News | Looking back on 75 years of training for the RNZAF

Looking back on 75 years of training for the RNZAF

The Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO) is attending the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Air Show and Open Day 75th anniversary on the 31st of  March and will showcase how training has developed over this period.

This is the event that will bring together the RNZAF's proud history and future capabilities. It's here that you will see military and civilian aircraft from around the world in one spectacular event on show to the public. 

ATTTO will have an interactive display highlighting the evolution of training methods from early manuals to today’s computer based simulators and 3D modelling. Also available to view will be various wing segments from the ages, including the early bamboo versions from a Tiger Moth through to some aluminium sections.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and Canterbury Air Force Museum have lent a Skyhawk refrigeration unit, Rolls-Royce Nene engine fuel pump, Skyhawk aileron and the Tiger Moth wing segment.

ATTTO Chief Executive Kathy Wolfe says being able to share in the celebrations and history of the RNZAF is an honour and reflects the technological advances made in a relatively short space of time.

“Aviation is an incredibly important industry and we need to make sure that our training resources and qualifications reflect this ever changing sector to ensure that the human capability is skilled.

“Working closely with the RNZAF for the last 15 years has assisted us to design qualifications that are relevant for this exciting and diverse industry.”

ATTTO currently has 400 RNZAF trainees working towards National qualifications in aeronautical engineering and aircraft servicing.

Air Crew AC Jenn Harmon, a current RNZAF engineering apprentice will also be available to answer questions about her experience training as an engineer with the RNZAF, and to talk about the aircraft pieces on display.