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The School of Aviation was established in 1987 to meet airline needs for graduates with a wide industry perspective. Our programmes include academic degrees for aviation managers, and a professional degree for aspiring pilots incorporating flight training with academic studies.
Our research contributes to aviation industry knowledge.
The school is based at two locations: the Milson Flight Systems Centre at Palmerston North Airport, and the Massey University Manawatū campus in Palmerston North.
The Milson Flight Systems Centre (MFSC) is the main base for the Bachelor of Aviation programme. The School of Aviation was the first New Zealand training organisation to meet the requirements for Civil Aviation Authority Rule Part 141 certification.
MFSC houses the latest Diamond Aircraft fleet and flight simulators, flight instruction staff and some academic staff, as well as the school's maintenance facility.
Students enrolled in academic programmes, such as the Bachelor of Aviation Management, will study at the Manawatū campus.
We maintain a large fleet of single- and twin-engined training aircraft as part of our Air Transport Pilot programme. All our aircraft are fitted with the latest Garmin cockpit and Spidertracks tracking systems.
Number in Fleet – 12
Number in Fleet – 2
Chief Executive Officer - School of Aviation
Ashok Poduval is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Massey University School of Aviation in New Zealand. He has a wealth of aviation industry experience, with over 12,000 hours of airline jet flying experience as a training captain on A320 and B737 aircraft and holds a current New Zealand ATP and Instrument rating. He has held various senior management positions in Gulf Air, and was the Director of Flight Operations and Safety Services with IATA for a number of years.
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Last updated on Tuesday 30 May 2017