Addu flight school AAA responds to the concerns of student pilots
Asian Academy of Aeronautics responds to the concerns raised by the student's pilots enrolled in the academy.
According to an email by the chairmen Mr.Aliakber Jeevunjee; the students are not able to complete the course in 18 months because of unfavorable weather conditions, inability for the students to complete payment, and complete exams on due time.
The chairmen said that they are trying to bring additional flight instructors and are trying to get the Piper Seneca aircraft fixed for flying however they are not able to do so due to multiple issues faced because of the impact of COVID-19.
AAA also would not be able to fix the Cessna C172RG aircraft that was damaged due to a hard landing and the students must complete the flights on the Piper Seneca aircraft instead.
Ministry of Transport and Maldivian Civil Aviation Authority has most recently carried out meetings with the management of AAA to discuss the issues faced by the students.
Even though the email highlighted weather conditions as one of the reasons for the delay in course completion; Maldives generally has fine weather conditions throughout the year, especially comparing to other parts of the world for as the students needs to complete less than 200 hours of total flight time in 18 months.
Some student's failure to carry out payments and completion of exams in due time are reasons for the delay in course completion however, the inability of aircraft and instructors are a bigger reason for the delay in course completion.