Sounds Air Right Hand Seat Observation Flights for Air Hawke’s Bay Diploma Students

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Air Hawke’s Bay are providing their New Zealand Diploma in Aviation students with the opportunity to fly several sectors with Sounds Air and observe their operations from the cockpit right-hand seat. This allows the student to gain some real-world exposure to commercial operations following the completion of both CPL and Instrument Rating qualifications. The flights will depart from and arrive at Napier Airport in a Pilatus PC12, transporting the student to Woodbourne where they will be based for the day. From Woodbourne students will experience a return flight from Woodbourne to Wellington in a C208 Caravan before being transported back to Napier in the late evening.

Flight Details and Terms

  • Flights will be booked on Tuesdays or Thursdays departing Napier at 0725 and departing Woodbourne for return at 1545 in the PC12.
  • From Woodbourne C208 flight(s) will be conducted to Wellington or Kaikoura.
  • Student’s demeanour will be observed during the day and shall present themselves professionally in their Air Hawke’s Bay uniform.
  • Questions are welcomed throughout the day and in flight, the pilot will advise when it is allowable to talk.
  • Students will fly with at least two, and sometimes three pilots during the day, which will provide good exposure to the operational environment.