Rwanda gains 10 flight engineers

Newly graduated Rwandan aviation engineers

Newly graduated Rwandan aviation engineers

Rwanda’s aviation industry is adding ten more fight engineers who recently graduated at the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, adding to the meager numbers of plane engineers in the country.

The ten Rwandan students, two of them women are among the 201 students who successfully completed a two year course in Ethiopia.

The graduates include 24 pilots, 96 aviation maintenance technicians, 37 cabin crew and 44 marketing professionals.

Tewolde GebreMariam, the Ethiopian Group Chief Executive Officer, congratulated the new graduates and stated his company has invested huge amounts of time, energy and money for the expansion of the Academy to meet the demand for aviation expertise in the 21st century.

“Ethiopian Aviation Academy is the bedrock of the airline’s success. Self-sufficiency in training of all aviation services expertise right from the inception of our business has been one of the major success factors of Ethiopian Airlines” he said.

GebreMariam also stressed the need to set the standard in high-level quality education dictated by the sophisticated industry. .

“We will continue to invest in the Academy to scale up its capacity both in scope and scale not only to meet our internal demand for more than 17,000 employees envisaged in our vision 2025 but also to address the critical shortage of trained and qualified aviation professionals prevailing in the continent of Africa”

One of the newly graduated Rwandan engineers, Vital Nyabenda said that he will be able to join the Institution of Engineers Rwanda (IER), and contribute to the growing aviation industry in his country.

“I will be working with Rwandair, and I am hopeful that my skills will be beneficial to the country and inspire others to join the industry” he told this website.

Like other sectors of the economy, aviation was devastated by the 1994 Genocide but it recovering steadily, and officials say it’s the drive and skillset of Rwandans like Mr. Nyabenda that will help the field grow.

It was just last year that the East African nation graduated its pioneer class of helicopter pilots at the Kigali-based Akagera Flying School.