Northern News : February 22nd 2012
6 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 NEWS NORTHLAND FIELD DAYS 1-3 March 2012 STATE HIGHWAY 14 -- DARGAVILLE Gates open am : pm $ Adult $ child yrs incl Tickets available from your local store or Online at www.iticket.co.nz "The Friendly Field Days" Visit www.northlandfielddays.co.nz for updates Two major gate prizes to be won combined value at over , R This Polaris Hawkeye from Rouse Motorcycles and a range of other products could be yours just by attending the Field Days Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.northlandfielddays.co.nz Goodbye Cessnas -- hello jumbo jets High flyer: Ardmore Flying School instructor Wiremu Fautret has been hired by Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific. Photo: SCOTT MORGAN Rookie pilot Wiremu Fautret is following his dreams to Hong Kong. The Ardmore Flying School instructor has picked up his dream job as a second officer with international airline Cathay Pacific. Other pilots from Aust- ralia, South Africa and Europe have also been hired by the airline but Mr Fautret is pretty sure he'll be the only one of Maori descent in the group. There are not very many Maori airline pilots, I can assure you of that.'' Students from the Ardmore school are normally hired by small regional airlines after completing their professional and commercial pilot's licences and spending time as instructors. But a world-wide shortage of pilots has seen some airlines like Cathay Pacific and Jetstar hiring directly from the school. Flying commercial passen- ger planes instead of small four-seaters is going to be a big challenge, Mr Fautret says. It's going to be a huge step going from a Cessna 172 to a 747 or 777. I'm really going to lap up that opportunity and make the most of it.'' The three-stage interview process was rigorous. It involved psychometric and maths testing and panel interviews in Auckland and Hong Kong, followed by flight tests in Australia. But it all served to make the former Takanini resident even more determined to suc- ceed. I put in a lot of effort doing my best in the interview stages and going to Hong Kong really highlighted where I want to be.'' But even though he's now employed by one of the world's top airlines, the challenges don't end there. Mr Fautret will spend seven months honing his fly- ing skills in Adelaide, fol- lowed by another three months in his new home- base, Hong Kong. And while he will be thou- sands of kilometres away from his Kaitaia-based fam- ily, the nature of the job means Mr Fautret never knows when he'll be back in New Zealand. I'm a bit anxious about liv- ing away from my family in a completely foreign country but am looking forward to experiencing different cultures. And Cathay Pacific fly to Auckland twice a day in sum- mer and once in winter so that option's always there.'' Flying school general man- ager Mike Newman says it's fantastic 12 of the organis- ation's pilots have picked up jobs in the past three months. It's a measurement of suc- cess for me. These guys are in a unique situation to move on into their careers, which is what it's all about for us.'' The surge in jobs follows a slow period of growth in the industry. Cathay Pacific, Jetstar and Air New Zealand subsidiaries Air Nelson and Eagle Air are among the airlines to hire the pilots, along with other smaller carriers. The school has invested in 16 new Cessna 172s to update its fleet for students and is looking at other options for further improvements.
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