National Polytechnique Houphouët-Boigny, National Polytechnical Institute of Houphouët-Boigny), located in Yamoussoukro, aims at training African plane pilots in cooperation with the Airways College.
The agreement, signed on January 11, 2017 by Mr Koffi N’guessan, the director of the INP-HB, Mrs Krista Vandermeulen, in charge of the international development of Airways College, and Mr Philippe Borghini, general director of Airways College.
Starting in April, 25 pilots selected by Air Côte d’Ivoire will follow theoretical lessons on the campus of the INP-HB as well as practice flights in the nearby airport of Yamoussoukro. While this will be the first time commercial pilots will be trained in Ivory Coast, the Airways College has trained Ivorian pilots in Agen, France since 2015.
Such a project also allows the Ivory Coast to form pilots with a partner possessing the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). Equipment-wise, the project involves the construction of 3 flight simulators and at least 10 bimotor planes.
Overall, the Ivory Coast gains a strong partner to foster the development of African airlines and pilots on its territory. Nevertheless, the government will need to invest money to support the initiative and sustain the project.
by Khamel F.