The Nigerian Government permitted the sum of N2.3 billion for the graduation of the local meeting of Magnus Centennial Aircraft at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Kaduna State.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, after the FEC assembly presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister said that this is a significant first step in direction of making Nigeria an aircraft manufacturing hub.
Magnus aircraft: Sirika revealed that the FEC permitted N2.3 billion for the local meeting for the Magnus Centennial Aircraft, which will come alongside coaching.
- “I am comfortable to announce immediately is the actuality; we will certainly assemble the Magnus aircraft and will proceed to do so and not too distant future by God’s grace, the business of civil aviation will begin to manufacture proper right here in the nation.
- “But we are starting by assembling these coaching aircraft and it will occur very quickly.
- “So, the memorandum has been handed in council; the producer of the aeroplane is based mostly in Hungary.
- “And the whole contract sum is N2.3 billion; the completion interval is 18 months.’’
Training: The Minister additionally added that regardless of the civil aviation business stopping the spin and spin restoration coaching programme the want for such coaching had arisen once more, as it allows college students to determine when they get into the spin scenario, and how to get well.
- “We had been all skilled like that as pilots; but as a result of airplanes change into extra and extra technologically superior, the want for a spin and spin restoration didn’t come up, as a result of they are turning into extra and extra subtle.
- “ But once more, the world realised that we nonetheless get into spin or there is a necessity for this ability to be developed for restoration out of a spin scenario.
- “So, most of the producers stopped producing trainers for that objective; and so there are not many individuals now that do that manufacture.
He added the firm, Messrs Magnus, realised the hole and began to produce aeroplanes that can get right into a spin and out of it so that college students can be skilled on that.
The aircraft options: Sirika stated the FG intends to assemble them regionally, citing that the aircraft is absolutely aerobatic, which might be helpful to the Armed Forces.
- “So this aeroplane is absolutely aerobatic, goes into aerobatics; and I believe the Nigerian Air Force and the Air Force round the area will be and excited by this growth, we are taking the lead in civil aviation.
- We intend to produce them right here, assemble them right here in coverage when in the future, you know, promote them out to the place we’re round the world.
- “So this will occur and I believe the first one or two aircraft will occur right here in Nigeria and to fly them inside the remaining 4 months that we have as a authorities.
- “So it is another item that is ticked on our plate, and to which we remain grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.”
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This is regardless of the authorities’s choice of A. J Walters Aviation Limited, EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering (EGME) and Glovesly Pro-Project Limited as the most popular bidders to set up the MRO centre.
Three years after the profitable bidders had been chosen in January 2020, the particulars of the challenge takeoff have remained sketchy.
The failure of the authorities to midwife a profitable MRO facility is costing Nigerian airways about $2.5 billion annual loss, in accordance to stakeholders in the business.
- The loss consists of taxes to authorities companies, manpower growth and employment technology.
- For occasion, to carry out C-test on Boeing 737 aircraft, airways expend at least $1.8 million. The C-test is carried out on aircraft each 18 months.
- The stakeholders insisted that Nigeria’s potential and capability in the international air transport business had been being grossly underutilised and attributed this blame to the Federal Government for virtually eight years.