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Aviation Australia enters new maintenance training partnership

written by Jake Nelson | July 8, 2024

Glenn Ryan, CEO Aviation Australia, and Richard Nuttall, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, signing the transnational training partnership in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Aviation Australia)

Aviation Australia has signed a new partnership with SriLankan Aviation College (SLAC) for aircraft maintenance training.

The deal will allow the joint delivery of the Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Mechanical) by Aviation Australia, providing a pathway for local students in the region to attain the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 aircraft maintenance licence.

Students will complete the first six months of the EASA Part 147 approved basic training course (Category B1.1) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, before moving to Brisbane for the remaining 12 months of the course with Aviation Australia.

After completing the diploma, students will have the chance to complete an accelerated Bachelor of Engineering Technology.

Glenn Ryan, CEO of Aviation Australia, said Sri Lanka is “a very important player in the global aviation industry” and well-placed to cater to aircraft fleets around the world.

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“Our collaboration with SriLankan Aviation College is a very important strategic partnership for our business and we look forward to working closely to develop world class engineers, trained to the very stringent EASA standard, to meet the ever-growing needs of the global aviation industry,” he said.

“Our mission statement is ‘delivering excellence in training to help shape the future of the aviation industry worldwide’, and our partnership with SriLankan Aviation College ensures we are delivering on this goal.”

According to Richard Nuttall, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, the partnership will give students the means to earn one of the world’s most widely recognised aircraft maintenance licenses.

“This partnership with Aviation Australia to deliver a course across two global campuses, to EASA Part 147 standards, is another step in the growth of the SriLankan Aviation College,” he said.

“Of course, we are very well known in the South Asian region and have a strong track record of training engineers qualified under the EASA training standards.

“We are very pleased that we can work with Aviation Australia to now deliver a transnational training course, opening more doors for our graduates right around the world.”

The first intake of students in Sri Lanka is expected in September this year, and comes after Boeing predicted around 679,000 additional maintenance technicians will be needed over the next two decades.

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