JAPAN FLIGHT SCHOOL EYES PALAU ACADEMY

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KOROR, Palau (Pacific Daily News, June 2) - The oldest flight
school in Japan wants to open an academy in Palau, a move that could set the
stage for Japanese to obtain U.S. pilot licenses and provide a golden
opportunity to train Micronesians to fly in the region, President Tommy
Remengesau said.

Palau, part of a former trust territory of the United States,
continues to have a close relationship with America and currently falls under
the jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Remengesau said the Japan Aviation Academy believes this
arrangement will allow them to train pilots for U.S. certification.

Remengesau said that the future of air travel in a post-Sept. 11
world will include more dependency on chartered planes as a safeguard against
terrorism. With an academy branch in Palau, Micronesians can fill that need, he
said.

Remengesau said in places such as Palau, there also is a need
for emergency aircraft such as helicopters and there is a need for people who
can repair planes. The academy branch could also fill that need.

"This really opens up the horizon," Remengesau said.

The Japanese Aviation Academy will present detailed plans to the
Palauan government later this year. The academy offers programs aimed at the
high school-level student as well as the college-level student. It is unclear
exactly how a branch would take form in Palau.

The site for the academy will probably be in Airai State, on
Babeldaob Island, the home to the current national airport, Remengesau said.

June 2, 2003

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