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Camosun has recently welcomed a group of pilot trainees from the Vietnamese Navy, through our partnership with Pacific Sky Aviation of Victoria.

Pacific Sky, which has been in the business of flight training in Victoria for more than 25 years, is providing flight and technical training to more than 40 Vietnamese pilots and technicians, as part of its partner Viking Air’s contract to supply the Vietnamese Navy with the De Havilland Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. Camosun has partnered with Pacific Sky/Viking Air to provide a customized English as a Second Language (ESL) program for the pilots as an essential component of their training here in Victoria.

Produced by Viking Air Ltd, the De Havilland Twin Otter Series 400 was purchased by the Vietnam Department of National Defense, for transportation, resupply, maritime surveillance, and rescue purposes.  Of particular note is that the Twin Otter Series 400 is the first western built fixed wing aircraft to be acquired by the Vietnam Ministry of Defense, representing a remarkable achievement for all involved.  Pacific Sky Aviation is responsible for delivering all technical and flight training components, and will train the pilots for multi-engine and float/amphibious ratings on various piston and turbine aircraft.  Upon obtaining their commercial licenses, the pilots will be trained in simulators and on aircraft to become Twin Otter Series 400 captains.

Offering incomparable expertise in customized training programs, the college will provide the complete ESL training in Aviation Language Familiarization for the Vietnamese pilots. During the initial three to six months of the program, the first pilots will receive a dynamic ESL training at both Interurban Campus and Pacific Sky Aviation’s facilities.

The English for Aviation Special Purpose Program will be taught by experienced instructors from Camosun’s ELD department, who will be using a variety of instructional methods and learning software to deliver the program:  the pilots will be able to record their own speech and receive instant feedback from their instructor regarding their oral communication, vocabulary, and pronunciation skills.

Camosun is proud to be a vital part of this historic achievement and warmly welcomes our Vietnamese pilots!

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Jim Paulson
Camosun International
Camosun College

Last updated: November 30, 2011 1:36 pm

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