AirAsia still looking for 2019 student pilots
KUALA LUMPUR - AirAsia easily makes it into the list of the most successful airline ventures in Asia. The airline still accepts applications for its 2019 ab initio pilot training scheme.
"You can have all the money you want in the world, and you can have all the brilliant ideas - but if you do not have the people, forget it," says AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes. To support continued fleet and schedule growth at Asia`s largest low-cost airline, AirAsia trains student pilots in its own MPL programme to fly Airbus A320s later on.
The 2019 course still has some spots left to fill. Applicants need to have Malaysian citizenship, be between 18 and 28 years of age and must fit certain health requirements. More information about joining AirAsia and the screening process is available here. (2019/03/20)
Airbus to provide ab initio training in Europe
TOULOUSE - Airbus develops its Cassidian Aviation Training Services arm into a flight school. A new ab initio programme will accomodate up to 200 flight students per year in Airbus-centric courses.
"In order to meet the high market demand for cadet pilot training in Europe - 94,000 new pilots over the next 20 years . Airbus has decided to open its own flight academy and extend its training services offering by adding ab-initio to its portfolio," the manufactures said in a statement.
Leveraging cross-divisional synergies, the "Airbus Flight Academy Europe", based in Angoulême, France, will use Airbus standardised instructors to deliver the ab-initio Pilot Cadet Training programme approved by EASA at the end of 2018, complementing the intermediate and advanced training phases that are already available and provided in the existing training network on 17 sites worldwide.
The Airbus Flight Academy Europe aims to train up-to 200 pilot cadets annually. Using a modern fleet of both single and multi-engine aircraft equipped with full digital cockpit technology as well as the latest flight simulators, the training programme will equip students with the skills and mind-set required to become “operationally-ready pilots" focusing on the all-important development of key pilot technical and behavioral competencies.
The Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme is open to high school graduates over 18 years old worldwide. Candidates will undergo online and on-site screening tests before being eligible for training which will include 750 hours of ground school, plus 200 hours of flight training. (2019/02/28)
Lufthansa to expand EFA beyond 500 students
GOODYEAR - Lufthansa will admit 500 flight students into its 2019 ab initio courses. The airline hopes to attract more female cadets.
European Flight Academy (EFA) - the flight training arm of Lufthansa Group - enrolled 450 new students in 2018. "We are looking to surpass last year`s record with 500 flight students in 2019," an EFA spokesperson said. Along with a growing pilot demand at all Lufthansa group airlines EFA may even "go beyond this number in the years to come".
One in seven EFA students is female. While EFA calls its 15 percent female cadet demographic "high" among industry peers it admits more need to be done "to increase this number and attract more girls and women to persue the pilot profession".
Lufthansa operates six pilot training centers in Germany, Switzerland and the US. Several of the 150 EFA instructors are active Lufthansa pilots. (2019/02/26)
Singapore Airlines starts 2019 ab initio recruitment
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines accepts flight student applications. The ab initio training scheme is the fast lane into a cockpit of Singapore Airlines or Silkair.
As airlines in Asia-Pacific face a pilot shortage, Singapore Airlines boosts its ab initio training. The 2019 application process comprises a preliminary interview, aptitude tests, a final interview and a medical check-up. Flight students admitted to Singapore Flying College will undergo flight training in Singapore and oversea facilities and graduate with either an ATPL or MPL.
Unlike other airlines, Singapore Airlines pays its flight students a monthly allowance to cover living expenses. Graduates will start their careers as First Officers with Singapore Airlines or Silkair. (2019/01/21, Image: Singapore Airlines)
Lufthansa: 450 flight students enrolled at EFA in 2018
ROSTOCK - Lufthansa resumed its ab initio pilot training program with a record of 450 cadets at its new European Flight Academy (EFA) flight school.
"Recruitment and training of new pilots for Lufthansa Group" cockpits was the focus in the first full year of the relaunch, said Ola Hansson, Head of Lufthansa Aviation Training. With 450 young women and men enrolling in Lufthansa MPL and ATPL courses in 2018, EFA still has room to grow - eventually, Lufthansa targets up to 650 cadets per year according to insiders.
Lufthansa effectively suspended its ab initio pilot training in 2014 and sent graduates of its former NFF program into a holding pattern over a clash with its pilot union. With a looming pilot shortage in Europe, Lufthansa reinstated its pilot courses in broad scale to support the recruitment needs of its group airlines - and invested in a new training fleet.
30 Cirrus SR20 and Diamond DA-42 replaced the F33 Bonanza and Piper PA44 training fleets at the EFA Goodyear (Arizona, United States) and Rostock (Germany) facilities.
Lufthansa offers financing plans to cover 100,000 EUR in tuition fees. Vienna based group member Austrian Airlines even returned to a co-sponsored plan to attract new pilots into its cockpits.
We recommend SkyTest® Preparation Software for DLR 1 Screening (BU/GU) and SkyTest® Preparation Software for IP-BQ (Basic Qualification) to prep for 2019 EFA admission screenings. (2018/12/19, Image: Lufthansa)
Airbus ventures into ab initio pilot training
TOULOUSE - Airbus and the French Civil Aviation University, ENAC, have obtained EASA certification for a co-developed ab initio Pilot Cadet Training Programme that will be used by a worldwide network of partner flight schools, starting with the first customer Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM) in Mexico city early 2019.
Airbus tackles a looming pilot shortage with a flight training initivative. "Pilot Cadets worldwide will now be able to benefit from a complete and fully integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence programme built upon Airbus’ high safety and reliability standards and extensive experience in pilot training," Airbus said in a statement.
The Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme aims to equip cadets with the skills and mind-set required to become an "operationally-ready pilot" focusing on the all-important development of key pilot technical and behavioural competencies.
"The programme reflects, not only Airbus’ commitment to supporting the safe operation of all its aircraft, but also supports airline customers in contributing to the long-term availability of qualified pilots, helping to meet the growing demand forecast for more than 500,000 pilots over the next 20 years," according to Airbus.
The programme will be open to young people over 18 years old who have graduated from high school. Candidates will undergo online and on-site screening tests before being eligible for training, which will include 750 hours of ground school, plus 200 hours of flight training. (2018/12/06)
Air Dolomiti to launch cadet programme with EFA
VERONA - Air Dolomiti is cleared for growth. The Italian arm of Lufthansa will double its fleet by 2023 and starts a cadet training programme to support its pilot demand.
As Alitalia and Lufthansa seem unlikely to strike a deal, Lufthansa decided to bolster its own group presence in Italy. Air Dolomiti will source 15 Embraer E195 120 seater aircraft from Lufthansa Cityline and grow its fleet from 12 to 26 aircraft between 2019 and 2023. A separate flight school programme flanks the fleet expansion strategy.
"In particular, for flying personnel, a cutting-edge programme is planned which has never before been done in Italy: the conception of an Air Dolomiti Flying Academy, thanks to which, new pilots will be trained, in cooperation with Lufthansa Aviation Training and the European Flight Academy - EFA," Air Dolomiti said.
Air Dolomiti will finance it in part, offering scholarships to allow the cadets to take on a training curriculum. "An agreement is in the conclusive stages with a major banking institute in order to provide assistance to the aspiring pilots", according to Air Dolomiti.
Admission is subject to passing an initial screening with specific tests such as the DLR in Hamburg, Germany in English and psychological and behavioural tests to then continue preparation in compliance with the Lufthansa Group standards. (2018/10/24, Image: Air Dolomiti)
More female pilots: Austrian unveils 2019 recruitment targets
VIENNA - Austrian Airlines ramps up its 2019 pilot recruitment. The Austrian Lufthansa Group airline is in the market for 100 ready entry pilots and will admit nearly the same number of cadets to its 2019 flight training programme. The offerings target women in particular.
"Four so-called ab initio courses will be offered in 2019, each with 24 training positions for interested candidates without previous flight experience," Austrian said in a statement.
Admission requirements include EU citizenship, a secondary school leaving certificate, a secondary school vocational certificate, or the subject-related university entrance qualification of the country of origin.
Austrian wants to attract more women for its cockpits in the 2019 hiring spree. "Over the last three years, the percentage of female pilots at Austrian Airlines has risen from three percent in 2015 to the current level of five percent," Austrian said. "This is a positive development. However, it also demonstrates that women are still strongly underrepresented in this profession." (2018/10/19)
Pilots in high demand
FRANKFURT - Amid a vibrant aviation market airlines brace for one of their greatest concerns: pilot shortage. The industry needs to attract 600,000+ new pilots by 2035 to support a projected 100 percent growth of global air traffic.
Pilots are in high demand already - SkyJobs.com currently lists more than 500 pilot vacancies. Several airline majors - Lufthansa, Emirates, Qantas, American and Jetblue Airways to mention just a few - either revived to launched ab initio pilot training programmes. Yet, ATPL training at an independent flight school remains an attractive option in the current market environment.
The flight school expo Be a pilot Screening Day 2018 will gather flight schools, flight training experts and prospective flight students Oct. 20th in Frankfurt. SkyJobs.com and SkyTest will co-host the venue that addresses all aspects of pilot ab inito training:
- how do I pick my flight school?
- what are my financing options?
- what medical aspects do I need to consider?
- how do I land a job with an airline?
Condor A320 Captain Moritz Schmiede will give a presentation on the Condor ab initio programme CAP in Frankfurt. Meet major flight schools on-site and take a free SkyTest pilot aptitude screening - Be a pilot Screening Day 2018 is open at The Squaire, Frankfurt Airport, Oct. 20th 10.00am - 5.00pm. Admission is 8.00 EUR in advance ticket purchase and 12.00 EUR on-site. (2018/10/02)
Ryanair to train 450 pilots in "mentored" scheme
DUBLIN - Boeing shared a remarkable snap from its Renton final assembly line this week: five 737-800 aircraft in a row in production for a single customer airline: Ryanair. The Irish budget airline just announced plans to hire up to 1,000 new pilots and train 450 cadets to support its growing fleet.
In the wake to clashes with pilot unions all over Europe Ryanair doubles down on flight training and co-sponsored type-ratings.
The airline mandated Cork-based Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) to train 450 pilots over the next five years within the framework of the "Ryanair-mentored Pilot Programme" - a fast track for ab intio level cadets into a Ryanair cockpit.
"This new 16-month intensive training programme gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve their pilot licence and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 type-rating programme," Ryanair said. Trainee pilots on the programme will be trained by AFTA instructors using Ryanair procedures.
“This new Ryanair-AFTA programme will provide the airline with a steady pipeline of talented and professional pilots from around Europe to meet the needs of our growing network," added Ryanair Head of Crew Training Capt. Andy O`Shea. "Ryanair will hire up to 1,000 pilots per annum over the next 5 years and our pilots can look forward to unmatched opportunities." (2018/09/18, Image credit: Boeing)