Air New Zealand has launched a specialist Aviation Institute which will provide a range of training opportunities covering most airline industry roles.
Air New Zealand’s training organisation has operated 70 years, but the new Aviation Institute will take that experience to a new level offering pre- and post-employment training opportunities.
The Institute will provide for Air New Zealand’s own aviation training needs as well as outsourced training for other airlines, operators and aircraft maintenance organisations. It will also offer international standard facilities and programmes to local and international students seeking a career in the industry.
Three years in development, Air New Zealand has added considerable curriculum and training infrastructure to bolster its training capabilities. The Institute iwll offer pilot training, as well as other airline roles such as engineers, flight attendants and front line check-in staff.
A major new initiative is the introduction of ab-initio flight training through the Aviation Institute’s First Officer Programme. Initial flight training will be provided by one of five partner organisations and complemented by commercial airline entry assessments, training standards and advanced training modules through to first turbo-prop or jet type rating. The five partner organisations are Air Hawkes Bay, International Aviation Academy of New Zealand, Massey University, Nelson Aviation College and Southern Wings.
Other new additions to Air New Zealand’s training curriculum and infrastructure include a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-certified aircraft maintenance type training; a Boeing 777-300 training suite comprising of a CAE 7000 series full flight simulator and dedicated flight and maintenance training devices; an ATR72 full flight simulator; an Airline Integration Course, which intends to bridge the gap between ab initio flight training and first turbo-prop or jet type rating; customer service pre-employment training; and leadership programmes.
From 2012 the Air New Zealand Aviation Institute will also offer a diploma in Aeronautical Maintenance Certification, aligned with European regulations.
The Air New Zealand Aviation Institute has five schools based at two main campuses in Auckland and Christchurch and satellite facilities across New Zealand, as well as eight Auckland based flight simulators. It has 150 staff and delivers around 35,000 individual courses annually.