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Arab aviation cadet lauded by his nation for superior test scores

Dec. 13, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- An Emirates Airlines cadet pilot who is studying at Western Michigan University was called to his nation's embassy in Washington late last month to be honored for his outstanding scores in aviation testing.

Rashid Bin Malek Al Shahi, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was honored during a Nov. 26-27 conference at the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C., for "outstanding achievement" in the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority Air Transport Pilot's License exam. The ground exam, regarded by many as the most difficult of all airline tests, is known to be notoriously difficult for those whose first language in not English.

Rashid is a member of the first cadet class sent by the Emirates Airlines to WMU's International Pilot Training Centre. He has been studying at WMU since August 1998 and will head to Great Britain in February for his final 10 hours of flight training in the European environment.

John S. Bell, chief academic instructor for WMU's international aviation programs, calls Rashid's performance on the tough CAA exam "astoundingly good."

"His marks are among the highest we've seen here at the IPTC in its two years of existence," Bell says, "and we think they're certainly the highest ever scored by an Emirates Airlines candidate anywhere in the world."

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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