2 JULY 2018
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A recruitment drive for new pilots with a view to future expansion has been launched by Irish carrier Stobart Air through a partnership with the Cork-based Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA).
In a first for Ireland, Stobart, the franchise flying partner to airlines including Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe, and the academy are putting together a new pilot mentorship programme with guaranteed employment for all graduates.
The companies have developed an extensive 16-month training programme that involves 220hr of flight time through Cork International Airport with ongoing one-on-one mentoring from a Stobart Air pilot.
On successful conclusion of the programme, the new pilots will receive their commercial flying licences and be offered full-time employment as first officers with Stobart Air.
Students fly AFTA’s next-generation Cessna 172s for the initial phase of training followed by Piper Senecas for the advanced phases. Ground training is on a next-generation state-of-the-art simulator based on the Boeing B737NG.
Stobart managing director Graeme Buchanan said: “We are continuing to grow and develop and we have ambitious plans following our €25m investment in route network expansion, fleet modernisation and pilot recruitment announced last year.
“AFTA is internationally renowned with a clear track record in training and it’s important we have a steady stream of talented and professional pilots to meet the needs of our growing network.”
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