About the School of Aviation 

about-aviation.jpg 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.

Milson Flight Systems Centre

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.

Manawatū Campus

Students enrolled in academic programmes, such as the Bachelor of Aviation Management, will study at the Manawatū campus.

The Head of School, administrative offices and most academic staff are based here.

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.

Diamond DA40 Single-Engine Trainer

In-flight.jpg Number in Fleet – 12


  • Engine 180hp
  • Top Speed: 178 Knots Indicated Airspeed
  • Cruise Speed: 150kts
  • Max Operating Altitude: 16,400ft
  • Rate of Climb: 1,120ft/min
  • Range: 720nm

Diamond DA42 Twin-Engine Trainer  

Twin-4.jpg Number in Fleet – 2 


  • Engine 180hp x2
  • Top Speed:194 Knots Indicated Airspeed
  • Cruise Speed: 165kts
  • Max Operating Altitude: 18,000ft
  • Rate of Climb: 1,280ft/min
  • Range: 917nm


Head of School

  • Ashok Poduval

    Ashok Poduval

    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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