Japanese air cadets fly high in Adelaide

31 May 2022
Japanese aviation cadets are celebrating the start of their commercial airline pilot training at Flight Training Adelaide, based on Parafield Airport, as part of an ongoing Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) certification program that will make a multi-million-dollar contribution to South Australia’s economy.
Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) is delivering the first of two ‘beta’ courses for Japanese airline J-AIR at its Parafield Airport training facility in preparation for full JCAB approval to deliver Commercial Pilot Licence Program and Instrument Rating Program qualifications.
The courses are the resumption of a long-term relationship between FTA and J-AIR, which previously saw FTA train approximately 160 commercial airline pilots for the airline.
The airline pilot training program is an opportunity to further strengthen South Australia’s ties with Japan, where the South Australian Government also has a trade and investment office, based in Tokyo.
Flight Training Adelaide deliver aviation training to international pilots through long-term business relationships and aviation training programs that include global carriers such as Cathay Pacific, IndiGo Airlines, China Airlines, Skymark, Starlux, Cebu Pacific and Cathay Dragon.
These programs contribute to South Australia’s economy and also support the South Australian Government, to build relationships with key markets that go beyond economic ties to include tourism, cultural diversity and friendship opportunities.
Pine Pienaar, CEO at Flight Training Adelaide, says they are honoured to have J-AIR training back with them.
“We have had a very successful partnership in the past and no doubt that re-commencement of the cadet program will be extremely successful for many years to come. 
“As South Australians, we should be very proud that the work we do will contribute to the success of such a prestigious multinational. I would like to publicly thank the JAL Group and the Department for Trade and Investment for their continuous support of FTA,” Pine Pienaar, continued.
J-AIR Managing Director, KURONO Kotaro, said; “J-AIR is very pleased to be able to resume its Cadet Pilot Program with Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Adelaide. The resumption of the cadet program will allow FTA to train future J-AIR pilots to the highest standards. 
“We look forward to seeing our Adelaide trained cadets develop their careers as pilots in J-AIR and the JAL Group, as well as contribute to the prosperity of both Australia and Japan.”
The first course of eight J-AIR cadets will spend 12 months and undertake 200 hours of flying and simulator training to achieve their commercial pilot licence and Multi Engine Instrument Rating.

The next course is expected to arrive on the third quarter of 2022, with an additional two courses expected in 2023.