TWELVE young Air Niugini engineers have obtained their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(AME) certificates after successfully completing their four year engineering cadet programme at Air New Zealand Training institute, based in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The programme was fully funded by Air Niugini at the cost of K5.3 million. It aims at developing young Papua New Guineans to be fully Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers(LAMEs) with secure careers, working for Air Niugini.
Air Niugini CEO Simon Foo said that Air Niugini was committed to training, skilling and development of human resources by investing millions of kina towards employee training every year.
“The cost of training each engineering cadet exceeded K440,000 and Air Niugini is proud of its wide ranging commitment to professional and trade training for its national employees,” Mr Foo said.
“All that Air Niugini asks in return for the multi million kina investment for engineers and pilots is the right sense of loyalty and commitment to the airline as their employer, and the highest standards of professionalism that’s rightly expected by the airline and the traveling public.”
“Throughout the four year cadet program, these young men have gained both the theoretical and practical experience required to qualify them to apply for an European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Basic Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License.
An EASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License is an aviation industry recognized certificate, meaning they can work anywhere in the world that uses the EASA system.”
Upon gaining their EASA Basic Aircraft Maintenance License, they will be eligible to apply for their PNG Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) License by passing the PNG Civil Aviation Airworthiness Legislation Examination.
The 12 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers(AMEs) are now preparing for this exam through reviews and coaching conducted by the Air Niugini Training School.
Mr Foo also said the achievement by the 12 young men is a bonus for Air Niugini as the airline is now in the process of building its own Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility here in Port Moresby.
“Having our own hangar will allow the employees to continue their training on the full license here in Papua New Guinea, it also means the aircraft maintenance can be carried out here, cutting down foreign currency costs and building our in-country experience and capacity”, Mr Foo said.
Air Niugini currently has 38 cadet engineers including six females whilst 46 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) and 60 Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.(LAMEs).