6 aircrafts will be operational in 3 months: AAA

Asian Academy of Aeronautics, based in Gan, Addu City is the only flight school in the country | Photo: AAA

Addu City, Maldives – The General Manager of Addu Flying School, Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA), Mohamed Fazeel Rasheedh has stated that when the ordered spare parts arrive, six aircrafts will be fixed and on air in approximately 3 months.

Fazeel said that the main concerns of the flying school students were of the recent changes made to the syllabus and examinations, as well as the delays to their flying schedules. He said that they are trying to find solutions to these issues shared by the students.

To increase the flying schedules, more aircrafts are needed, which will be feasible when the 6 aircrafts are functional after the spare parts arrive. This will take approximately 3 months.

Regarding the single aircraft currently in use, Fazeel explains that under Aircraft Civil Aviation Laws, it needs to grounded for 45 days for maintenance, starting from 30 March.

He added that the other aircrafts could not be maintained due to the fact that the spare parts could not be ordered. This was due to interruption of the school’s previous dollar exchange procedures, however, the government provided a temporary solution.

Fazeel said that he was proud of the 3 students that finished the course back in January, even with all these difficulties. Yesterday, another student had graduated, and Fazeel hopes that one more would finish the course before the end of this month.

Addu Flying School which was registered in 2014 under the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority Act (Act No: 2/2012) has been embroiled in a series of issues with students stuck in uncertainty since early 2020.

In 2020, several complaints from the students of the Flying School caught the attention of people through social media.The complaints ranged from having their course prolonged from 18 months to 4 years since classes were not conducted on time, to the school not conducting essential training and the termination of students without valid reasons.

The AAA issue has been addressed by the Vice President of Maldives, Faisal Naseem, a parliamentary committee, the transport ministry, higher education ministry and various member of the parliament with no parmanent solution.