GAL and U.S.-based Spartan College partner to provide high-level aviation training
courses to aspiring UAE aerospace technicians
08 November, 2015 | Dubai
Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL) today announced the creation of a new training
program in collaboration with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology located
in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
The training program is designed to offer UAE citizens - whether prospective GAL
employees or UAE Armed Forces personnel - the opportunity to receive GAL sponsored
training at the world’s leading aviation maintenance training institution.
The arrangement is based on a unique set of principles that combine high quality
education with customised features. Focusing on either aviation maintenance or electronics,
Spartan College students will receive English language training followed by an industry-first
technical English course that will run concurrently with the aviation technician-training
program. In addition, GAL sponsored students will receive a full suite of student
services from Spartan College including room and board, and transportation.
“We are honored that GAL has chosen Spartan from a number of international competitors
to be their lead aviation technician trainer,” said Peter Harris, Spartan’s CEO.
“We expect this partnership to develop into a long-term relationship as we open
the training pipeline for UAE aviation students”. The training arrangements may
expand to other technical fields such as non-destructive testing, pilot training
and bachelor degree programs. Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is credited
with training pilots and technicians since 1928, including students from over 62
This partnership with an American university is the first of its type for GAL, a
subsidiary of Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), the UAE’s integrated defence
manufacturing and services platform.
“The new training partnership with Spartan College will create opportunities for
UAE citizens to gain unprecedented experience before embarking on careers in the
aerospace industry or in the UAE Armed Forces,” said Mr Abdulla Murad Al Balooshi,
GAL chief executive officer. “The deep level of experience that Spartan College
of Aeronautics and Technology provides is unparalleled, and GAL’s sponsorship of
the program highlights our commitment to Emiratization and strengthening the UAE’s