Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has charged the newly winged pilots of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to be relentless in the pursuit of excellence and professionalism as operational pilots and operators. 

Air Marshal Amao made this call at the winging ceremony of 16 new NAF pilots and operators held at the MD Umar Blue Room, NAF HQ in Abuja, on Wednesday. 


It is the fifth edition under the current NAF Leadership of Air Marshal Oladayo Amao. The winging ceremony had in attendance Branch Heads, Directors and relatives of the newly winged pilots.

The CAS called on the newly winged pilots to imbibe the doctrine of jointness at the front lines as they synergize with personnel from Sister Services and other security agencies in pursuit of national objectives. 

The CAS said the exercise was designed “to enhance and sustain critical airpower capabilities required for joint force employment in pursuit of national security imperatives."

He said through foresight and diligence, the Service has effectively keyed into one of the major drivers of the vision, which is to “pursue purposeful training and human capacity development”.

He said the right mix of numerical strength and qualitative manpower in all relevant competencies are the key drivers of effective and efficient military operations. He said it is what informed the need to pursue training of NAF personnel both locally and overseas. 

He said another set of 11 student pilots are currently being trained in South Africa, while 3 are in Egypt.12 student pilots are undergoing Super Tucano training, 4 others are undergoing helicopter training in the United States of America. 

Locally, he said over 100 pilots are currently undergoing various types of flying trainings, ranging from Basic Fighter Training, Basic Transport Training, Ab-Initio Flying Training, Initial and Basic Training and Helicopter Pilot Training at various NAF flying training institutions nationwide.

Chief of Training and Operations, Air Vice Marshal James Gwani jad earlier said 4 of the new pilots were trained at the Draken Europe Helicopter Academy, United Kingdom while the other 12 were trained locally at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna. 

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