CAAN to expand Civil Aviation Academy
Kathmandu, July 4
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has started the process to expand Civil Aviation Academy of Nepal to increase the agency’s capacity to produce more civil aviation manpower.
Founded more than four decades ago, the Civil Aviation Academy of Nepal is supposed to prepare and produce specialised aviation personnel, especially those needed for the control tower and fire-fighting at airports. Though the academy received accreditation from International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as an Associate Trainair Plus member in 2012, it has not been able to attain a full membership of ICAO.
Thus, with an objective to make Civil Aviation Authority robust and able to produce and train required aviation manpower, CAAN is gearing up to accelerate the process of the entity’s expansion.
CAAN plans to set up the new Civil Aviation Academy in Thimi in an area spread over 189ropanis of land. Separate blocks for trainings related to air traffic service (ATS), aeronautical engineering and rescue will be constructed.
“Currently, we are busy transferring ownership of land at the planned site. Once it is completed, we will start the construction of necessary blocks,” informed BirendraShrestha, spokesperson for CAAN.
Under the current format of Civil Aviation Academy, it can train only 16 people at once under each heading like rescue, aviation security and ATS, among others.
CAAN eventually plans to promote the institution globally by also welcoming trainees from abroad.