01 Oct 2014 08:30
A group of 36 Etihad Airways UAE national cadet pilots have started a specialised aviation training program in Dublin, Ireland.
The program, at College Ireland Aviation Services in Weston
Airport, will provide aviation-focused English language training to 36 cadet
pilots. During the three month course the cadet pilots will also be living with
Irish host families.
The cadet pilots were welcomed to Ireland on Friday 26 September by
Minister for Justice and Equality, Francis Fitzgerald TD; Second Secretary of
UAE embassy in Ireland, Mohamed Al Shamsi; and Brian Joyce, Executive Chairman
of College Ireland Aviation Services.
Also in attendance was Captain Salah Awadh Alfarajalla, VP Aviation
Security and National Pilot Development, and Wissam Hachem, Vice President for
Learning and Development at Etihad Airways.
Ray Gammell, Etihad Airways’ Chief People and Performance Officer, said:
“Etihad Airways continually identifies world class training and education opportunities
to develop our aviation professionals. This partnership with College Ireland Aviation Services will help to grow and empower our Emirati cadet pilots who will play an
important role in our business.”
Ireland Ambassador to the UAE, Patrick Hennessy, said: “I warmly welcome
the new program launched by Etihad Airways and College Ireland in the framework
of their strategic partnership.
“This initiative underlines the significant cooperation between Etihad
Airways and Ireland and of course is also testament to the quality of Irish
education, as reflected in the training program developed by College Ireland in
cooperation with Etihad Airways.
“In welcoming these young Emirati cadet pilots to Ireland, I am also
pleased to note this further enhancement of the rapidly growing positive
relationship between Ireland and the UAE.”
College Ireland Aviation Services teachers are qualified as
aviation professionals and English language teachers, giving them the ideal
expertise to support the cadet pilots’ understanding of aviation terminology.
As part of the program cadet pilots will enhance their language
skills for real-life flying situations including abnormal and emergency
The cadet pilots will undertake aviation-specific subject modules,
such as dangerous goods training. At the end of the program they will take
internationally recognised aviation language exams.
Sara Al Naqbi, one of the cadet pilots taking the course, said: “This
is a fantastic opportunity to study and learn in Ireland as well as develop our
English language skills to meet the requirements to be a qualified Etihad
“While the classroom training is essential to develop our aviation
language, this experience also gives us the opportunity to be immersed in an
English speaking culture while we live with our host families.”
Since the launch of Etihad Airways’ graduate programs, more than
1,000 people have joined the airline and are now deployed in positions across
UAE nationals are the largest nationality in Etihad Airways with
1,680 currently employed across the airline.