The proposed simulator for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria to be built in Lagos will be ready in December 2016, Footprint to Africa reports.
The Rector NCAT, Captain Samuel Caulcrick, who disclosed this in a chat with Footprint to Africa in Akure Ondo State said, the manufacture of the equipment for the installation of the simulator had gone fifty per cent, adding that he met with the manufacturer’s representative in the country who said they are waiting for the design and pattern of the location in order to get the project installed.
According to Caulcrick, the project which was to be sited in Lagos because of its location as the centre of aviation will be changed in future for Abuja.
The Rector explained that citing the simulator in Abuja will work but not for now following the concentration of aviation business in Lagos.
“The approval we got is for Lagos for a good a reason, Lagos being the centre of aviation for now. That will change in the near future to Abuja, not because it will not work but it will not be as it will be in Lagos. It is a moveable asset,” he added.
Caulcrick affirmed that Abuja will be made the centre in the near future by the time the country start having over 200 airplanes, adding that Lagos remained the best choice for now to reduce the strain on operators.
The NCAT Rector enthused that the aviation college has contributed positively to the growth of aviation in the country through quality trainings, adding that NCAT was considering having campuses in three states in the country.
He hinted that Akwa Ibom, Enugu and Niger states governments have approached the college for the construction of facilities in those states for the college to run them.
“There could be the time a particular region will be the best for training if the facility is ready and the approval is there from NCAA, it will be seamless,” he stated.
Caulcrick maintained that the Degree programme of the college was on course and was awaiting the amendment of the enabling Acts and expressed the hope that it will take off as soon as a new minister was appointed.