In order to ensure it gets the right people into the role, Air New Zealand works closely with its Preferred Flight Training Organisations (PFTOs) who are training their future pilots. The Air New Zealand Aviation Institute's Airline Integration Course (AIC), which was designed by Air New Zealand, has been running since 2013, providing trainee pilots with a detailed introduction to the many demands of a multi-crew cockpit and the systems and operations of modern turbine powered aircraft. The course is run at the Nelson Aviation College training facility at Nelson Airport.
As a participant, you will meet with a range of Air New Zealand team members, including managers and current line pilots. All presenters and simulator instructors have a wide range of experience with Air New Zealand.
For low-hour pilots, or those with no commercial multi-crew experience, the AIC provides excellent preparation for a candidate's first airline role. The AIC also forms an integral part of the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation - Airline Preparation Strand.
Students training at a PFTO who successfully complete the AIC are identified by Air New Zealand as a 'Preferred Pilot'.
The four week course is the final step for those completing the Airline Preparation Strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation. AIC graduates are recognised for receiving their qualifications in an environment geared towards Air New Zealand's culture, brand values and leadership traits. In addition to the technical elements of the course, Air New Zealand team members will fly in from Auckland and Christchurch to meet you.
The course will promote an awareness of the various departmental interactions of todays' professional flight crew, and will give you a taste of what being an airline pilot is all about.
The course includes the following syllabus items:
The course uses a Pacific Simulators B737-800 simulator, which is located at the Nelson Aviation College training facility at Nelson Airport.
The Airline Integration Course fee is $11,155.00 (including GST). NAC shall issue the PFTO, with a tax invoice for 50% of the planned training, when a student has been accepted onto an AIC, and the student has accepted the offer of place. The remaining 50% must be paid prior to course commencing.