11 MARCH 2019
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Growing demand for pilots in Europe has persuaded Airbus to extend its cadet training facilities with its own flight academy and add ab initio to its portfolio.
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.
The new facility complements the intermediate and advanced training phases that are already available and provided in the existing training network on 17 sites worldwide (BTN 14 January).
Airbus says the academy will aim to train up to 200 cadets annually using a modern fleet of single and multi-engine aircraft equipped with full digital cockpit technology as well as the latest flight simulators.
The company added: “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 behavioural competencies.”
The cadet training programme is open to high school graduates worldwide aged over 18. Candidates undergo online and on-site screening tests before being eligible for training which will include 750hr of ground school plus 200hr of flight training.
Airbus Flight Academy Europe, formerly known as Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus.
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