in People

Nigerian immigrant graduates into aviation industry

Posted 13 April 2021 · Add Comment

A Nigeria immigrant has overcomes incredible obstacles to graduate into aviation.

 

Helon Amos was originally born in Nigeria. He was the victim of a basketball talent scam that took him to the U.S. When Amos arrived in America, there was no such talent scout to meet him. After being detained for months and with the help of a local church, Amos was relocated to the Shenango Valley area where Jeff Kollar and his family took him in.  Amos eventually played basketball for Kennedy Catholic High School, winning several state championships. 

 

He received a few college scholarships to play basketball but he turned them down to pursue his real passion- going into the aviation industry.

 

In a recent interview with Youngstown NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV, Amos described his experiences. ”Not many people get to live their dreams,” Amos said. “I'm living mine." "Helon took a tough situation and turned it into an absolute positive one," said Joseph DeRamo, Director of the Youngstown Campus of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

 

Amos is about to graduate from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in aviation technician maintenance with his airframe and power plant certification in May.

 

 “Upon graduation, he will be able to work on anything that flies,” DeRamo said. "He's had near perfect attendance in the 16 months he's been with us. His grades are phenomenal. But, it’s mostly his attitude."

 

While the road has been rocky, Amos wants his story to inspire others who think their dreams are too small. "I'd say go for it," Amos said. "What's the worst that could happen? They say it’s not about the destination, it's about the journey."  Amos was nominated as Student of the Year with the National Aviation Educational Organization.

 

Amos has accepted a job with PSA Airlines in Norfolk, Virginia to begin his career.

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Niger drones aims high

Lifetime aerospace enthusiast, Abdoulaziz Kountché, runs Drone Africa Service, providing vital missions for NGOs and also for Niger’s companies and authorities, writes Vincent Chappard.

Kenya Airways enters partnership with Vipper.com

Kenya Airways has entered a unilateral intermodal interline agreement with one of the fastest growing multimodal mobility platforms in Europe Vipper.com.

Rolls-Royce’s all electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ takes to the skies

Rolls-Royce has completed the first flight of its all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft.

ACIA Aero Leasing acquires its first Embraer E190

ACIA Aero Leasing (ACIA), a provider of regional aircraft leasing and lease management services which has multiple customers in the Middle East and Africa, announced today the acquisition of its first Embraer E190.

Bombardier introduces new Challenger 3500 aircraft

Bombardier has introduced its latest mid-size business jet, the new sustainably designed Challenger 3500 aircraft.

Seychelles borders open up to South Africa

Air Seychelles has confirmed that the national flag carrier will reinstate commercial passenger services between Johannesburg and the Seychelles effective 26 September, 2021.

Aviation Africa 2022SK
See us at
DAS21_BTWDS BT1202090322DIACC BT0809131121Aviation MENA 2022