Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New flight school in Central


COMMERCIAL TRAINING: Minister in the Ministry of Works, Rudranath Indarsingh, right, shakes the hand of Harry Dass, left, chairman of Briko Air Services, during the launch of Briko's Commercial Flight School at Camden, Couva, on Tuesday. Looking on is Tertiary Education Minister Fazal Karim. —Photo Krishna Maharaj

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Briko Air Services has opened a commercial flight training school that can teach up to 300 student pilots a year.

The school was officially launched during a function at the company's Camden, Couva, facility on Tuesday.

The function was attended by Minister in the Works and Transport Ministry Rudy Indarsingh and Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, Fazal Karim.

Briko Air Services has also started planning to include helicopter commercial pilot training, said chief executive officer Harry Dass.

Two years ago, he said, the company purchased two 19-seat Jetstream aircraft, to add to his fleet of ten aircraft.

"Our vision is for the Camden base to serve as an additional airport for Trinidad and Tobago, including an alternative for the Tobago airbridge.

A venture, I know, would be proven successful."

Dass said the company, opened in 1984, had for many years provided aerial spraying services to Caroni Ltd's 80,000 acres of sugarcane land.

He said: "As the Government moves to increase food production and food security for our nation, there is a need for aerial application of fertilisers and pest control over large acreages. It is only since the closure of Caroni that there has been a lack of maintenance of watercourses and pest control spraying which has led to the population being exposed to a dangerous level of flooding and subsequent health risks such as dengue."

Dass said that aerial spraying was the only safe method to eradicate the mosquitoes spreading dengue.

Dass said the long-term plan of the company was to develop the Camden facility into a disaster preparedness centre.