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TAKING OFF! Flying School In Nausori

A privately owned flying school-South Pacific Aviation Training Institute (SPATI)- has been set up at Nausori international Airport (Luvuluvu) for students who are interested in becoming pilots. The flying school
05 Nov 2016 11:00
TAKING OFF! Flying School In Nausori
Cessna 172 which will be used by the South Pacific Aviation Training Institute.

A privately owned flying school-South Pacific Aviation Training Institute (SPATI)- has been set up at Nausori international Airport (Luvuluvu) for students who are interested in becoming pilots.

The flying school begins proper next month. Until now flying schools have been only based at Nadi International Airport.

The chief executive of the school and Northern Air, Captain Rainjesh San, said: “We are very proud of it.

“We believe that we will produce quality aviators in the country. And when I say quality pilots, I’m not just after money.

“I want to make sure that we produce the quality pilots required in this country. This means pilots with knowledge, skill and good attitude.”

Captain San said one cannot put a dollar value to the education.

“So far we have already short listed 12 candidates,” he said.

“These students will be taught from private to commercial to airline transport and to instructors rating as well.”

He said there will be approximately 20 students per time at the school for an initial one year course.

“The course is for a year but it all depends on the performance. It can drag onto 18 months maximum.

“You can join this flying school after Form 7.”

According to Captain San after completion of a one year course at the flying school, a student will be awarded with a flying license that would be recognised worldwide.

Also he had bought four Cessna 172 aircraft from Australia a few months back for the flying school.

 

Company background

Both Northern Air and the flying school (SPATI) is 100 per cent locally owned.

The owner is listed as Vidhya Pati Jattan, who is Captain San’s mother and helped found Northern Air.

“This was brought to life after considering a demand under the Look North Policy.

“There was a big gap where the islands and the underdogs were suffering the lack of services at affordable prices,” he said.

“Medical evacuation was too expensive and unaffordable by sickly.

“Most of the operators were based in Nadi and still are.”

Captain San highlighted Northern Air had made a massive difference not only in affordability but availability as well.

Mrs Vidhya Jattan’s vision is being fulfilled by her family and she is very proud of her only son Captain San.

 

Captain San profile includes:

He flew for 23 years with Air Pacific.

Captain San has wealth of knowledge in Aviation and flew all types of aircraft. (Twin Otters, Bandeirante, ATR42, B737NG, B767, B747). He left the national airline in 2010 after his involvement in Northern Air was seen as a conflict of interest.

At the time Northern Air was flying only two Britien Norman Islanders.

In 2014 Northern Air introduced Bandeirante aircraft after going through multiple hurdles.

Northern Air was established in 2007 and the flying school (SPATI) in 2016.

Captain San said:“We are here to make your flying affordable, teach your children to become pilots at affordable rates and make our country rich in aviators and aviation.”

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