Aviation Australia Throws Lifeline to Stranded QIAE Students.


Aviation Australia has stepped in following the liquidation of the Queensland Institute for Aviation Engineering (QIAE) in August this year to offer international scholarships to four students from Papua New Guinea.

Malachai Mark, Edwin Samiak and Bradley Arikapu were part-way through their studies in a Certificate IV in Aeroskills at QIAE when the company suddenly went into liquidation leaving staff and students stranded, and were thrown a lifeline when Aviation Australia offered them full international scholarships.

Malachai Mark said “Aviation Australia is one of the most advanced aviation schools, the teaching staff are very supportive and knowledgeable and the facilities are at a world class standard”. As Aviation Australia could not deliver the remainder of their Certificate IV in Aeroskills, Malachai, Edwin and Bradley were offered full-scholarships to study the higher qualification of a Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

Edwin Samiak said “The practical experience offered in our Diploma allows us to take what we learn in theory and put it into practice for a more thorough understanding”.

Aviation Australia also offered a part-scholarship to Remex Marinki to study a Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

Studying with Aviation Australia will also provide Malachai, Edwin, Bradley and Remex a dual outcome of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) licences for aircraft engineering.

Remex Marinki said “Aviation Australia has excellent facilities, very qualified instructors and offers expertise at an international standard”.

Bradley Arikapu added “the dual licences mean we will be highly qualified and more competitive after graduating which gives us greater possibilities for future employment”.

Aviation Australia CEO Bill Horrocks said “We’re pleased to assist these excellent students in offering them a place within our academy and the opportunity to train in state of the art facilities with our world class trainers.”

Aviation Australia has world class training facilities to support the development and growth of aviation and aerospace industries in both the Australian and International markets.

MEDIA CONTACT: Megan Habchi Communications Officer 07 3860 0994 megan.habchi@aviationaustralia.aero