28 Jan 2015 12:30
Etihad Flight College, the world-class flight training college based at Al Ain International Airport in the UAE, is now authorised to provide the Multi Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training program following certification as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
subsidiary of Etihad Airways, Etihad Flight College was established to train
ab-initio pilots for the airline’s rapidly expanding fleet, and currently
provides fixed wing training to over 90 Emirati and international students.
The MPL training
program provides students with the core competencies required of an airline
pilot in today’s ever changing aviation marketplace. It focuses on relevant and operator-specific
training, rather than the traditional model of performance-based training in a
generic format. It produces pilots with
not only the skills to fly a modern commercial aircraft to the most exacting
standards, but the competencies and attitudes required of a professional pilot
James Hogan, Etihad
Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Establishing our own
world-class training facility is a long-term strategy to support our needs for
the future. As the national airline of the UAE, it is vital for us to offer
training and manpower development for Emirati’s while also providing a source
of well-trained, highly-skilled pilots for our growing operations.”
the acquisition of the fixed wing division of Horizon International Flight
Academy from Mubadala in September 2014, the Etihad Flight College will train
up to 200 Emirati and international cadets annually.
currently employs over 2,200 pilots to operate its fleet of 110 Airbus and