A unique programme that enables youngsters to learn more about naval, aeronautical and space engineering If one takes the time to speak to any young child today and ask them what their ambitions are, it is certain that at least 80% of them would say ‘to be a pilot’. Sky is the limit for these [...]

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Asian Aviation Center launches Aerospace for All


A unique programme that enables youngsters to learn more about naval, aeronautical and space engineering

If one takes the time to speak to any young child today and ask them what their ambitions are, it is certain that at least 80% of them would say ‘to be a pilot’. Sky is the limit for these young minds, who have their eyes set on this high-flying career. Unfortunately, when people speak of aerospace careers, the only career that comes to mind is ‘pilot’, but there are so many other options that are available today. It is with this objective in mind that the Asian Aviation Center recently launched a program that is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. “Aerospace for All” is designed for teenagers to give them a better idea of all things related to the field. Many of them know about the career but they do not have sufficient knowledge of the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to succeed in that career.

The Asian Aviation Centre (Pvt) Limited, the premier aerospace engineering and flying training academy in Sri Lanka affiliated to the Kingston University London, United Kingdom and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, held the inauguration of ‘The Aerospace for All Course 2013 ’Sri Lankas only Aerospace programme for all Aviation lovers, on Tuesday the 26th of February 2013 at the largest hangar complex at Colombo Airport, Ratmalana. This is also the head office of the Asian Aviation Centre Pvt Ltd.

Mr.Chandran Rutnam ,Charman of Asian Aviation Centre Pvt (Ltd) and Dr.Peter Barrington, Associate Dean Faculty of Engineering / Field Leader Aerospace Engineering Kingston University London, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively . The Asian Aviation Centre Managing Director Ms.Nihara Jayatileke , the Founder of the Aerospace for All Course 2013, Air Vice Marshal Upali Wanasinghe (Retd) , Director of studies Air Vice Marshal Prishantha De Silva (Retd) , The Aerospace for All Course 2013 newly enrolled student body along with their parents and the present student body and lecture panel were also present at the ceremony. This ceremony saw the ceremonious and official launch of ‘ The Aerospace For All Course – ‘Introduction to Naval, Aeronautical and Space Engineering’. The aim of introducing this program to youngsters of Sri Lanka interested in vehicles and machinery, is that they gain a deeper, practical knowledge of the theoretical lessons. Hence students will be able to make an informed decision when it comes to their career options. An example of practical applications of knowledge is that many students learn about Archimede’s principle in school but with Aerospace For All, they will be able to see how this theory translates into technology that affects our everyday lives.

The program is spread over a duration of three months, with lessons for two days a week. The program is conducted in English and teaches students about technologies in use, literally, from the bottom of the ocean to space. Topics covered include the aviation industry, Satellite sensors & Satellites, Space vehicles & Space travel, Rockets, Helicopters, Aircraft, Land vehicles & Lighter than air vehicles, Hovercrafts, Special types of ships and Submarines. The programme will give the youngsters a complete and comprehensive introduction to the world of aerospace. This program will support the aviation loving teenagers to identify the opportunities available for them in the aerospace industry which is on a fast-paced growth with the development of science and air travel technology. The program is geared to cater for students who have completed their Ordinary Level or Advanced level examinations. The program will be a popular attraction for the young generation as it provides a great deal of practical exposure of the science they learn in school.

This new and one of its kind course was created by The former Director of Studies, Asian Aviation Center (Pvt) Ltd , Air Vice Marshal Upali Wanasinghe (Retd) ,who was also the Founder of the Kingston University Aerospace, Mechanical and Automotive degree programmes that are being conducted at the Asian Aviation Centre at present ,presenting many young, talented and academically qualified Engineering Professionals to the competitive air travel industry . Air Vice Marshal Wanasinghe is a former product of the Royal Airforce Cranwell who was the Director General Engineering & Training and among numerous other important appointments in the Sri Lanka Air force .He was also the Commadant at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and a Council member of the University of Moratuwa, Sri lanka.He brings to the Asian Aviation Centre a vast practical and theoretical expertise.
The college Chairman Mr.Chandran Rutnam,addressed the students encouraging them to follow their dreams , sharing his own personal experiences with his former domestic airline, Lion air.

The Guest of Honour Dr.Peter Barrington the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering / Field Leader of Aerospace Engineering of Kingston University who graced the occasion all the way from London, stressed upon the importance of this course and the value that it would have for students to make decisions considering the options made available to them.

The Former Director Aeronautical Engineering, Director General Engineering, Director Training, Director Inspection and Safety at Sri Lanka Air Force ,Head of Dept of Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Commandant, Junior Command and Staff College at Sri Lanka Air force ,Air Vice Marshal Prishantha De Silva (Retd), introduced the course content to both the students and parents.

For further information please contact The Asian Aviation Centre Pvt (Ltd) hotlines 0773102010 / 0773056269 , email: info@aac.lk or visit Asian Aviation Centre (Pvt) Ltd Information Centre
No 14, Trelawney Place, Colombo 04, Sri Lanka
Joanne Kotelawala.


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