Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

Nigerian College of Aviation Technology
Established1964 (1964)
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The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology is a higher education institute in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. It is funded by the Civil Aviation Department in the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Aviation.

Formerly known as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre, the school was established in 1964. It has a fleet of about 26 training aircraft. These consist of 14 single-engine TAMPICO TB9, 5 single TRINIDAD TB20, 3 twin-engine Beech 58, 2 BELL 206 Helicopters, a B737 aircraft for cabin crew training and 1 TBM 850 aircraft for flight training.[1] As of 2010, about 6,500 students had graduated from the college, which offers course in flying, aircraft maintenance, air traffic control and aeronautical telecommunications.[2] Chief Dayo Abatan was appointed chairman of the college in February 2009.[3]

In 2010, the college was seeking to become a degree-awarding institution through affiliation with a foreign university.[4]

A Nigerian domestic airline, Arik Air, started a scholarship plan in October 2006 for training pilots and aircraft engineers. The first 15 students for the Standard Pilot Course were to graduate in November 2008.[5]

The World Bank tendered for a study on equipment, infrastructure and training needs for the college in November 2008, a preliminary step before allocating funding.[6] As of 2009 although the college undertook initial training of commercial pilots, courses in learning to fly new aircraft types and refresher courses were mostly done outside Nigeria.[7] In January 2010 the president of Aviation Round Table, Captain Dele Ore, called for increased funding for the college so it could meet its statutory obligations.[8]

In March 2014, Captain Samuel Akinyele Caulcrick was appointed rector of the college. [9]

In January 2017, Capt. Abdulsalami Mohammed was appointed the Rector/CE of the College. He assumed office immediately after he was pronounced the new the Rector of the College.


In July 2008, a trainer jet missed the runway and crashed into the fence. The pilot was injured, and the jet slightly damaged. Another incident occurred in 2005.[10]

See also


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  2. ^ "About Us". Nigerian College of Aviation Technology. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  3. ^ Golu Timothy (25 February 2009). "Yar'Adua Approves Board Members for Aviation, Education Parastatals". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  4. ^ Lateef Lawal (2010-01-28). "Compulsory Retirement At Nigerian Aviation College". NigerianAviationNews. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  5. ^ "Arik Air Engineers/Pilots Sponsorship Programme at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria". Jidaw Systems. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  6. ^ "West and Central Africa Air Transport Safety and Security Project in Nigeria". World Bank. Nov 27, 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  7. ^ Capt. Daniel Omale (2 January 2009). "As We Welcome 3rd Minister of Aviation in 18 Months". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  8. ^ Anthony Omoh (15 January 2010). "2010 - Govt Urged to Invest More in Aviation". Daily Champion. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Aviation College Jet Crashes in Zaria". Vanguard. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-27.

Coordinates: 11°8′10″N 7°41′15″E / 11.13611°N 7.68750°E / 11.13611; 7.68750

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