Airbus get into ab-initio Training

Airbus launching the ‘Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme’ to include ab initio training.

The programme is being launched in partnership with Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM), located near to the Airbus Mexico Training Centre. After completing their initial training with EAM, cadets will qualify at the Airbus Mexico Training centre to become Airbus A320 pilots.

Airbus customers will be able to delegate pilot screening activities and to recruit pilots trained to global harmonised standards. Airbus say that cadets will benefit from a complete and fully integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) programme built upon Airbus’ standards and worldwide experience in pilot training.

The Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme aims to equip cadets with the skills and mindset required to become an ‘operationally-ready pilot’. Airbus has introduced competency-based training throughout the entire curriculum, with the programme focuses on the all-important development of the key pilot competencies. Airbus also provides a bridge course from local licence to EASA licence.

The programme will be open to young people over 18 years old who have graduated from high school. Candidates will undergo screening tests online and on-site.

The first batch of Airbus cadets is expected to start training in January 2019, graduating in July 2020. Similar partnerships are planned across the globe over the coming years.

Airbus has been offering training courses since its creation some 50 years ago and has tripled its training locations worldwide in the last few years.
Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM) was established in 1943 and trains 200 cadets per year.

Serving Mexico’s main airlines, EAM is located in Mexico City and Guadalajara with flight bases in Acapulco, Cuernavaca and Atizapán. EAM operates the largest training fleet in the country and uses latest-technology simulators, including an A320 for the ab initio programme.

Author: Rob Hall

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