The local aviation industry has been boosted with the addition of 27 aeronautical engineers as the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School on Friday hosted its 19th graduation ceremony.
Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Egbert Fields welcomed the 33 technical officers to the aviation sector.
This is as the local industry continues to expand, resulting in more persons becoming interested in pursuing the field of aeronautical engineering.
Some of the newly licensed aeronautical engineers
While 33 young aviators graduated from the institution housed at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, only 27 are licensed.
Of the 33 students graduating the Aeronautical Engineering School, 29 applied to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority for their licenses to commence operations. From this total, 27 of the graduates were approved and granted the necessary authorisation.
Delivering the feature address at the graduation ceremony was Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Egbert Fields, who outlined the significance of the aviation sector, while reiterating the responsibilities now entrusted on each of the graduating students.
“Aviation is the key for development and that is where you fit in as young engineers. You are the ones who will be there to prepare the aircraft, to maintain the aircraft, to ensure that the aircraft flies safely.”
The GCAA Director-General congratulated both the graduating class of 2017 and the institution for their landmark achievement recorded for the first time this year.
Emerging at the forefront of the graduating class for 2017 was Raphel Roger, who secured all distinctions.
In light of the several ills to befall the aviation sector in recent months, Fields charged the newly certified technical officers to comply with the regulations governing their practices as they kick off their careers as aeronautical engineers.
“You cannot allow lawless or disorder to get into aviation. You cannot allow not sticking to the right practices and not adhering to the regulations to come into aviation,” insisted the Director General.
The Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School was commissioned in 1997, with the first year seeing an enrollment of seven students.
Twenty years later, the institution this year registered 28 new students and has thus far produced a total of 394 aeronautical engineers.
The school has over the years established itself as a top of the notch aviation academy, having been certified by several authorities, both locally and internationally. In fact, the Harry Wendt School Aeronautical Engineer School is the only of its kind to receive the much sought after ISO 9001 certification across the region.
Courtesy Guyana Times Newspaper