Flying school takes heed of aviation advice

MOST of the recommendations made in the Department of Civil Aviation accident report regarding the Cessna crash last year have already been implemented by the Pacific Flying School. Picture: SUPPLIED

MOST of the recommendations made in the Department of Civil Aviation accident report regarding the Cessna crash last year have already been implemented by the Pacific Flying School.

Pacific Flying School manager Betty Katarina said that the hazards listed, including mountains and Fiji’s tropical weather were only some of the hazards faced by pilots and also include overwater operations, fatigue, commercial pressures and possible perceived pressures from other aircraft operating in the same area.

“We’re focusing a lot more on operational decision-making by encouraging instructors to gain operational experience through Sunflower Aviation flying so they can impart knowledge and experiences to the students,” she said.

“Training flights within the Nadi area are generally conducted in a very controlled environment, but when they go out on a navigation exercise, they really need to be exposed to the possible changing environments.

“They need to feel more comfortable with speaking to pilots of other aircraft and air traffic controllers, to make accurate assessments and be prepared to change plans and seek assistance when required.

“We have certainly heeded the primary recommendations and introduced a syllabus for mountain flying training and requiring all students to undergo a thorough weather briefing prior to navigational flights.

“We have engaged the services of ‘Aviation Compliance and Training’ a consulting company that specialises in flying schools to review our training syllabus and practices are up to international standards.”

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