Austrian Airlines still looking for 2018 cadets
VIENNA - This week 20 pilot trainees started their training to become pilots for Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines. The airline still has room for 34 people for the courses in August and November, and room for 96 future pilots for the training beginning in 2019.
"The call for applications targets women and men without any previous experience as pilots," Austrian said in a statement. The training of a pilot lasts for two years and costs about EUR 100,000 - a bearable burden as Austrian will cover a fair share of these costs and provide financing for the rest.
"Austrian Airlines now offers a lower repayment amount for the pilot training. Instead of the customary repayment totalling about EUR 60,000 up until now, pilots will only have to assume costs of EUR 40,000 over a period of ten years," the airline said. "The company itself will now bear the majority of the costs."
The training course which began this week is the sixth one within the context of Austrian Airlines’ own training program and commenced right away with theoretical instruction held in Bremen, Germany. Subsequently the first training flight will take place in Goodyear, Arizona (USA). Upon successful completion of the 22-month training period, the trainees will be given the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).
The requirements demanded of prospective candidates include EU citizenship, a secondary school leaving certificate, secondary school vocational certificate, or the subject-related university entrance qualification of the country of origin. Furthermore, candidates should be at least 165 cm tall and have an unrestricted passport. In addition, they should have a very good command of written and spoken German and English. People wearing glasses or contact lenses may only have maximum of +/- 3.0 diopter lenses. More information is available to potential applicants at austrianpilot.at. (2018/05/11)
American Airlines to provide fully-financed cadet training
DALLAS - American Airlines responds to a looming pilot shortage in the U.S. with an own cadet training, career planning and financing scheme.
U.S. pilot shortage is expected to peak at 15.000 vacant cockpit positions by 2026, according to a recent study by the University of North Dakota. American Airlines wants to take no HR gamble and joined forces with three flight schools to establish the American Airlines Cadet Academy along with a financing scheme to cover tuition and living expenses during the 18 months programme.
"The lack of financing options has restricted the size of the pilot pool," says Kimball Stone, American`s VP Flight Operations. Another factor contributing to cockpit bottlenecks are unclear career paths at U.S. majors.
American Airlines intends to offer graduates of its pilot academy initial First Officer assignement at one of its three wholly owned regional affiliates - with an option to change into mainline operation later on. (2018/04/25, Credit: American Airlines)
More information: American Airlines Cadet Academy
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)