Renewing contract is best for students: AAA GM Fazeel

AAA GM Mohamed Fazeel Rasheed | Photo: National Democratic Congress

Addu City, Maldives – Addu Aeronautical Academy (AAA)’s General Manager Mohamed Fazeel has criticized the government for attacking the flight school.

Speaking to “CNM” last night, Fazeel said that action cannot be taken against the school due to news media content and tweets from students. He said that this is 2021 and decisions must be evidence-based. Students might say anything and their statements must be investigated in order to set things correctly.

The government is supporting students and attacking the [AAA] school.

GM Fazeel, AAA

Fazeel said that the best results for students will be achieved by renewing the contract set to expire in July 2021. The flight school GM said that he does not know the decision which will be taken by Gan International Airport, however, empasized that the current pandemic situation must be taken into account before any decisions are made.

The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation removed the license of Addu Aeronautical Academy (AAA)’s Head of Training Suranjan De Silva effective May 23, 2021.

In their statement, the Ministry of Transport explain that the license was cancelled due to lack of accountability by the management in solving issues faced by the school and supporting the students complete their course, indefinitely prolonging the duration of their study.

The Transport Ministry also warns that if the school fails to take timely action, they will remove the license issued to AAA’s Accountable Manager Ali Akbar Jeevanji.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has made decisions regarding some of the issues of Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA).

The President has ordered to,

  • Investigate the Head of Pilot training and the accountable manager as per the problems noted in the audit by the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • The Civil Aviation Authority for neglect, due to the delay in solving the AAA issues through an independent commission.
  • Transfer the student loans taken from Bank of Maldives to Ministry of Higher Education due to increasing interests.

While the agreement between AAA and Gan International Airport is to expire this July, all operations at the flying school have come to a halt since April 11, 2021, with no operable aircraft since April 1, 2021. The engineers at the facility have also resigned and departed to their countries over issues in their salary. The school has not yet informed any of the students when an aircraft at the location will be operable or when an engineer will join the school.