Flying school expands into Auckland

MORE OPPORTUNITIES: Southern Wings Invercargill flight instructors Cameron Morison, left, and Matt Walker.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES: Southern Wings Invercargill flight instructors Cameron Morison, left, and Matt Walker.

A southern aviation school has spread its wings and expanded into Auckland.

Southern Wings opened a new base in the North Island this week to service a demand for an Air New Zealand Institute preferred training college.

Southern Wings chief executive Bryan Jones said an opportunity to expand came up and it decided to go for it.

The school will match the services provided by its Southland counterpart and provide opportunities for students to transfer between the campuses to complete specialised parts of the course.

He expected there would be more of a demand for the Auckland base once it became established.

It had always been difficult to attract students to Invercargill and this would give them a different option, he said.

However, because it was a specialised course, places were limited, and students who wanted to study there may have to take a place at whatever campus had space available.

Conceptual planning for the Auckland course began in December and the first classes took place on Monday.

The Southland Times