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MOU strengthens aviation ties between Sri Lanka and New Zealand

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:01

The International Aviation Academy of New Zealand (IAANZ) has today signed a memorandum of understanding with Open Skies Flight Training Limited, a Sri Lankan pilot training academy based in Colombo.

Today’s signing marks the launch of an international pilot training scheme for students training to become commercial pilots. IAANZ has been training pilots for 86 years and is the first foreign school to be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

The first training scheme will involve cadet pilot training and progress to advanced commercial pilot training which will take place in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Under the partnership, student pilots will first train in Sri Lanka and then progress to Christchurch, New Zealand, to complete advanced training to receive a CAA Sri Lanka Commercial Pilot License certification.

The Asian region is expected to become the hub of aviation growth in the years ahead. This understanding between IAANZ and Open Skies puts Sri Lanka in a strategic position to supply quality pilots as per demand.

New Zealand’s Minister for Primary Industries witnessed the signing in Colombo . Minister Guy is leading a business delegation to Sri Lanka and India this week to further strengthen trade ties in advance of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be co-hosted in New Zealand. He is accompanied by 15 NZ businesses and organisations.

The New Zealand High Commissioner H.E. Grahame Morton, CEO of The International Aviation Academy of New Zealand Peter Randle, International Marketing Manager Jonathan Manuel, Country Manager India and Sri Lanka Prince Joel, Managing Director and Chairman for Open Skies Flight training M.D.H Fernando and Director M. Dineth Hirantha Fernando were also present at the signing today.


Pictured : L – R : Prince Joel - International Marketing Manager IAA, J.Jonathan Manuel International Marketing Manager IAA , Peter Randle – CEO IAA , Nathan Guy - New Zealand’s Minister for Primary Industries, D.H. Fernando – Chairman and MD of Open Skies, New Zealand High Commissioner H.E. Grahame Morton, M. Dineth Hirantha Fernando – Director Open Skies, Kevin McKenna – Trade Commissioner NZTE, Susantha De Silva – Director Flight Safety Civil Aviation Authority.


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