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Fiji Airways invests in pilot training equipment worth $1m

Fiji’s National Airline, Fiji Airways has acquired a best-in-class A330 Multi-Function Training Device (MFTD) which will be used for A330 pilot training at its Head Office in Nadi. This investment of $1million is a first of its kind for the region and will reduce the airline’s training costs significantly. The MFTD has been approved by […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 13, 2016 6:00 pm

Fiji’s National Airline, Fiji Airways has acquired a best-in-class A330 Multi-Function Training Device (MFTD) which will be used for A330 pilot training at its Head Office in Nadi.

One of Fiji Airways’ longest-serving pilots, Captain William Gardiner and A330 First Officer Henry Patterson try out the new Multi-Function Training Device (MFTD) at the Fiji Airways Flight Training Centre in Nadi, as Mr Matereti Tuisue from CAAF observes. The FJD $1m MFTD is a region first and will reduce the airline’s pilot training costs by approximately 30%. (Fiji Airways)
One of Fiji Airways’ longest-serving pilots, Captain William Gardiner and A330 First Officer Henry Patterson try out the new Multi-Function Training Device (MFTD) at the Fiji Airways Flight Training Centre in Nadi. (Fiji Airways)

This investment of $1million is a first of its kind for the region and will reduce the airline’s training costs significantly. The MFTD has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF), and an approval certificate was officially presented to Fiji Airways today.

The MFTD will be used as the initial stage for A330 pilot training before progressing to full simulator training, which is conducted at overseas training facilities. Having this facility in-house will thus result in the acceleration of pilot training time.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Andre Viljoen said the MFTD l be utilised for mainly procedures training, replicating aspects of the cockpit.

VILJOEN: “This will enable capacity building and skills development at a reduced cost. At the moment we send our crews to eight different training facilities around the world. By making this investment and bringing this part of the training in-house, we are able to eliminate a significant amount of expenditure.”

The device also recreates emergency situations that the cockpit crew has to be trained for. The use of the MFTD greatly reduces the cost of training, which otherwise would have to be incurred by practice on the actual aircraft or a simulator.

It will also allow for development and continuous progress of the cockpit crew, enabling testing and implementation of improvements identified by the Flight Operations Quality team.

Mr. Viljoen said that they are very proud and excited about this new acquisition which will greatly benefit not just our pilots, but our airline as a whole.

VILJOEN: “From a quality perspective, this device allows us to develop, test and implement improvements that have been identified by our Flight Operations teams as part of our continuous improvement policy. It will also help us to achieve our flight safety requirements.”

The equipment reproduces, with some degree of visual realism, the visual environment flights encounter, including clouds, thunderstorms, and the landing approaches of airports around the world.

The first lot of training on the MFTD officially started today.

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