Advance Aviation Attracts Students Worldwide

Advance Aviation Training (Fiji) Limited’s (ATT) professional ap­proach towards pilot training is paying dividends with their new $3.5 mil­lion training school and office complex al­ready under construction. This project has
14 Jul 2018 11:00
Advance Aviation Attracts Students Worldwide
Aviation Training (Fiji) Limited’s (ATT) professional approach towards pilot training is paying dividends with their new $3.5 million training school and office complex already under construction at Nadi Airport. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Advance Aviation Training (Fiji) Limited’s (ATT) professional ap­proach towards pilot training is paying dividends with their new $3.5 mil­lion training school and office complex al­ready under construction.

This project has come through the in­creased interest among young men and women who want to become pilots.

Company managing director Deborah Hin­ton said they have even received interest from a few people, from as far as England to carry out his pilot course here.

The new complex would house up to 100 students at the flying school and the main­tenance section for their fleet of seven air­crafts that is used during training.

The company has two flight simulators, in­cluding a full motion simulator and a new aircraft expected to come in by the end of the year.

Mrs Hinton said these simulators would be installed in the new building and they have plans of getting a new one soon which would be for advanced training.

“This will make them better prepared when moving into the airlines they join.

“This is more of a purpose-built building to handle school atmosphere as opposed to be amongst the commercial operations of the company.We only do training and no commercial flying.”

Mrs Hinton said the interest is growing, not only in Fiji but from other Pacific Island countries as well countries like Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu New Caledonia and England.

“Yes, this is the reason why we are build­ing this new complex.

“The facility would be larger and offering a better standard of training with more simulators and computer lab set up.”

Mrs Hinton said the facility would be on par with any training facilities in New Zea­land, Australia and most countries around the world.

The training led her husband Wayne, who has more than 30,000 hours under his belt and has been an instructor for over 50 years.

The company also has five other instruc­tors.


Mrs Hinton said they also have young Fijian men and women carrying out aircraft engi­neering and she proudly added that most of their positions in the company were held by young ladies.

“We had recently trained Roselyn Brown to become the first local female instructor in Fiji.

“We also encourage young Fijians to also train to become instructors not as a career but an added qualification when they join airlines.


“AFT has an outstanding reputation which is one of the reasons we chose them, espe­cially for difficult ATPL subjects.

“Not only is Mr Higgins a specialist theory instructor, he is also the author of the text materials AAT uses to conduct our ATPL courses.

“Completing the Airline Transport Pilot Li­cence Theory is significantly important, es­pecially if your desiring to join and fly in an international airline.

“The results of AAT’s students pass rates with all exams are excellent.”, Mrs Hinton said.

In 2017, three of the six ATPL classes con­ducted by AAT (Fiji) were with Mr Higgins these scheduled courses attracted approxi­mately 60 students, including current stu­dents, students of other flight schools and professional pilots.

Advance Aviation Training (Fiji) Ltd’s Stu­dent Co-ordinator Yolanda Wong comment­ed: “AAT provides programmes for all six ATPL subjects and schedules ATPL classes conducted by Mr Higgins depending on the demand we receive from our students and in­terested individuals

“At the moment we are currently projecting to conduct four ATPL subjects this year with Mr Higgin.

AAT’s pilot in training, Sekonaia Naqasima said: “Mr Higgins goes out of his way to en­sure that I understand the contents of his class.

“He used videos and articles and I was ex­tremely surprised when I found out, he was also the author of the text book we use.

“Don’t get me wrong, his classes are not easy, it required a combination of intense study­ing and discussion with my mates. It makes the class interesting and kept me alert.”



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