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‘Why training pilots costs a fortune, takes longer’


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Co-founder of Zino Aviation, Captain Zino Mario-Ghae, has said that flight training programmes have huge costs and take a longer time due to poor guidance trainees often receive during the programme.

Mario-Ghae said the major gap in the training programmes exposes trainees to a lot of errors, with add-on costs.


Indeed, becoming a commercial pilot is one of the most expensive and challenging career paths in the world. Flight training costs about $60,000 – $100,000, lasting between six and 18 months in flight schools. The pilot is expected to achieve 200-250 flight hours, and pass numerous examinations.

“Because many trainees lack the knowledge, support and guidance needed to pursue a rewarding career in aviation, most aspiring pilots make a lot of mistakes that cost them more time and a lot of money. They are also easily taken advantage of by flight schools, who capitalise on their ignorance for financial gains,” Mario-Ghae said.

He added that it was for that purpose that Zino Aviation was founded to mitigate the risk of failure and ensure success among aspiring pilots.


“We have helped hundreds of aspiring pilots across the world but now we’re predominantly engaged in Nigeria, Ghana and Africa, as we seek to provide solutions to key problems faced in the pilot training space.

“We’ve seen many people spend two years and over $100,000 on flight training when they could have spent six months and just $35,000 but their lack of knowledge cost them dearly. Our primary focus at Zino Aviation is to provide the knowledge and mentorship aspiring pilots need as well as put them on our flight training programmes, which will allow them to finish their training in the shortest time and with the least amount of money spent,” Zino said.

Mario-Ghae is an experienced British-Nigerian Commercial Pilot who holds Airplane, Helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) licenses with several thousand flight hours. As a holder of EASA, FAA and NCAA licenses, Mario-Ghae has conducted flight training across the world and is highly conversant in in-flight training affairs.

Zino Aviation is based in Nigeria, the United Kingdom (UK), as well as the United States of America (USA) and is partnered with several reputable flight schools worldwide. In addition to working with individual clients, they also provide flight training logistics and management services for governments, commercial airlines, and private air operators, who are looking to select and train groups of pilots.


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