Recently, Aviation experts assembled in Lagos for the 2nd edition of Aviation Careers Conference. In this piece, ANTHONY AWUNOR writes on the matters arising from the conference, concluding, that mentoring is key to effective human capital development.
Shortage of manpower, ageing workforce and technological innovations have been a major challenge facing professionals in the aviation industry. Worried by this phenomenon, stakeholders in the nation’s aviation industry attended an industry based conference recently, to brainstorm on ways to address the situation. Mentoring of the next generation Aviation professionals was therefore, the subject at the recently concluded 2nd Aviation Careers Conference with the theme: “Mentoring for Effective Human Capital Development”. During the deliberations, stakeholders reasoned that the industry must be ready to let the youths in, on the opportunities that abound in the industry. The event organised by an aviation consultant popularly called MamaJ witnessed experts in the various areas in the industry who helped those in attendance, especially the youths who have interest in aviation to begin to see areas where they can fit in. Managing director, Caverton Helicopters, Captain Josiah Choms, opined that, this was the time for the aviation sub-sector to formally create mentorship programs to midwife the next generation of aviation professionals if progress was to be achieved.
Represented by Mr. Ayodele Omueti, Choms noted that mentors were important and given that the industry was evolving technologically. “How can mentorship improve us? As a mentor, one expects you will be teachable, you have a hunger to learn, show humility because someone is going to be your councilor.” On his part, the rector of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology( NCAT), Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed , pointed out that, human capital development was the backbone of civil aviation without which the industry is nowhere. Mohammed said,”Basically, there are two ways we can handle this: First, by effective and robust mentoring programme for aspiring and young professionals. Experienced aviation professionals must connect with aspiring young people to guide, inform and inspire them about the industry. This chance to meet with industry professionals will give the young ones opportunity to ask the relevant questions about the aviation sector and be able to decide which area of aviation best fits them.
“It is also a chance for them to get firsthand information on skills they might need to develop and innovations they might need to introduce to the aviation industry. The interaction between the aviation professionals and aspiring aviators will in the other also benefit the professionals too as it will be a chance for them to get feedback of what the industry looks like from an outsiders’ view and what the prospective employees seek from their prospective employers.
“The second is by developing a new generation of aviation professionals that can step in to take over from the aging professionals in the industry. Fortunately, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is at the forefront of this goal with the introduction of the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP).” Speaking earlier, convener of the conference and CEO MamaJ Aviation Consult, Joy Ogbebo, said countries that are advanced and have taken aviation to the next level were the ones that had taken proactive steps to develop human capital. “There is no better time to start investing in the next generation of aviation professionals through human capita development,”Ogbebo said. The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has recently approved the purchase of 27 short and medium haul aircraft.
According to the board, purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo would be converted into firm orders. With this decision, the Lufthansa Group is reacting to the positive market and earnings development and thus ensuring the necessary fleet size in the coming years. The total investment of this order amounts to a list price of about three billion US dollars. This increases the total number of A320neo and A321neo orders to 149 for the Group, 13 of them are already operating with Lufthansa. The A320neo and A321 New Engine Option (neo) are scheduled for delivery in 2023 and 2024. Ten of the 27 new aircraft are intended for SWISS, the remaining aircraft would be in service by other flight operations within the Aviation Group. One part of the order would be equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines (PW1100G), the other with LEAP-1A engines from CFM International. This means that both engine types would continue to be available to the Lufthansa Group in roughly equal proportions for the “Neo” family.
The innovative engine technologies developed by Pratt & Whitney and CFM International as well as the aerodynamic wingtips (sharklets) with which the aircraft are equipped reduce fuel consumption significantly by up to 20 percent per seat kilometer.As all Lufthansa A320 Family aircraft, the A320neo and A321neo are serially equipped with noise-reducing vortex generators. An A320neo taking off has a noise carpet that is around 50 percent smaller than that of other aircraft of this type.