The Solomon Airlines has sent two of its senior pilots for Dash8 pilot training in Port Moresby.Captain Cornelius Vonseau and Captain Scott Gamiandu were selected to train on the Dash8. They are currently undergoing a 'Dash8 Ground course' in Maroochydore and will return to PNG for some familiarization flights prior to going to Sydney for "simulator" training to complete the first phase of their Dash8 training.
Captains Vonseau and Gamiandu will then undergo "line training" in PNG, flying with APNG pilots throughout their network prior to seeking to get an endorsement on this aircraft type.
"It is imperative that we, Solomon Airlines begin the task of 'skills' training for this type of aircraft as there is no reason why we could not be flying this aircraft types ourselves in a few years". The airline said.
Solomon Airlines advised that it expected to sign a contract/agreement to bring this aircraft into Solomon Airlines' fleet within a very short time and hopefully by the first week of December to commence flying under the National Carrier's banner for the Christmas rush soon to be upon the country.