Two New Zealand aviation companies have started 2021 in a positive way by signing an agreement on a new Flight Training Device (FTD). Pacific Simulators (PacSim) will manufacture and deliver a NextGen EuroJet PS4.5 FTD to the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand (IAANZ) later this year. Both companies are based in Christchurch and see the obvious benefits of working together to strengthen the aviation sector in New Zealand.
The PacSim EuroJet PS4.5 FTD is a fully enclosed, generic trainer based on the Airbus A320 and will be used for Jet Transition, Jet Orientation Training and Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) to prepare recently graduated CPL cadets for their transition to jet type ratings.
New Zealand is emerging as one of the more attractive destinations around the world for pilot training. Although a small country, it has ideal topography, good weather conditions, low air traffic, English-speaking, well-regulated and now, which is even more important, it is one country that has managed the COVID pandemic better than almost anywhere else and is largely COVID-free.
IAANZ CEO, Jeremy Ford and PacSim Director, Russell Hubber celebrate the agreement.
IAANZ CEO, Jeremy Ford was excited about the deal, “IAANZ and its parent organisation, Canterbury Aero Club, have been training pilots since 1928 and is now one of NZ’s leading flight schools for international and domestic students. The addition of the PacSim EuroJet will provide a total inhouse solution, from ab-initio training through to Multi Crew, providing our customers with the best path to the aviation Industry.”
Although the pandemic saw numbers drop over the course of 2020, we are working closely with the NZ Government and expect border restrictions to ease this year with a surge in pilot demand again in the next 12-24 months. We already use a ProJet FTD, which is based on the Boeing 737, so the EuroJet will provide us with the best of both worlds. In fact, we are the only school in Australasia to offer this to international airline cadets”.