EPPCO pursues Emiratization of aviation operators training program
The first batch of five Emirates Petroleum Products Company (EPPCO) Aviation operators has begun an intense 44-week training program, focusing on aircraft refueling and airport safety issues.
“EPPCO Aviation’s role is key to the nation’s strategic position and our Emiratization policy is very much evident here,” said Hussain Sultan, Group Chief Executive & Board Member - ENOC, of which EPPCO Aviaion is a subsidiary. “Dedicated, committed and inspired, United Arab Emirates (UAE) national operators are needed to handle the company’s vital assets, including the Gulf’s largest, 60 kilometer jet fuel pipeline built and operated by EPPCO Aviation to exclusively serve Dubai International’s current and future needs.”
The training program, the only one of its kind in the UAE, was designed in-house and consists of four modules; general familiarization with an airport environment is followed by intense training in English and mathematics, leading to advanced technical training in all aspects of aviation refueling and finally all elements of the training are tested using on-the-job competencies assessment.
The five trainees will then man the airport operations of EPPCO Aviation, the Middle East’s first ISO 9002-certified aircraft refueling company. EPPCO Aviation receives, stores and delivers jet fuel to customers at Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah International airports, in addition to holding a 40 percent stake in the Dubai International Airport tank farm and into-plane service staging facility.
EPPCO Aviation currently manages the Joint Industry Fuel Farm through which all Dubai International’s jet fuel needs are met. It also chairs the Oil Companies’ Technical Committee. This committee is responsible for technical input to the Department of Civil Aviation and airport authorities on fuel systems’ expansion and upgrades. — (menareport.com)
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