Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific Enter Significant Training Partnership

Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific have today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a specialised training program at Cairns Queensland Australia intended to provide advanced practical expertise to Aviation Maintenance Engineering (AME) students graduating from Aviation Australia’s International Training Diploma program. The signing took place at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre with the Member for Barron River the Honourable Michael Trout MP in attendance. The students, who have been undertaking training at the Aviation Australia Brisbane campus, will relocate to Cairns following 2 years of theoretical instruction, for an intensive 10 week program of practical experience with Hawker Pacific, facilitating the application of their newly acquired skills and knowledge at the world class Hawker Pacific maintenance facility at Cairns.

Aviation Australia as the training provider at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre has agreed to manage up to 20 AMEs in training at a time and facilitate their placement with Hawker Pacific for 10 week blocks for the purpose of gaining valuable experience within a real life specialist aircraft maintenance facility with a staff of over 110 people. The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre located adjacent to the Hawker Pacific Facility at Cairns is a local industry owned facility that provides all aspects of aviation training to North Queensland, Northern Territory and PNG based aviation communities.

“This is an exciting and ground breaking program for Cairns, Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific, in being able to provide AME students with a tailored training solution through access to a world class working facility with a focus on practical training outcomes,” said Chris Pigott, the Business Manager of the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre, who will be overseeing the program on behalf of Aviation Australia. “We expect this to be a very popular program for Aviation Australia which, on top of the world class training, will provide a significant boost to the Cairns economy with up to 20 international students undertaking the program at any time. Aviation Australia’s International Diploma program is a great example of Australian expertise being exported globally and I see this program growing in the future as this enhancement to the training is marketed globally”, he said.

The first group of 10 international engineers from the Royal Oman Police (ROP) will arrive at Cairns in early August to train in Hawker’s facilites and workshops. “These (AME) engineers have been working for the ROP for some time and have come to Aviation Australia to gain internationally recognised qualifications” said Bill Horrocks, CEO of Aviation Australia. “They have completed two years of comprehensive training at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane facility, and the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre will manage the visiting engineers while they are visiting Cairns and will work closely with Hawker Pacific to ensure that the experience is aligned to both the company’s and students requirements. The program enhances Hawker’s capabilities while allowing these young engineers to gain invaluable experience. They will be supervised and mentored by some of Australia’s most highly qualified and experienced licenced aircraft maintenance engineers (LAME’s)”.

Successive groups will come from a variety of countries and organisations in groups of up to 20 at a timewith obvious benefits for the Cairns economy. The engineers will get to experience the local lifestyle, culture and attractions during their extended stay and will surely pass on their positive stories and anecdotes to friends, family and co-workers at home.

“Hawker Pacific is delighted to be partnering with Aviation Australia on this important and unique program for Cairns and Hawker Pacific” said Jason Burzacott, the Vice President of Aircraft Product Support Services which encompasses the Hawker Pacific Cairns facility. “This concept was trialed with three individuals in 2011 and the success of that program has developed into the agreement that has been reached today. We expect this to be a long and mutually beneficial partnership which we see as a great strategic fit for Hawker Pacific, particularly as we look to continue to grow our organisation internationally. We not only have world class facilities here in Cairns, but also throughout Asia including Singapore and Shanghai, China and in the Middle East in the UAE in Dubai which are also growing rapidly. We have worked closely with Aviation Australia as a key training provider of avionics and mechanical technicians to our Cairns facility for over 8 years. We would not have been able to achieve our growth ambitions for the Cairns facility without this partnership. This is an exciting opportunity to extend this rewarding association into Hawker Pacific being a direct stakeholder in the training process for third parties such as the Royal Oman Police.” This training program between Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific will produce students to the internationally recognised European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards, an accreditation the Hawker Pacific Cairns faciity has held for many years.

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Source: Aviation Australia
Date: Jun 12, 2012