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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
Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099 ext. 84213
Ashok Poduval is currently the CEO of Massey University School of Aviation, New Zealand. He has been a training captain with Indian Airlines and Gulf Air on B-737 and A-320 aircraft, has over 12,500 hours of airline jet flying experience, and holds a current New Zealand Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence, as well as ATP licences from India, Oman and Canada.
Ashok has held the positions of Manager Human Factors Program, Head of Human Resources & Corporate Training and Development with Gulf Air, in Bahrain, over a number of years, and was also the Director of Flight Operations and Safety Services with IATA based at Montreal for four years. He has written and presented a number of papers on aviation operations, training and safety at various international conferences, and has been on numerous IATA and ICAO technical panels and working groups
Ashok has tertiary qualifications in business administration and aeronautics, a Master of Management degree from Massey University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors, New Zealand.
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.
Aviation Operations, Training, Safety and Risk Management
Aviation Human Factors
Occupational testing, selection and recruitment
Human factors in aviation
Professoinal short courses in soft skills
Safety Management Systems
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Last updated on Tuesday 30 May 2017