Aviation Safety: A Selection Test for Trainee Inspectors at the CCAA

Published: Wednesday, 24 January 2024 14:47
In a bid to strengthen the capacities of its aviation safety supervisory staff, the CCAA conducted a selection test, both written and oral, for 40 candidates on January 18-19, 2024 at its Training School in Yaoundé-Nsimalen. Director General Mrs Paule ASSOUMOU KOKI, chaired the evaluation interviews.
To carry out its inspection missions in civil aviation safety and security, the CCAA deploys a team of highly trained inspectors empowered as special judicial police officers, under the legislative and regulatory provisions in force.
The candidates who took the trainee inspector tests come from a range of specializations such as:
-Aircraft airworthiness (AIR), 
-Aircraft technical operations (OPS)-Flight OPS and ground OPS specialities, Aerodromes and ground aids (AGA), 
-Air Navigation Services (ANS), ATS/SAR, PANS-OPS, AIS/MAP, CNS, and MET specialities. 
Once the inspectors are selected, their mission would be to help Cameroon fulfil its civil aviation safety oversight obligations. This will include carrying out checks and inspections concerning issuing licenses, certificates, authorizations, and approvals to personnel, aircraft, installations, and equipment, as well as to aeronautical service providers. Also, they will monitor licenses, certificates, authorizations, and approval holders or quality control activities and solve aviation safety problems. Moreover, they will investigate and record civil aviation offences.

Following the written assessment, focusing on technical and general knowledge, the candidates faced individual interviews with an expert panel led by the Director General of the CCAA.
This selection test was reserved for candidates of Cameroonian nationality who are civil aviation engineers or equivalent with proven professional experience. 
Candidates in the OPS FLIGHT field had to meet additional criteria, such as being a pilot-in-command on a type aircraft, having at least 2,500 flying hours' experience as a pilot-in-command, holding a type rating instructor qualification, and having at least two years of experience as a designated instructor.
It should be noted that the technical nature of the CCAA makes it responsible for monitoring and implementing civil aviation regulations, air transport, and airport development, as well as monitoring and regulating civil aviation safety and security. To date, the CCAA has twelve (12) active internal inspectors, twelve (12) active external inspectors, and eleven (11) trainee inspectors for aviation safety supervision.