CAPTAIN PAASE TAKES HIS LAST FLIGHT

Renowned helicopter pilot who rose to the pinnacle of his career, becoming a captain, Justin Tsenongo Paase was laid to rest at his home town at Chanchanji, Takum Local government of Taraba last Saturday, 6th April 2019.
Popularly known as Uncle P, Captain Paase was born on 25th March 1951 and started primary education at N. A. Primary School Chanchanji in 1960 -1963 and completed same at N. A. Primary school Takum 1964 -1965.
He then proceeded to Wukari Division Combined Secondary School Takum where he passed out with flying colours and got a scholarship to read mechanical/electrical Engineering OND at the Kaduna Polytechnic which he completed in two years.
Due to his brilliance, he again got a sponsorship to Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre Zaria for a Standard Pilot Course (Airplane) one year after which he proceeded to Carl Duisburg Gesellschaif Air Floyd flying school, Bann-Hangelar West Germany and Commercial Helicopter pilot license with dusting and spraying flight rating Bell 49 series, Goethe institute, Rolhenburg.
On his return from Germany, he got a job with Federal Department of Agriculture/federal department of Pest Control as a pilot in charge of Agro Aviation Division 1973 – 1983.
He later resigned and became the managing Director of Trans Nigerian Aviation Services in Kaduna between 1983 and 1986. Between 1990 and 1991, he worked with .Aero Contractors as Senior First Officer. In 1992 he worked with Pan African Airlines as helicopter Pilot but left the same year to work with Bright Ideas Group Nigeria Ltd as Executive Director until 1996.
In 1996, he joined National Electric Power Authority as Senior Manager (Aviation) and left after ten years to join the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority as flight operations inspector. He finally retired as a Director in that department.
Captain Paase in his days as a pilot distinguished himself in aerial spraying for control/eradication of crop/animal pest in Kaduna, Plateau, Bauchi, Borno and Gongola. In 1983, he did aerial survey for land use and livestock development in Southern Gongola state Nigeria for Resource and Inventory Management Ltd. Between 1984 and 1985, he did aerial spraying against crop pests in Borno, Bauchi, Gongola , Oyo and Cross River State.
He is survived by a wife, seven children and three grand children.

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