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Pilot Shortage Worldwide

This is a normal and healthy situation, but it does mean that we are continually training and advancing pilots to take up the more senior positions as well as recruiting additional experienced instructors and charter pilots which is a huge cost to the Group
12 Mar 2019 12:00
Pilot Shortage Worldwide
Tim Joyce

Fiji, like many countries, is not immune to shortage of pilots around the world.

Joyce Aviation Group’s Pacific Flying School at Nadi has noticed an increase in their experienced pilots progressing faster than in the past and joining airlines.

The company’s managing direc­tor Tim Joyce said this came at a time when demand for new pilots was expected to last for at least the next two decades.

“This is a normal and healthy situation, but it does mean that we are continually training and advancing pilots to take up the more senior positions as well as recruiting additional experienced instructors and charter pilots which is a huge cost to the Group,” Mr Joyce said..

“The Joyce Aviation Group has the advantage of being able to monitor students during their training and draw from suitable recently trained commercial pi­lots from the Pacific Flying School.

“We are able to offer many of them an introduction to charter flying with Sunflower Aviation initially by doing scenic tours un­der direct supervision then pro­gressing to co-pilot on the larger aircraft or skydiving operations.

“Others do an instructors’ rating and continue with Pacific Flying School initially as an assistant flight instructor and pass on their recently learnt knowledge as they develop their experience and qual­ifications with both instructing and commercial operations with Sunflower Aviation.”

Mr Joyce said the big advan­tage for students learning to fly through the Pacific Flying School was that the school was closely aligned to an operating charter and engineering company.

He said their instructors were also involved in charter opera­tions through Sunflower Aviation and able to pass on the real life operational experiences and op­erational decision making to the students.

The recent intake of pilots by Fiji Link were all graduates from the Pacific Flying School.

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