At the moment officer Pilot of Line to Asky Airways, Seni Raoul Bapan is a pilot of Burkina Faso nationality. He managed to fulfill his dream by perseverance and bank financial loan. In this job interview with Burkina 24 done in late June 2017, the Burkinabe pilot returned to his beginnings. Also, in relationship with the new air surroundings Burkina Faso marked by the start of quite a few providers, it forged its crucial eye.

Burkina 24 (B24): Tell us about your curriculum to turn out to be a pilot

Seni Raoul Bapan (SRB): Before I was a pilot, I very first labored at the Company for the Basic safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA ) As an Airfield Firefighter. So when I took office environment in June 2009 I contracted a very first bank financial loan 8 months later on to shell out for the training in order to acquire the Private Pilot License Aircraft at the Traveling Club of Ouagadougou. License I landed following 3 months of intense training. (The Private Pilot License is just one of the ways to be taken to be a Line Pilot Officer.)

A study course of finance to shell out the relaxation of the training that need to continue in the United States in order to acquire the qualification to instrument flights and multi-engined plane and also training for getting the I was striving to increase my flight hour capital by building unpaid flights on Cessna 172 plane on behalf of &#39A mining firm exploiting manganese in Tassiga in northern Mali and western Burkina Faso

In the course of this similar period of time, I was capable to obtain the documentation essential for the preparation of the written exams instrument flight and expert pilot American aircraft, that I was operating on my lost occasions. Just after a profitable on line pre-exam, I went to the Flight Basic safety Academy at Le Bourget in Paris where by I took part and passed the tests. With the Private Pilot License, Instrument Flight Go Certificates and Skilled Airplane Pilot in my pocket, I finally went to Miami Usa in August 2010 for Realistic Instrument Education and Skilled Airplane Multi Flight Engines thanks to a second bank financial loan, and other individuals contracted with some pals and colleagues of ASECNA and also with my mom who did not wait to give me all its discounts.

Just after 3 months of intense training, I returned with the American license of commercial pilot with the qualifications on the flight to the devices and plane multi engines. We were being in October 2010. A 12 months later on, I found myself yet again in Miami at the Panam flight academy with two other pals for the qualification on aircraft of form MD80 with to hope to combine Air Burkina

With the qualification in hand, and following a quick passage to Air Burkina where by I was verified as an airline pilot on MD80, I found myself on the work market simply because not employed at Air Burkina.

B24: And why?

SRB : The cause talked about was a economic issue. But in July 2015, I was employed as a pilot on Caravan plane for the ESSAKANE gold mine. In November 2015, following a variety of four candidates, I was chosen to be a part of Asky Airways, the Pan-African firm where by I serve as an airline pilot on Dash8 Q400 following qualifying training at the Ethiopian Education Middle Airways and an on line adaptation study course.

B24: Getting a pilot, was this your selection or was it guided?

SRB : Getting a pilot was guided by a enthusiasm, a child&#39s dream, that of just one day driving the iron birds.

B24: What troubles is faced by a Burkinabe pilot?

SRB : The work. The key companies in Burkina Faso are Air Burkina and the ESSAKANE gold mine. These companies convert with concentrate on figures and for a driver out of school, discovering a work promptly in Burkina is not typically easy. There is also Liza Transport Intercontinental which operates jets for organization aviation but regrettably prefers to use the experience and the international labor that nearby.

B24: What is the stage of training pilots in Burkina Faso? Are there enough frameworks?

SRB : Burkina Faso only trains personal pilots aircraft thanks to the traveling club of Ouagadougou. The personal pilot license enables only recreational flights, unpaid flights on specified styles of plane.

B24: Do you have short or extensive time period jobs?

SRB : In the aerial domain, I have no challenge as such. I desired to be a driver of traveling scrap, I am now and I just do my work. I had meanwhile believed of qualifying on the tremendous jumbo-jet Boeing 747, the aircraft of my desires. Sadly, realism shortly opened my eyes, remembering that it is an plane that tends to vanish and that is not exploited by the airlines where by I could sooner or later function.

B24: What do you think of the aeronautical environment in Burkina Faso

SRB : Aviation in Burkina Faso grows 12 months following 12 months with the arrival of new plane operators. Amongst other matters, there is the arrival of a new airline that will shortly serve specified Burkina towns other than Bobo and Ouaga to the great pleasure of the populations of the localities that will be served.

Air Burkina is in a dynamic of enlargement and has just released an in depth recruitment marketing campaign of pilots and designs to reopen specified strains. In a word, matters evolve positively.

The example of the Bobo Intercontinental Airport is there. B24: At the moment, how quite a few pilots of Burkina Faso nationality rely Burkina Faso (Burkina Faso) ?

SRB : To date, Burkina Faso has fewer than twenty expert and civilian pilots in action right here and somewhere else. We are about 18.

B24: A person notices the start of airlines in Burkina. They want to serve the towns of the inside, but the infrastructures do not adhere to. What should precede the other?

SRB: No air action can be carried out or developed with out enough infrastructure. It is true that except for Ouagadougou and Bobo, where by there are intercontinental airports, towns such as Ouahigouya, Fada, Dori, and so on, have only landing runways for most of them. A person factor is specified, if the inner website traffic develops well, the Point out will only be capable to place the essential suggests to develop the aerodromes of the inside.

Air vacation is very high-priced and it is useless to make investments on aerodromes, forgive me, ghosts. The example of the Bobo Intercontinental Airport is there. This airport is idle and runs at a reduction simply because of its non-attendance.

B24: For the advancement of the air sector in Burkina Faso, need to the point out be concerned or is the personal sector assertive?


SRB: Each sides have their function to play. The Point out is already concerned as a result of the resumption of the administration of Air Burkina, the construction of the Donsin airport, the frequent inspection of the tracks of the inside of the region as a result of the ASECNA and the delegation to the pursuits National Aeronautical Industries (DAAN) and so on.

The prime function of the point out is to make the air environment conducive to investment. After that is done, you will see that some personal investors will not wait to devote in this place. We have the scenario of two personal Burkinabè who have developed and regulate nowadays two airlines specifically Colombe Airways and Air Sarada.

Job interview by Ignace Ismaël NABOLE

Burkina Faso


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