Matt Loretan of Professional Pilot Training runs the Air Niugini pilots through a flight simulation.
Matt Loretan of Professional Pilot Training runs the Air Niugini pilots through a flight simulation.

CASA chiefs inspect Coffs Harbour pilot training base

HIGH ranking officials from the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) have visited Coffs Harbour to find out more about the city's role in training Papua New Guinean pilots.

The Director of CASA John McCormick was joined by four CASA chiefs in inspecting the operation of Professional Pilot Training, which trains pilot cadets for Air Niugini.

The visit is part of industry liaison between airfield operators and the aviation industry body.

Rob Loretan of Professional Pilot Training said the visit coincided with the start of the latest class of eight Air Niugini cadets.

Another eleven cadet pilots are set to graduate from their basic flight training in December.

"The pilots will have spent 18 months in training and after their graduation will undertake first officer training on Dash-8 aircraft in Melbourne before eventually flying with Air Niugini," Professional Pilot Training's Matt Loretan said.  



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