The Institute has provided basic maintenance training services to customer airlines and aircraft operators globally for more than 70 years and the EASA accreditation will ensure it can continue to provide the most up to date and industry relevant licensing qualifications, to meet strong global demand for engineers.

The three year curriculum development and approval project which culminated with a UKCAA audit in late 2011 has resulted in one of the most comprehensive aircraft maintenance training curriculums available.

It is also unique in that it incorporates a New Zealand National Certificate as the first 36 weeks of either B1.1 or B2 programmes, providing several key benefits:

  • Domestic and International students will study together in the same classroom,
  • All students will receive a sound understanding of both mechanical and avionic aircraft systems at a Certificate level before studying licence subjects at the higher level required by EASA Part 66.
  • As well as producing a more rounded graduate, students are able to leave their options open before choosing where to specialise in their second year of study.

Practical training is delivered at the Aviation Institute’s extensive hangar and workshop facilities, and at Air New Zealand’s Technical Operations maintenance bases, providing students with real world MRO experience.

Inaugural courses are planned to start in April and May 2012, and enrolments are now being taken from international students and airlines or MROs that outsource their apprentice training.

More information is available on our website,


Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 21 747 320