The fifth edition of the Women in Aviation (WIA) Middle East Chapter General Assembly, held as a co-located event from the 20e edition of the Airport Show at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), awarded scholarships worth over US $ 50,000 and honored women who help the aviation industry achieve gender diversity. For the first time, an exclusive awards program was organized to honor the rising stars of aviation. The WIA General Assembly presented the first award of its kind in the MENA region designed to recognize the achievements of organizations and individuals working in the aviation and aerospace fields in more than 19 countries. Recognition includes honoring key women who have contributed to gender diversity in the aviation industry.
This year’s winner is Lilit Tshughuryan who established and runs the Akademikka Training Institute in Dubai. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) approved institute offers professional development courses in aviation and other fields. The award in the Educational Institution category for attracting the most students went to Alpha Aviation Academy (AAA) which is operated by Air Arabia and has state-of-the-art pilot training facilities. It is the leading provider of pilot training in the Middle East and one of the largest providers of multi-crew pilot licensing in the world. He has trained over 650 students and over 400 graduates who then flew with the MENA region’s first LCC based in Sharjah.
Mervat Sultan, co-founder and president of the WIA Middle East section and one of the first women in the Arab world to obtain an FAA-GCAA flight dispatch license, says the movement to enlist more women in the aviation in the Middle East region remains an ongoing movement. effort and this year’s event was a great success. Sultan, an executive with RamJet Aviation, an aviation support company, said the WIA Middle East section provided scholarships worth more than US $ 50,000 this year.
Nasima Harraq, Michelle Troccoli and Chelsea R. Montgomery received Crew Resource Management (CRM) training from Wolston Sky founded in Ras Al Khaimah to empower and train aviation professionals by Captain Christina Tervo. Zineb Mohamed Sharif received a full two-year Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) Fellowship from Vision Concept Aviation Training Institute (VCATI), a leading aviation learning center founded in 2013 by Captain Mohammed Al Suwaidi, a former air operations inspector in the United Arab Emirates. General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Captain Mohamed Al Suwaidi, CEO of VCATI, said: “Our institute is open to students of all nationalities. In accordance with our policy of supporting the local community, we will start from the start of the next academic year to award a free scholarship each year to one of the deserving students to enrich new skills in the aeronautical engineering sector that has enormous potential.
The Middle East will have demand for 2,945 new commercial jets over the next two decades, according to Boeing. The US company’s Pilot and Technician Outlook 2020-2039 says the Middle East region will need 63,000 pilots, 63,000 technicians and 108,000 cabin crew members during this period. A report by Oliver Wyman indicates that the size of the Middle East airline fleet is expected to increase by 2.1% over the next five years. The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are the two main aviation markets in the region, together accounting for around 73 percent of the total fleet size in the AGCC aviation sector.
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