Skyline Aviation / Air Hawke’s Bay Fixed Wing Turbo-prop Air Ambulance Pilot Scholarship Programme

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Scholarship Overview

Skyline Aviation Limited (SAL) is delighted to offer Air Hawke’s Bay Limited (AHB) second year diploma students the opportunity to participate and apply for an annual scholarship. SAL has been a benefactor of AHB graduates in previous years and now wish to secure an ongoing arrangement where they can formalise another career pathway option for AHB graduates.

SAL is a family business that has operated a fully approved aeromedical service over the past 25 years. SAL operate both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and have transported over 35,000 patients within New Zealand and globally. They have a team of proficient pilots together with a fleet of turbine and jet aircraft primarily dedicated to the aeromedical service. SAL is the largest aeromedical operator in New Zealand.

Key Points

  • $10,000 value
  • King Air B200 ground course
  • King Air B200 Type rating
  • Opportunity to attend a King Air 350 ground course
  • Preferred pilot for Air Ambulance job possibilities
  • Industry exposure and experience

The Scholarship Includes:

  •  A King Air B200 ground course and type rating valued at over $10,000.
  •  In addition to the B200 type rating, the successful pilot will be able to be part of the SAL internship programme and act as voluntary unpaid co-pilot in the King Air B200 operated by SAL from their base at Napier airport. This training opportunity is the commencement to becoming a professional air ambulance pilot.
  •  The successful candidate will then be given the opportunity to attend at no cost, a SAL King Air 350 ground course and become a preferential candidate for a full time first officer position (when available from time to time) with SAL Auckland based Starship Children Hospital Air Ambulance service.

To apply for this opportunity, you must have successfully progressed into the second year of the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation Programme. During the second-year students will have the opportunity to interact and observe Skyline Aviation flights from the co-pilot seat. While students are gaining an insight into the aeromedical service, Skyline will assess each student’s credentials and aptitude to assist in the appointment of the successful applicant. The successfully applicant will be announced at the end of the year graduation ceremony.

Entry Requirements:

The following criteria must be met to apply for the Scholarship Programme. Any questions shall be directed to the Air Hawke’s Bay CEO (Kevin England):

  • Be enrolled in the second year of the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation with AHB.
  • Candidates must have a Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating.
  • Entries must be submitted prior to the 31st of October of each year.