Punjab pilots to train in New Zealand

Written by fe Bureau | Chandigarh | Updated: Feb 28 2009, 06:05am hrs
Waitakere and Amritsar are sister cities now. And pilots of Punjab will get training in New Zealand.

At a formal ceremony held in Chandigarh recently, representatives of Punjab and New Zealand signed two memorandums of understanding (MoU) in the presence of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and a New Zealand delegation led by the internal affairs minister Dr Richard Worth OBE. ]

The New Zealand minister said that his country is an ideal place for aviation training because its rapidly changing weather helps pilots pick up the tricks of handling natures vagaries.

The MoU entered between CEO of Waitakere city council and the additional commissioner, municipal cooperation, Amritsar, entails exploration of civic relationship between two sister cities and developing other opportunities for collaboration.

The second MoU, entered between Southern Institute of Technology Aviation Ltd (SIT AV) of New Zealand and Patiala Aviation Club (PAC), envisages cooperation in advanced pilot training to enable students to hone their skills in multiengine and helicopter training including aeronautical and aircraft maintenance engineering.

A helicopter training school in Punjab may also be in the pipeline.

Badal said that the Punjab government will soon enter into an MoU in the dairy sector to gain from the advanced research done by New Zealand in dairy development.

Worth said that Punjab and New Zealand can develop synergies in dairy, agro-tech and G-marking.