Oriens offering PC-12 flight training
Pilatus sales and service centre Oriens Aviation is now offering EASA Pilatus PC-12 SET class rating pilot training, in partnership with Approved Training Organisation Oysterair. Trainees will cover EASA- and Faa-certified class rating courses (ground and flight instruction) at Oriens’ London Biggin Hill base. The course caters for a wide range of candidates, from a PPL(A)/IR holder with a minimum total of 200 flying hours and seventy hours PIC to the most experienced.
The five-day PC-12 SET syllabus includes 49 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction; a 100-question theoretical knowledge exam, conducted in-house; approximately ten hours of flight training, and a Licence Skill Test (LST) with an examiner in a PC-12. The first days are completed via an online learning management system. Oriens is also partnering with Oysterair to offer two-day conversion programmes from ICAO/FAA licences to EASA licences, a PC-12 SET Class Rating, and PC-12 to PC-12NG differences training. Oysterair also offers PC-12 courses at Lydd and Gloucester airports.
“We know that a big obstacle for PC-12 operations in the UK is the lack of pilots,” says Oriens’ Chief Executive Officer Edwin Brenninkmeyer. “With the PC-12 classified in the Single Pilot High Performance Aeroplane (SP HPA) category, traditional flying schools in the UK do not have such expertise. This is why we are pleased to team with Oysterair and their experienced specialist pilot instructors. We will be configuring our hangar facility accordingly to create a dedicated classroom. Demand is high and we are looking forward to deliver bespoke training based on pilots’ needs.”
Oriens has also appointed a new General Manager of its maintenance operation at Biggin: former TAG Aviation Head of Maintenance Stuart Locke, who joined TAG Farnborough in 2013 after a 19-year career working in engineering roles with regional airline Flybe. oriensaviation.com