Trainee pilots from Papua New Guinea are on their way to graduating at Coffs Harbour.
Trainee pilots from Papua New Guinea are on their way to graduating at Coffs Harbour. Rob Wright

Pilots are flying through

THE latest class of Papua New Guinean pilots studying to get their wings in Coffs Harbour are well on their path to becoming commercial airline pilots.

Once they complete their training, the 10 scholarship winners will be ready to take over the controls in the cockpits of Dash-8 aircraft, flying with the PNG airline, Air Niugini.

The training program is run by Professional Pilot Training at the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.

Chief flying instructor Robert Loretan said the class arrived in May and should graduate next September.

"Once they are trained, these students will receive multi-engine commercial pilot licences and will return to PNG capable of commanding aircraft instruments as first officers on board Air Niugini flights," Mr Loretan said.



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