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Simulator boost for aviation training institute

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, January 18, 2014

PILOT training at the Advanced Aviation Training school in Nadi was boosted with the purchase of a $250,000 precision flight control simulator.

The only pilot school currently in operation across the region, AAT (Fiji) Limited was given the green light by the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji to use the new equipment for aspiring pilots.

School accountable manager Deborah Hinton said the DCX MAX ProMotion simulator would provide a much easier and safer training ground for the students.

"Its got many uses like teaching them how to fly a plane in bad weather," said Mrs Hinton.

"This one has a two-seater control and that allows those that are still in the very early parts of their training to get experience and fly a plane without having to use an actual aircraft.

"They can practice first in the simulator before going out to the hangar where they have to fly the aircraft."

Mrs Hinton said Fiji was the only other country in the region to acquire such a machine for trainee pilots.

"There are only a few of them in the region.

"The only places that have them are Australia and Fiji.

"So we are very fortunate to have such an advanced machine that simulates all kinds of conditions that a pilot would come across when flying an aircraft."

Chief pilot and managing director Wayne Hinton said the machine was the first full motion reconfigurable general aviation trainer installed in Fiji.

"At Advance Aviation Training (Fiji) Ltd our company motto is setting the standard in flight training in the Pacific and investing in the DCX MAX will help us ensure we continue to provide the highest standard in flight training in Fiji," said Mr Hinton.