Nelson Aviation College (NAC) has ordered a new Pacific Simulators ProJet PS2.5 which will be used to
conduct Air New Zealand’s Airline Integration Course for future airline pilots. NAC is the second flight
school in New Zealand so far this year to order a new jet simulator from Pacific Simulators.
NAC is located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand and has a rich history of over 40 years of
pilot training. With the current global pilot shortage, there is strong demand from all levels of
commercial aviation and especially airlines.
The ProJet PS2.5 is a fixed‐base Flight Training Device (FTD) based on a narrow‐body, twin engine jet
aircraft used for airline preparation programmes. It is appropriate for pilots who have gained their
Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi‐Engine Instrument Rating but have yet to experience the
complexities of a large jet aircraft.
Nelson Aviation’s CEO, Giles Witney, stated about the new acquisition “We are proudly an Air New
Zealand Preferred Flight Training Organisation and the ProJet PS2.5 further enhances our ability to
provide ‘airline‐ready’ pilots. The pilot training market is extremely dynamic at the moment and
anything that improves skills is a huge advantage. Until recently we have been using Air New Zealand
simulators. However, for logistical reasons, having our own device was the best way forward”.
Pacific Simulators will deliver the device in mid‐September, in time for the next intake of Airline
Integration Course students
“There has been a strong increase in demand over the last 12 months from flight schools, universities
and airlines for our type of simulators”, stated Iain Pero, Sales Director at Pacific Simulators. “It’s
wonderful to see the aviation market in such a positive position and great that we are able to see New
Zealand aviation benefitting from this growth”.