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NATS to reopen its student controller scheme

LONDON - NATS paused its student controller scheme through the pandemic. For the first time since 2019 the British air navigation service provider just opened an application window for future air traffic controllers.

NATS Air Traffic Controller


NATS resumes its student controller scheme at the Hampshire and Gloucester training facilities. Once passing an online assessment, successful candidates go through around nine months of "vigorous initial training", before being posted to an airport tower or control centre to complete their learning and assessments, according to NATS.

The British air navigation service provider is looking to attract more female talent to its course program. "Successful controllers come from all walks of life, but NATS is seeking to redress the gender imbalance that exists across the aviation industry, with the ambition that half of its new intake to be made up of women," NATS said.

NATS currently has around 1,600 controllers whose job is to safely manage the flow of aircraft through the UK’s busy and complex airspace, as well as at 15 of the country’s busiest airports.

"We have many wonderful women controllers, but they make up only around only 30 percent of the total and we want to change that," Helen Fuge, Head of Talent and HR Services at NATS, said.

Applicants for the NATS student controller scheme must be at least 18 years of age and permitted to work in the UK without sponsorship.

We recommend to prepare with SkyTest® Preparation Software for ATCO Screenings in UK and Ireland for the multi-stage NATS aptitude testing process. (2023/04/26, Image: NATS)




Turkish Airlines invites cadet pilot applications

Turkish Airlines opens a new application window for its cadet pilot programme. The airline will enroll new flight students with rather liberal restrictions on age.
Turkish Airlines
Fly Turkish Airlines - literally: The airline just openend an application window through June 30th 2023 for it next flight school course.
Prospective Turkish Airlines cadet pilots must present a bachelor´s degree and a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE English language certificate be considered in the application process. Flight school admission tests include a DLR 1 aptitude screening and an interview. Applicants must be born after Jan 1st 1993, Turkish Airlines says on its career website - this is quite a liberal age requirement by industry standards.
We recommend to prepare with SkyTest® Training Software for DLR 1 Screening for the Turkish Airlines aptitude testing process. (2023/04/02, Image: Turkish Airlines)




Air Baltic to hire 120 pilots

RIGA - Air Baltic has 315 pilots in its workforce. The airline is looking to add 120 pilots through 2023.

Air Baltic starts a recruitment drive. "While we continue to employ our Air Baltic Pilot Academy graduates and rehire former employees, this time our needs for additional staff reach further, meaning that we are looking for external pilots to join our company", Air Baltic CEO Martin Gauss said.


Air Baltic A220-300

Candidates must have EU citizenship, valid EU FCL CPL or ATPL license (EASA form 141), and have at least 300 hours of Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations on aircraft with EFIS, FMA and FMS systems - MTOW of the aircraft at least 5.7 tonnes.

"Additional pilots are required to prepare the airline for capacity we will fly in summer 2023," Gauss said. The airline currently operates 34 Airbus A220 aircraft and will add six more by end of year. (2022/05/17,, Image: Air Baltic)




Norse launches cadet program for its 787 operation

OSLO - Norse Atlantic Airways and OSM Aviation Academy have agreed to work together to launch a cadet program that will prepare the flight academy’s students for a future career at the new long-haul airline.

Norse Boeing 787-9

Norse will take to the skies in the second quarter of 2022 and will operate affordable flights between Europe and North America with a fleet of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Once the airline is fully operational, the development and developing a cadet program will commence in close collaboration with OSM Aviation Academy.

"Initiating a career path and mentorship program for our pilots as early as their initial stages of education and training aligns with our values of inclusive, ownership and kindness. We believe that taking ownership and including our future colleagues at an early stage will be a key effort in securing the talent of tomorrow,” said Chief Culture Officer Kristin Berthelsen at Norse.

Norse’s CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen owns 73.5 percent of OSM Aviation Academy through his company BTLCO. (2022/02/18, Source:, Image: IAC/Norse)




North America to spearhead pilot job market recovery

LONDON - The dust settles on the crisis-shaken job market for pilots, although significant regional differences prevail. According to a recent global survey, one in three pilots has not returned to cockpit duty yet. Two years in the crisis only a few pilots have left aviation for good, a recent survey shows.

The overall situation for job-hunting pilots is improving. Still, while recovery is well on track in some markets, other regions continue to lag far behind.

81 percent of North American pilots are currently under employment by an airline, according to a recent survey among the global pilot community by "Goose Recruitment" and "FlightGlobal".

Airbus A330-900 (� Airbus)

In Europe almost two out of three pilots are back in the skies - the European employment rate of 62 percent exactly mirrors the global average, up from 43 percent a year ago.

Goose Aviation CEO Mark Charman highlights "uplifts in the salaries of first officers in North America of nearly 20 percent in the last two years", which might hint to "a shortage in the rank in the region". However, this positive trend seems highly confined to the U.S. indeed.

In Asia, by comparison, the situation tended to worsen in 2021 with 25 percent of pilots not under employment at all, up two percent from the previous year. Five percent of the global pilot demographic surveyed are still employed in the aviation ecosystem - but not in a cockpit. Only seven percent pursued careers in other industries.

Older pilots tend to be more pessimistic about their post-crisis careers than younger aviators. "My age and experience now feel like they are against me," one pilot said. "Too old and overqualified."

Other pilots expect to return to normal rosters and routines soon. "I have had periods off on maternity leave so this isn’t the longest I haven’t flown before," an European Captain said. "So I am confident my skills will return."

Airbus flags pilot shortage concerns

Things can change rapidly in both directions in a highly volatile pilot job market. Airbus recently raised concerns about a potential pilot shortage in the not too distant future. According to an Airbus estimate, airlines will need to hire up to 100,000 pilots over the next five years as retirements curb staffing.

"In 2020 alone, we reported that 16 percent of pilots flying in the North American region would retire by the end of 2021," Charman said. "This year, 20 percent of unemployed pilots who were most recently flying in the North American region were planning on retiring. Pilots are a valuable asset in Northern America right now."

This week an internal memo of Southwest Airlines raised eyebrows in the pilot community. The Texas based airline expects to hire 1,547 pilots through 2022 alone - and promote 628 First Officers to Captains. (2022/01/27, Text:, Image: Airbus)




Emirates to recruit 600 pilots by early 2022

DUBAI - Emirates ramps up hiring to support "accelerated recovery". The six months recruitment drive includes vacancies for 3,000 cabin crew, 1,200 technical staff, 1,200 airport service and ground staff - and 600 pilots.

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

Emirates resumes operational recruitment to support a "sooner-than-expected surge in customer demand". The hiring spree will add about 6,000 new employees to the payroll over the next six months, Emirates said.

For the first time since the Covid-19 market collapse Emirates will also accept new pilots into its workforce. First Officers who apply for positions on the 777 and A380 will be considered even without a type rating for these fleets subject to 2,000 hours minimum experience on MTOW 20+ tonnes aircraft. (2021/10/27, Image: Emirates)

Delta Air Lines Pilot Recruiting

Delta Air Lines™ is currently recruiting First Officers, applications can still be submitted (2021/09/18).

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Delta Air Lines

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Ryanair consolidates training ops in recruitment drive

DUBLIN - Ryanair laid the groundwork for recovery and expansion with the opening of a new 50 million Euro training center in Santry, close to Dublin Airport. The Irish low-cost airline consolidates training operations under a new agreement with Airline Flight Academy (AFA) and announced a hiring spree.



The new Santry Training and Simulator Centre contains three full motion simulators - one for the 737 MAX and two for the Airbus A320 - along with with two fixed base simulators.

"Additionally, this new AFA Centre contains a state of the art cabin crew training and emergency evacuation device, as well as a specialist cabin fire training centre," Ryanair said. "The AFA Centre contains over 15 large classroom training centres and five individual pilot briefing/de-briefing rooms."

Access to these new facilities will enable Ryanair to recruit and train over 5,000 new pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground operations professionals over the next five years. Ryanair confirmed plans to grow its fleet to 600 aircraft by 2025 to support up to 200 million passengers per year.

Ryanair Eddie Wilson mulled plans to include additional training centers into the recruitment drive citing a Ryanair preference to recruit and train "native" Ryanair staff from the beginning of their careers.

Ryanair has chosen Airline Flight Academy to be its exclusive cadet training partner. "Under this agreement, Airline Flight Academy will operate and run the Training Centre, and will play a central role in recruiting the next generation of aviation professionals, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground operations professionals for Ryanair’s next phase of post Covid growth and expansion," Ryanair said. (2021/09/15, Text:, Photo: Eddie Wilson / © Leo Varadkar)



CAA: Pilots can hold both UK and EASA license

LONDON - Return path to a British license: the UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched a "simplified process" to allow pilots who transferred their licence and medical certificate to an EU member state in preparation for the end of the transition period to get their UK licence back.

Thousands of pilots transferred their documents to European member states in preparation for the end of the transition period in order to allow them to continue operating EU-registered aircraft.

Now that the UK has left the European aviation system, pilots are able to hold both a UK and European licence - something that was not possible under European regulations.

The new process is available to any pilot who held an EASA flight crew licence before the end of the transition period.

"I am really pleased we are able to offer this simplified route for pilots wishing to hold both a UK and EASA licence," CAA Director Rob Bishton said. "We know it was a tough decision for many pilots when they transferred their licences to another European member state and hope they will make use of this opportunity." (2021/04/14, Text:



CAE expects pilot job market to recover by late 2021

LONDON - Flight training provider CAE expects a robust return of pilot demand as early as late 2021. According to its recently updated market outlook, the global airline pilot population will grow from 333,000 in 2019 to 426,000 by 2029 - with a wave of retirements brightening career prospects for young pilots.


CAE market outlook 2020

Covid-19 turned to pilot job market from boom to gloom as airlines are forced to keep their fleets grounded furlough staff. Yet, the Canadian flight training provider sees limited long-term effects of the current crisis on pilot career prospects.

"CAE’s analysis shows that the fundamental factors influencing pilot demand prior to the Covid-19 outbreak remain unchanged", the company writes in its recently updated market outlook. "Age-based retirement and fleet growth were, and are expected to remain, the main drivers of pilot demand."

CAE investigated market data as airlines and operators are navigating the current downturn in passenger air travel and are pursuing recovery strategies following the outbreak of the global pandemic.

"Acute demand" for 27,000 new pilots

While the demand for pilots has decreased significantly during 2020, the CAE analysis expects the active pilot population is expected to return to 2019 levels in 2022.

"This is expected to drive an acute demand for pilots, resulting in an estimated short-term need for approximately 27,000 new professional pilots starting in late 2021," CAE said. Among the 333,000 active airline pilots of 2019, 126,000 will retire in this decade. CAE expects industry growth to add another 93,000 airline pilots jobs to the global total by 2029. (2020/11/19, Text:, Image: CAE)




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