Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pilot training school planned in Samoa

Tuesday  11 Jun 2013

APIA, Samoa --- Plans are afoot to establish a flying training school within this year in Samoa.

Local airline Samoa Air is behind the idea.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Langton says they’ve committed to start the school.

“(We’re) looking at establishing basic flying training within this year,” Langton said.

It is to be based at Faleolo International Airport at the old hangar where Samoa Air is establishing an engineering base.

“In the old days there were training rooms there for aviation courses,” said Langton.

He said they’ve committed to starting a Flying Training School here in Samoa to bring Pilots to Commercial Pilot License level and graduate with Multi Engine Command with Instrument Rating.

“(The) plan is to ally the training with the applicable university courses,” he said.

“It’s for anyone, but you would have to say that it’s an ideal location for any Samoan students and for any of the Pacific countries especially.”

As an airline Samoa Air started operations mid-last year by reviving flights between Upolu and Savai’i islands.

Source:  http://www.islandsbusiness.com

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