March 2018 – Ardmore Flying School in Auckland have just signed a deal that will see them as the first flight school in New Zealand with a jet flight training device. The simulator will be a EuroJet PS4.5 (A320) supplied by Pacific Simulators.
Like many schools in around the world, Ardmore has seen an increasing demand in international students over recent years. The new simulator is seen as the ideal tool to provide airline bridging and jet orientation training to attract even more cadets from overseas.
According to projections from both Boeing and Airbus, almost 700,000 pilots are required to fill demand in the commercial aviation sector over the next 20 years. This is more than the number of commercial pilots that have been trained in the history of aviation! Countries like NZ, Australia and the USA are chosen due to their history of producing top-class pilots, English language and overall quality training methods and culture.
Ardmore’s CEO, Mike Newman is excited about the arrival of the new EuroJet PS4.5. “We have been working with PACSIM for a while now and our plans have finally come to fruition. Whilst it’s a big step for us, with the global demand for pilots showing no signs of abating and many airlines choosing New Zealand for training, we decided now is the right time”.
“Working with a New Zealand-based manufacturer is perfect. We have chosen the EuroJet PS4.5 which is their top of the range device and ideal for pilots heading to an airline with Airbus A320 aircraft. Asian airlines are particularly fond of the A320 and Air New Zealand have a fleet of 30 A320’s with more on the way. It will be a terrific chance for pilots to complete their Ab Initio training and then progress onto the jet simulator, so they are prepared for the next step. In other words, they will be ‘airline ready’ when they leave our school.”