Pacific Simulators (PacSim) and the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand (IAANZ) have started 2021 in a positive way by signing an agreement on a new Flight Training Device (FTD). PacSim will manufacture and deliver a NextGen EuroJet PS4.5 FTD to IAANZ later this year. Both companies are based in Christchurch and see the 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 it 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.

IAANZ CEO, Jeremy Ford said 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”.

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