Flying Instructor Kelly Fuatai Lowen has been announced as the first recipient of Waikato Aviation’s new internship programme.
“Kelly is the perfect candidate for the role. She has already graduated with our New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Instructor stream) and with her excellent people and communication skills we believe she has a great future in Flight Instruction,” said Waikato Aviation General Manager and Chief Flying Instructor Peter Wilson.
Lowen, a local girl who finished her schooling at Waikato Diocesan school, joined Waikato Aviation’s Diploma in Aviation course in 2015.
“This is a great opportunity”, said Lowen. It’s a gateway into full time employment, I am part of a great team and I am doing what I love. It couldn’t be better.”
Training pilots since 1933, Waikato Aviation has seen a considerable increase in the demand for Flight Instructors. The Civil Aviation Authority requires all Flying Instructors to have completed an initial six months and 100 hours of instructing under the direct supervision of a senior Flight Instructor. Waikato Aviation’s internship programme will provide this initial experience.
“An experienced senior Instructor will mentor and support each intern, helping them to develop their instructional skills both in the classroom and in the aircraft”, said Wilson.
“Employers are looking for Flight Instructors who have completed direct supervision, and display essential industry skills such as a customer service focus, strong communication and team working competencies. Our internship is designed to develop these competencies along with experience in, and the development of, flight instructional techniques and skills.”
Interns will be selected each term from Waikato Aviation graduates, with the next intern being announced in October.