First ever Boeing 727 jet landing in Couva.

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This jet landed in Couva today.

Published on Aug 7, 2015, 1:01 pm AST

The Camden Airstrip welcomed the arrival of the Boeing 727 jet, the 9Y-UTT, on August 7th, 2015 at around 9:00 a.m. This highly anticipated flight was the first time an aircraft of this size has ever landed on the strip, and served as a precursor to the Launch of UTT’s Aviation Campus at Camden later this month.

Present at this event was Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training, the Honourable Fazal Karim, who added that it was a day “truly unprecedented in the history of Trinidad and Tobago” and promised that there was more in store with the Launch of the Aviation Campus. He added that Dr. Michael Dowlath and his team from the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) had completed a quality assessment to ensure that the aviation-related programmmes to be offered by UTT would be GATE-approved. Minister Karim noted that Camden, once known in relation to the sugar industry, would soon become known for the aviation training provided there- from a place of “cutting cane” to “flying plane”.

The arrival of the jet was part of a series of exciting events surrounding the future Launch. During the course of this week, over fifty (50) students between the ages of eleven (11) to fourteen (14) attended the “Aviation Junior Camp”, designed to introduce them to this exciting industry. These students, along with their parents, were also on hand to witness the historic arrival of 9Y-UTT. Furthermore, twenty-five (25) UTT students will soon graduate with the nation’s first Certificate in Aviation Technology, with more programmes soon to come under the ambit of the UTT Aviation Campus at Camden.