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Mihin Lanka trainee pilots undergo specialized training at the SriLankan Airlines Type Rating Training Organisation

Cadets at the SriLankan Airlines Type Rating Training Organisation
Cadets at the SriLankan Airlines Type
 Rating Training Organisation
Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s budget
carrier, has successfully completed the A320 Type Rating Training for its trainee First Officer batch, the first set
of its pilots to undergo this training in Sri Lanka. The training programme is
conducted and facilitated by Mihin Lanka’s sister airline, SriLankan Airlines.
Mihin Lanka pilots will henceforth undergo Type Rating training in Sri Lanka
itself, thereby resulting in saving valuable foreign exchange spent on sending pilots
abroad for training. Type Rating training is mandatory for a variety of
reasons, the chief one being that pilots are required to be specifically
trained for the type of aircraft they fly.

Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama,
Chief pilot – Training and Standards, Mihin Lanka said: “We are proud to announce the Type Rating
training of our pilots by SriLankan Airlines’ Type Rating instructors in Sri
Lanka itself. This is a milestone in the history of Mihin Lanka. This new breed of pilots who have
received their A320 type rating here in Sri Lanka will now fly the Mihin Lanka
fleet of A320 and A321 aircraft.”
Mihin Lanka adheres strictly to rules of training
and safety and the Type Rating training is a testimony to this. The training
they receive in Sri Lanka is of greater value as the training goes beyond
commercial objectives as is frequently the case in training programmes
overseas. 
Commenting on the training, Capt. Druvi Perera,
Chief Operating Officer, Mihin Lanka said: “SriLankan airlines Type Rating
Training instructors have extensive exposure to Airbus Aircraft and their
training has been comprehensive to the highest degree. Almost all the Type
Rating instructors at SriLankan Airlines are ‘Type Rated’ pilots on A320, 330
and 340s and possess at least 10,000 hours and more on Airbus aircrafts. We are
confident that local TRTO training will accrue handsome dividends to Mihin
Lanka in terms of maintaining high standards, cost savings and higher
productivity, whilst also writing a new chapter in the aviation history of the
country.”
He further added: ‘Sri Lanka has a proud history of
training pilots that fly on some of the best airlines in the world and this
training will ensure that the playing field is leveled out for all pilots from
SriLankan Airlines, Mihin Lanka and any other student following the Type Rating
Training.

Mr. Kapila Chandrasena, Chief Executive Officer of
Mihin Lanka said: “The synergy between SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka is
further strengthened by the partnership created by programmes of this nature.
We believe that delivering the best in service and value is of foremost
importance and hope that the training offered to pilots at the SriLankan
Ailines Type Rating Training Organisation will help support this.”

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