Eleven personnel from the RBDF’s Airwing Department successfully completed the Basic Air Crew and Air Frame training courses for the Partenavia 68 Aircraft on Friday October 30, 2020. Conducted over a two-week period from October 19-30, 2020, the candidates were taught a wide range of topics from the avionics of an aircraft to the fuselage. The courses were designed to ensure that the marines in the Airwing Department execute their duties with a greater knowledge and understanding of the aircraft.
Course instructors for the Air Crewman certification were Petty Officers Shannador McKenzie and Mirtza Turnquest, and Able Woman Marine Kennelis Gibson; and course instructors for the Air Frame certification were Chief Petty Officer David Pople and Petty Officer George Lightfoot. Presentation of awards and certificates was conducted by Air Wing Commanding Officer, Commander Reno Major assisted by Senior Lieutenant Marcellus Rolle and Chief Petty Officer David Pople.
Chief Petty Officer Pople remarked that he enjoyed teaching the course because the marines were very receptive and seemed eager to learn more and grasp the various concepts laid before them every day. Marine Seaman Alexander Duncombe, who completed the Aircraft Mechanic certification, said that as a child he dreamt about working on aircrafts and that his love has been renewed: ‘I feel like this is just what I needed to push me to pursue my degree in Airframe and Power-plant.’