ST. EUSTATIUS–Young Statia pilot Ivanio Courtar made the first touchdown as a first officer on board a Windwardslands International Airways Winair aircraft, at F.D. Roosevelt Airport, on Monday morning. After Courtar had landed the aircraft safely, he was welcomed by his grandmother Elfrieda Prentice and other relatives, who presented him with a bouquet of flowers.
Commissioner of Economic Affairs Koos Sneek, Director of Tourism Charles Lindo, Tourism Public Relations Officer Teena Lopes and staff of Government Information Service congratulated him on this milestone. Courtar completed his studies in The Netherlands last year. The former student of Milton Peters College in St. Maarten studied aircraft mechanics in Amsterdam for four years, after which he worked for Royal Dutch Airlines KLM, for one year. He then started his pilot studies, which took two years to complete. Courtar is a fully-licensed commercial pilot.
left to right: Commissioner of economic affairs and tourism Koos Sneek, the pilot Ivanio Courtar, his grandmother Elfrieda Prentice and head of Tourism Office Charles Lindo.