A Nigerian trained pilot, Mr. Ambrose Ojobo has said that, his considerations for joining Emirates Airlines are due to the carrier’s safety culture, job security, reliability, self-improvement opportunity, career progression, span of route network, quality of training, and remuneration benefits among others.
Ojobo, a First Officer is a Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) trained pilot flying Boeing 777 aircraft with Dubai based and world-class Emirates Airlines. Speaking at a media chat with journalists in Dubai recently, the pilot pointed out that all these qualities and others which he found with Emirates Airline, made the carrier his Ideal place of work.
According to him Emirates which has been named ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2018 Air Transport Awards had also given him multi-cultural exposure, rewarding and positively challenging opportunities. Although, Ojobo is trained and certified to fly Boeing 777, he maintained that discipline is the bedrock of every successful pilot, which branches off to sound knowledge, good skills and resilient attitude.
“I am currently certified on the Boeing 777 aircraft. Factors to consider prior to each flight are summarized into the pre-flight preparation briefings; a constant review of the aircraft manual, continuous recap of the aircraft procedures. We are also provided rigorous training on flight simulators to handle any possible scenario that might arise during a flight so we are mentally prepared”, Ojobo said.
On what inspired him to join the flying career, the pilot said “It was fired by my toy ‘Bullet train’, vehicles and how they move; cars, trucks, the fighter jets, and the big mighty Jumbo jet (Boeing 747). My uncle who was an air force pilot, fate and my parents Mr. & Mrs. I.B. Ojobo for investing in me”.
Commending Emirates Airlines for the kind of robust training the airlines is extending to the workers, Ojobo said “Training is world class here at emirates, my initial training on joining was for approximately 3 months which included, the Company induction training to the B777 type rating course comprising of the ground school classes using advanced Computer based training to the B777 simulator initial training and finally ending with the line training flying to at least all the continent’s on world within the route network”.
“Furthermore, every 6 months we are required by regulation and company policy to stay abreast with the latest training developments carrying out recurrent training ground school; then Validating the B777 type rating, Low Visibility Operation and a Line Operations Scenario and Evaluation. In addition, every 3 month we refresh our UPRT (Upset recovery training). These trainings are performed in the B777 simulator at Emirates training college. The airplanes are world class, new and maintained by a world class maintenance team”, he added.
Disclosing the secret behind, Emirates successes as a global brand, Ojobo said “first of all I feel it was not magic but, visionary approach and dedicated commitment to hard work by an excellent team always seeking best ways to improve our customer experience”.
“I started my flying career in Nigeria, at the Nigerian college of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Kaduna state. I was then retained and employed to be a Flight instructor, which I did for four and half years. I then moved to actively flying airline commercial jets on the B737NG and now trained by Emirates airline flying the big dream jet Boeing 777”, he said.