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Second Air Niugini employee wins IFA scholarship

A second staff from Air Niugini’s Engineering Department has won the prestigious International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) scholarship for training this year.

Allan Tira from Kokopo, East New Britain is a Structures and Systems Engineer who was privileged to be nominated by IFA for the scholarship, the first ANG staff member to have won a similar scholarship was Geoffrey Atiken in 1989.

Under the scholarship, Allan will be traveling to Boeing Seattle Campus in Renton, USA in May for a course on Aircraft Corrosion, Prevention and Control.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo congratulated young Allan for winning the scholarship and emphasized on the importance of sharing skills and knowledge back at the workplace.

“You are privileged to have been nominated by IFA. I understand, so much will be covered during the three day course but I also believe that the skills and knowledge gained can be shared amongst your colleagues so that Air Niugini can benefit in the long term.” Mr Foo said.

Allan thanked IFA for providing the scholarship and his employer, Air Niugini for having the trust in him.

He said “I am thankful for the privilege and opportunity. What I learn from the course will be of beneficial not only for me personally, but also my colleagues and the company as a whole.”
The topics to be covered in this course include contributing causes, forms and indications of corrosion, inspection methods for corrosion, corrective actions, and preventive maintenance amongst others.

The course satisfies Air Transport Association (ATA) 104 level IV objectives and upon completion of the course, participants will be able to explain the basics of corrosion on aircraft, identify indications of corrosion, inspection methods to detect and evaluate the size of corrosion damage. They can also describe corrective actions to correctly remove corrosion found on aircraft structure, repair the damage and identify preventive process and maintenance actions to eliminate or minimize corrosion.

International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) established this scholarship to offer IFA members the opportunity to nominate individuals within their organization to receive airworthiness training so that they can improve their understanding of safety related issues in commercial aviation. Air Niugini is a member of IFA.

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