I wonder if the pilots recieve the same level of training as the Air NZ and Qantas pilots do, ie a 'Queenstown Ground school' and specific 'Queenstown Simulator Training' ? They probably do , can anyone confirm the extent of special training they get?
Anyone? I ask because my feeling is that cost cutting over the last decade or so is eating into our safety standards (as an industry) and I would be interested to know if this is the case here. Running sims and ground schools for a specific airport is expensive business and I imagine it would be tempting for a low cost airline to skimp a bit on this. If they haven't skimped on this then I doubt they are going to be making much money in Qtown with AirNZ, Jetstar and Qantas all serving it already. If they have provided less than the other airlines provide to their crews then I feel for the crew involved and the company is reaping what they have sown. Framer
Yes.. on both.. specific ground and Computer based training course and a course of simulator training, just like all the other part 121 jet operators that fly in and out of ZQN. As well as final check to line to operate into that port with a flight examiner..
a normal 737 departure out of ZQN involved climbing to 10,000' in a matter of seconds
After checking the technical log of the aircraft involved in the incident, I can confirm that the Afterburners on the CFM56 engines on this aircraft were both unserviceable on the day and the aircraft was operating under an MEL.
Love the comment "Visibility was reported at 32km, is that enough?", Sim idiot "It's enough on a normal day to go flying but you need a bit more than that to get out of Queenstown, we can't even see the end of Lake Wakatipu"
What the F..k! What an idiot!
If I was PB I'd being suing TV3 for the embarrassment! and the aero club sim guy!