Capt. Ado Sanusi leaves Aero Contractors


Capt. Ado Sanusi has left his position as the Managing Director of Aero Contractors following nearly four year stint at the helm of affairs of the carrier.

The decision by the brilliant aircraft pilot to leave at a critical period of the carrier’s life is yet unknown as Woleshadarenews frantic effort to reach him on telephone proved unsuccessful.

His exit from the company is yet to be announced by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) or the carrier.

He brought his wealth of experienced to an airline that was at the brink of total collapse to  ‘profitability’ and revitalized the carrier’s MRO facility which brought needed funds to the company.

It would be recalled that Aero Contractors had stopped operations on September 1, 2016 due to lack of operational funds and the inability to pay for maintenance costs of its aircraft taken out for checks.

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It latter resumed on December 21 2016 with two Boeing B737-500, one Bombardier Dash 8-300 and it was expected to bring in and deploy more aircraft for service.

From February 28 2016, AMCON appointed Mr. Tunde Fagbemi as receiver manager briefly before Capt Fola Akinkuotu was appointed the chief executive.

However, Sanusi stepped in to change the tide of failure to profitability immediately he assumed duties.

Sanusi started his flying career in Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria where he obtained Commercial Pilot License and a National Diploma in Aeronautical Sciences.

He then proceeded to the United States where he advanced his education and obtained Air Transport Pilot Licence, Certified Flight and Ground Instructor’s license in the following institution in United States: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Flight Safety Savannah GA, University of Southern California, Simuflite Dallas TX North America Training and Development TX, USAir Training center Pittsburg PA

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Sanusi worked for Kabo Air as a Senior First Officer and then proceeded to ExxonMobil as Captain and flight Safety Officer. He then joined Virgin Nigeria as a Captain on the B737 Classic.

He later became the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).


Former Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi

He was responsible for managing the entire Nigerian airspace and succeeded in laying the foundation for a performance base airspace.

He worked in collaboration with other parastatals in the aviation industry (NCAT) Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to implement the total radar coverage on the Nigeria Airspace (TRACON).

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Sanusi designed the blue print of capacity building by organizing training for the Air Traffic Controllers and Engineers in the United States.

His position in charge of safety of the Nigerian airspace allowed him to have an insight into safety critical areas of the aeronautical industry including airports management and meteorological services.

Basking with a blend of best American training and vast experience in African operation, Ado Sanusi later joined Arik as a Captain on the Boeing 737-NG and became a Trainer, Chief Pilot and later Vice President Flight Operations of the biggest airline in West and Central Africa at the time.

Wole Shadare