The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority has selected 5 applicants, out of over 270 who had applied, to go to South Africa for training as pilots. TCAA will be spending about 500 million Tanzania Shillings on the training programme, or an equivalent of over 300.000 US Dollars. Aviation industry stakeholders have reportedly contributed to the TCAA training fund to the tune of 200.000 US Dollars, showing a widening commitment to develop local talent and form a resource pool of qualified Tanzanian pilots.
The five will undergo a two year training at the end of which they will, after successful exams, obtain their ATPL (Air Transport Pilot’s Licence) and will be qualified to enter a career as pilot cadets of First Officers with locally registered airlines. This it is understood is a prerequisite to have the country benefit overall. Among the five is reportedly one young lady, already holding a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam, who will no doubt be an inspiration for many others wanting to start a career as pilots or in aviation in general. Way to go to promote local talent and congratulations to the ‘winning five’ who have just earned the chance of a lifetime.