Cowra flight training school Fly Oz Pty Ltd, celebrated the signing of a formal agreement with the Nakhon Phanom University of Thailand this morning to become the Australian flight training facility for the University.
"This venture is the culmination of many months of negotiations and meetings, and is an example of the cooperative and valuable international relationships that are possible between regional communities and international organisations," said Cowra Mayor, Cr Bill West.
After initial discussions, a Thai delegation visited Fly Oz in July 2016 to inspect their aircraft, the airport and training facilities.
Subsequent deliberations and several trips to Thailand have seen Fly Oz partners Lyn Gray and Mark Dixon, progress an international agreement between Nakhon Phanom University and Fly Oz to undertake the flight training of Thai pilots at Cowra Airport.
"Fly Oz is to be congratulated as an excellent example of regional entrepreneurial skills" said Cr West.
The first group of Thai students will arrive in Cowra later in 2017 to complete the Commercial Licence and Instructor Rating training and certification section of their study.