Origin of the NGAP Sri Lanka Programme

Origin of the NGAP Sri Lanka Programme

The carrier opportunities as well as general knowledge about the Civil Aviation field in Sri Lanka had been limited to the children of school based in Colombo and the other main cities of my country. 

In other words children at village level had a little or no knowledge about this important field. 

Accordingly, Mr. Gimhan Dabarera, the officer who was worked as a Civil Aviation Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) proposed the idea of a tri-lingual Magazine to help raise awareness on awareness on aviation amongst secondary school children, to organize Aviation Awareness Programme in Schools & form an Aviation club in Schools to encourage them to seek employment in the ever growing aviation industry to a group of his co-workers at the CAA, April 2008, as shown below. 

  • Mr. Dev Samarajeewa 
  • Mr. Nilantha Thennakoon
  • Mr. Ravin Thalagala
  • Ms. Dulanjali Mapitiyage 
  • Ms. Chathuri Senarathne
  • Ms. Lakpani Dias 
  • Ms. Sachini Vithana 

This initial idea was presented by Mr. Dabarera with his co-workers to the Chairman of CAASL, Mr. Lal Liyanarachchi and Acting. DGCA Mr. Parakrama Dissanayake & Mr. H.M.C.Nimalsiri ( DGCA & CEO) – Coordinator of COSCAP-SA. 

As a result of these valuable discussions the next step was to form a new Aviation club with in the CAASL to consist with the volunteer Aviation enthusiasm in the CAASL.


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The carrier opportunities as well as general knowledge about the Civil Aviation field in Sri Lanka had been limited to the children of school based in Colombo and the other main cities of my country. 

The Authority approved Aviation Club to function and conduct necessary programmes in order to meet the objectives of the Club as stated in Note 08/2009/-05.
Then the Sri Lanka Aviation club (SLAC) was formed with the 46 members who are working in the Civil Aviation Authority. The Sri Lanka Aviation Club was selected Mr. Gimhan Dabarera to work as a President of the Sri Lanka Aviation Club and selected Mr. N.H.R. Sagara to work as a Secretary, Mr. Ishara Gunawardhane & Mr. Dev Samarajeewa were selected as an Executive members of the Club.