Tanzania students have managed to invent a system to enable aircraft pilots to fly planes remotely from home in future.
Sounds scary? It should. Pilots can now work from home, following the recent invention of an advanced Autopilot system (AAS) by the National Institute of Transport students.
According to the Head of aircraft engineering training department for the National Institute of Transport, Makame Abdalah Hamad, the new Autopilot system is capable of remotely manning three-axis movement of an aircraft, including details, attitude and parameters.
While the system was designed purposely for training, for competent base training in aviation and aircraft maintenance, in future it can be tweaked to make it possible to handle remote aircraft control.
… and possibly allow pilots to start working from home, ditching cockpit presence.
“Through this system most aircrafts will no longer need an on-board captain in the cockpit,” explained the NIT Trainer.
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The new development comes at the time when the state-owned National Institute of Transport intends to introduce a special course in aviation, training future air captains for the Private Pilot Licencing (PPL).
It will be the first Government training institute offering such flying courses which means the training programs will be affordable to all Tanzanians.
The new development also comes a few months after the National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Tanzania annulled the registration of three private aviation colleges in the country.
They were scrapped for reportedly failing to meet the required professional standards.
The National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, banned the three doomed colleges of aviation studies among the seven institutions that the NACTVET slammed shut under the same reasons.
The Tanzania Aviation College of Arusha, the Tanzania Aviation College of Mwanza and the Tanzania Aviation University College of Dar-es-salaam were all scrapped from registration by NACTVET.
A statement from the authority indicated that the three flying colleges have been scrapped off for failing to deliver what was expected of them.
It was reported that aspiring aviators cannot afford to go to third-rate schools because their career is one which takes matters of safety rather seriously.
The other doomed institutions of vocational training whose registrations have been deleted include the Lake Tanganyika Zone College and Rukwa College of Health Sciences both operating from Sumbawanga.
Also on the doomed list, are the Institute of Lands which is based in Dar-es-salaam City and the Institute of Social Work, the Mwanza Campus, all totalling to seven vocational institutions that have so far failed to deliver academically.