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Cambodia’s First Aviation Academy Receives SSCA Inspection for Compliance

Cambodia’s First Aviation Academy Receives SSCA Inspection for Compliance

Gareth Johnson

The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) conducted a thorough inspection of Cambodia’s first flight training school, Novation Academy, to ensure its compliance with all regulatory requirements. This inspection signifies an important step in the growth of the aviation industry within the country and the region.

The inspection, which took place on 16th March 2023, was attended by prominent SSCA officials, including Mr. Kearithy Meas, Ms. Somarylen Deth, Mr. Nhek Vanthon, Mr. Norng Sao, and Mr. RathanakOudom Chem. As the governing body for civil aviation in Cambodia, the SSCA is responsible for regulating airports and licensing flight academies.

Support from the SSCA and the Cambodian government

During the inspection, SSCA officials scrutinized the syllabus being taught to students, evaluated the equipment being used by the school, and observed active classes in session. The primary objective of the inspection was to confirm that Novation Academy was adhering to the rules set out by the SSCA and global aviation standards and to ensure that the school is providing proper training for the next generation of Cambodian pilots.

Read more: Novation Academy aims to turn Cambodia into a flight training hub

As reported earlier by Cambodia Investment Review, Novation Academy’s long-term plan is to become not just a national training center, but also a regional hub for new pilots. This ambitious project has received strong support from both the SSCA and the Cambodian government.

Novation Academy flight simulator at its training center

Kirill Bratchenko, Managing Director of Novation Academy, stated that the inspection went “very well” and that the attendees even had the opportunity to witness a commercial pilot’s class. He emphasized the importance of compliance for the company from both legal and business perspectives.

Saying, “We are fully committed to compliance at Novation Academy and were pleased to be able to present not just our course materials, but also show them our classes in practice. We felt it went very well, and we look forward to further cooperation as we grow as a school.”

Showcasing commitment to transparency and excellence 

The inspection not only ensure regulatory compliance but also presented an excellent opportunity for Novation Academy to showcase its commitment to transparency and excellence in the field. Bratchenko said, “We might be the first school in Cambodia, but our aims are much bigger.”

“We want to be the market leader within the sector throughout the region and a place where people want to get their pilot’s license. Attracting people, though, requires trust, and we feel our transparency in working with the SSCA will help us in this respect,” he added.

Novation Academy hosts pilot teachers at their Phnom Penh training center.

In the coming months, Novation Academy is expected to receive its first private plane, the 2-seat Magnus Fusion 212, which will immediately be put into service for training purposes. This acquisition marks another milestone in the academy’s journey to become a leading aviation training center in the region.

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