Oriens of­fer­ing PC-12 flight train­ing

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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

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