30 JULY 2018
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With a total of 540,000 new pilots likely to be needed over the next two decades according to its own Global Services Forecast, Airbus is launching a cadet training programme to help to fill the gap.
The project is in partnership with Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM), located near the Airbus Mexico Training Centre, with cadets working initially with EAM followed by qualification at the Airbus facility to become Airbus A320 pilots.
The first batch of Airbus cadets is expected to start training in January 2019, graduating in July 2020. Airbus says similar training partnerships are also planned across the globe over the coming years.
For the Mexico project, Airbus will leverage its EASA-based programme to offer what it calls “an innovative, high-quality and cost-effective ab initio training”. Airbus customers will then be able to recruit competent pilots trained to global harmonised standards.
The training, open to high-school graduates aged over 18 subject to screening tests online and on-site, will offer a complete and integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) programme built upon Airbus’ standards and worldwide experience.
EAM operates the largest modern training fleet in Mexico and uses latest-technology simulators, including an A320 for the ab initio programme.
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