- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday, May 5, winged another female helicopter pilot and 11 others in Abuja
- With this, the NAF has winged over 114 pilots, amongst which are 5 females, in the last 4 and half years
- Late last year, the NAF made history by decorating the first female fighter pilot and first female combat helicopter pilot
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday, May 5, winged another female helicopter pilot and 11 others at a low-key ceremony held at the NAF headquarters in Abuja.
The winging of the pilots symbolizes their official induction into the prestigious NAF pilots’ corps.
With this, the NAF has winged over 114 pilots, amongst which are 5 females, in the last 4 and half years.
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In his remarks at the ceremony, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, explained that the NAF remained resolute in developing human capacity of both aircrew and non-aircrew through qualitative training to adequately reposition the service for timely employment of Air Power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.
According to him, the 12 pilots winged today had their flying training both in Nigeria and abroad, and have completed the 9 months comprehensive flying training programme.
“I am happy that we have among the 12 the second-ever female helicopter pilot,” he stated.
“We have equally increased capacity for in-country flying training. At the moment, there are also 39 student pilots undergoing various stages of training in NAF flying schools,” he added.
While reminding the new pilots that the art of flying goes beyond the innate technical ability that earned them wings, Air Marshal Abubakar charged them to remain disciplined and constantly develop a balanced mix of critical thinking, leadership skills and the right attitude.
His words: “You are obliged to possess the desire to learn and must always pay attention to details so as to avoid errors as there is no room for errors in the sky. You must develop the ability to remain calm under pressure.”
He further tasked them to abide by the provisions stipulated in the Local Operating Procedures (LOPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and stay away from harmful narcotic substances.
Late last year, the NAF made history by decorating the first female fighter pilot, Flying Officer Kafayat Sani, and first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, with their wings in Abuja.
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