Ghana eyes first pilot training school in West, Central Africa

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Former Ghanaian president Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings’ dreams are at the threshold of becoming true when the country opens its first pilot training school this year.

Aviation minister Kofi Ada on Monday pegged the cost of the training school to somewhere between US$600,000 and US$100,000.

Ada made the revelation in Accra during a ceremony to welcome Ms. Audrey Esi Swatson, Ghana’s youngest female pilot.

When functional, the academy would aim to produce as many pilots as needed for the local and international market which has a deficit of about 500,000, reports said.

The scheme will be the first in West and Central Africa, sources said.

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