August 2018 – Nelson Aviation College (NAC) has ordered a new Pacific Simulators ProJet PS2.5 which will be used to conduct Air New Zealand’s Airline Integration Course for future airline pilots. NAC is the second flight school in New Zealand so far this year to order a new jet simulator from Pacific Simulators.

NAC is located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand and has a rich history of over 40 years of pilot training. With the current global pilot shortage, there is strong demand from all levels of commercial aviation and especially airlines.

The ProJet PS2.5 is a fixed-base Flight Training Device (FTD) based on a narrow-body, twin engine jet aircraft used for airline preparation programmes. It is appropriate for pilots who have gained their Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating but have yet to experience the complexities of a large jet aircraft.

Nelson Aviation’s CEO, Giles Witney, stated about the new acquisition “We are proudly an Air New Zealand Preferred Flight Training Organisation and the ProJet PS2.5 further enhances our ability to provide ‘airline-ready’ pilots. The pilot training market is extremely dynamic at the moment and anything that improves skills is a huge advantage. Until recently we have been using Air New Zealand simulators. However, for logistical reasons, having our own device was the best way forward”.

Pacific Simulators will deliver the device in mid-September, in time for the next intake of Airline Integration Course students.

“There has been a strong increase in demand over the last 12 months from flight schools, universities and airlines for our type of simulators”, stated Iain Pero, Sales Director at Pacific Simulators. “It’s wonderful to see the aviation market in such a positive position and great that we are able to see New Zealand aviation benefitting from this growth”.

Pacific Simulators Head Office and factory is in Christchurch, New Zealand with a sales and marketing office in Sydney, Australia. They have been manufacturing simulators since 2002, with focus shifting heavily to the training market over the last three to four years.

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