Massey is New Zealand’s only university with an aviation school. The aircraft will operate from the Milson Flight Systems Centre at Palmerston North Airport. It is expected that the first four aircraft will be delivered by the end of May and the new fleet will be in place before the end of the year.
The aircraft will be fitted with Spidertracks, a device developed with the aid of Massey University mechatronics graduate James McCarthy, that enables real-time tracking of the aircraft position from the flight operations center.
The new aircraft replace the school’s current fleet of Piper Warrior single engine and Piper Seneca twin-engine aircraft.