Lufthansa Aviation Training to introduce five DA-42
ROSTOCK - Lufthansa Aviation Training parts ways with its Piper PA-44 aircraft. Flight students will earn their wings on a new fleet of Diamond DA-42 "Twin Stars" instead.
Lufthansa introduces a new fleet of five trainer aircraft at its Rostock-Laage facility in northern Germany. Diesel-powered Diamond DA-42 replace the ten year old Pipers and will be phased into flight training by May 2018, Lufthansa said.
The wider range aircraft will extend training operations beyond Laage while saving fuel. An anti-icing-system and weather radar allow for training flights even in adverse flying conditions.
Lufthansa Aviation Training forecasts a "massive demand" for new pilots in the years to come and provides educational services within and beyond the Lufthansa airline group. About 500 flight students will join European Flight Academy - the flight training arm of Lufthansa - this year to complete training at Lufthansa facilities in Bremen, Phoenix and Rostock. (2018/04/16, Image credit: Lufthansa)
Scoot to accept SFC cadet applications
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines recently consolidated all low-cost operation under its Scoot brand. The unit ventures into cadet training to support pilot recruitment within its growing Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 fleets.
"We are partnering with our preferred training organisation, Singapore Flying College (SFC) to develop the Scoot Cadet Programme to groom our own talent," Scoot announced on its website. "Our cadets will undergo a customised self-funded 18 months training course at SFC."
Applicants need to be 18+ years of age and legally entitled to work in Singapore upon completion of training. SFC graduation level will be a Commercial Pilot Licence (Instrument Rating) or frozen ICAO ATPL. The current application window for Scoot opened in April 2018. (2018/04/06)
Ryanair to offer "sponsered" 737 type-ratings
LONDON - Ryanair used to ask its cadets to shell out 29,500 EUR upfront to complete their Boeing 737NG type-rating. Shaken by staffing bottlenecks in its cockpits, the airline will share the financial burden.
The 29,500 EUR course fee will be replaced "by a one off, upfront 5,000 EUR payment and a five year reducing bond," Ryanair said in a statement published by CAE. Cadets will also receive a salary during the course of line-training.
A mulled shortage of pilots triggered a paradigm shift within the Irish low-cost airline. Ryanair seems to move a step away from notorious contract pilot jobs and agreed to engange in negotiations with pilot unions for the first time in its corporate history.
The airline operates a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft and expects to add up to 210 Boeing 737 MAX 200 from 2019 to support its vibrant growth. (2018/03/07, Image credit: Stansted Airport)
Qantas to set up own flight school by 2019
SYDNEY - Asia-Pacific faces a shortage of airline pilots. To make matters worse, this is the region where airlines and manufactures expect most demand for cockpit crews throughout the 2020s and beyond. This constellation triggers a new recruitment approach within Qantas: native flight training.
The Australian industry behemoth announced plans to establish a flight school by 2019. The facility will ultimately produce up to 500 airline pilots annually with one fifth of graduates earmarked for direct recruitment into a Qantas Group cockpit.
Qantas will invest 20 million A$ in the venture.
While this sounds like a pragmatic response to pilot shortage, the 500 annual graduates of the Qantas academy will only cover a tiny fraction of pilot demand in Asia-Pacific. According to a recent Boeing estimate, airlines in the region will absorb up to 250,000 new pilots by 2036 - just to support today`s industry growth forecasts. (2018/02/22)
Be a pilot Screening Day 2018, Munich Airport
Do you want to become an airline pilot? Visit the "Be a pilot Screening Day 2018" co-hosted by SkyTest at Munich Airport on Saturday, Feb. 24th 2018. Flight schools and training providers introduce their latest programs during an exciting show day.
The venue is framed by expert lectures on flight training and cockpit career opportunities. Attendees may have their pilot aptitudes tested in a complimentary screening.
"Be a pilot Screening Day 2018" takes places on February 24 at Hilton Hotel directly at Munich Airport (hotel foyer). Tickets are available at 7.00 EUR at www.screeningday.de.
We look forward to meeting you at Munich Airport!
Happy Landings, SkyTest Team (2018/02/08)
World needs 637,000 MORE pilots
SINGAPORE - The airline industry braces for a worsening shortage of pilots. According a recent Boeing estimate, airlines will need 637,000 more pilots through 2036 to support their growing fleets.
Vibrant Asia will lead the pack and account for 40 percent of new pilot hires over the next 20 years, Boeing said at Singpore Airshow this week. North America and Europa follow with shares of 18 an 17 percent in the predicted demand. (2018/02/07, Image credit: Boeing)
Hong Kong Airlines opens 2018 flight school admission
HONG KONG - Hong Kong Airlines accepts student applications for its 2018 ab-initio flight training programme until February 15th.
Are you at least 18 years of age, a permanent resident of Hong Kong and hold a secondary degree with good math and science grades? You may qualify to become a commercial pilot with Hong Kong Airlines! The airline just opened admission for its 2018 ab-initio flight training scheme.
Applicants who pass a multi-stage application process with online screening and a final interview will be approved for multi-crew flight training at L3 facilities in Hong Kong, New Zealand and/or the UK. Graduates will join Hong Kong Airlines and its young Airbus fleet in the rank of Second Degree Officers and be promoted to First Officers upon a 12-month completion of a Hong Kong ATPL.
Learn more about the Hong Kong Airlines Cadet Pilot Programme and the application process on the career website of Hong Kong Airlines. (2018/01/19)
Air Baltic accepts first cadets to its flight school
RIGA - Air Baltic opens application process for candidates to the airline`s newly established Pilot Academy. This will be the first class of students who will become Air Baltic pilots upon completion of the programme in about two years from now.
"Air Baltic is growing rapidly and over the next five years we are planning to recruit over 1.000 highly educated professionals," says Air Baltic CEO Martin Gauss. "Now we are taking one step further by introducing a new education programme for our future commercial pilots. It is not only one of the most fascinating professions in the world, but highly sought after one as well."
The application process for the first academic year will end on January 8, 2018. At the beginning Air Baltic is planning to educate 20 pilots per year. airBalticTraining Pilot Academy is planning to start the first academic year in March, 2018 with the theoretical training courses. (2017/12/11)
FTE Jerez: Fast Track to Iberia
MADRID - FTE Jerez and Iberia accept applications for their 2018 Ab Initio scheme. The Spanish IAG airline teamed up with the renowned academy to train First Officers for its Airbus A320 cockpits.
Students in the "Iberia Airline First Officer Programme" (AFOP) will complete their training with an ATPL and an A320 type-rating. "To be eligible for this scheme you must hold third level qualifications (University Degree), speak Spanish at a native/ICAO 6 level and have at least a B2 English proficiency," according to FTE Jerez.
The 128,350 Euro tuition fee is a steep ante but includes accomodation and type-rating costs. Courses will start in Febuary and March 2018.
We recommend SkyTest® Preparation Software for UK Pilot Aptitude Screenings to prep for the AFOP admission process. (2017/11/27)
Emirates to open its new flight training academy
DUBAI - Emirates takes control of its pilot supply. The airline launched its new flight school arm this week at the Dubai Airshow.
Located at the new Al-Maktoum airport Emirates Flight Training Academy started operation with 143 students, currently only citizen of the United Arab Emirates. Emirates will accept global students from 2018 onward to its academy, that can enroll up to 600 pilots in the making.
Expect tough competition for admission - Emirates treats its future F/Os with a dedicated ILS runway, ATC services, an Embraer Phenom 100 jet fleet, on-site accomodation and ATPL graduation. Not convinced yet? Glacing the cake, Emirates will hire cadets from Emirates Flight Training Academy straight into the cockpit of a Boeing 777 widebody. (2017/11/13)