Posted on: 01 August 2014 by Mark Howells
Boeing is launching a new Pilot Development Program in response to figures it recently revealed projecting the need for over half a million commercial airline pilots in the next twenty years.
David Wright, director of the Pilot Development Program, explained, “Boeing has been talking about this demand for years—the Pilot Development Program is our answer, and an investment in the future of aviation personnel.”
The programme is designed to provide all the training a pilot needs, from basic theory through to qualification as a commercial jet first officer. It will take place at Boeing training facilities around the world.
Jeppeson, a subsidiary of Boeing, will carry out initial screening and ab initio training. This will include a competence evaluation in Aviation English, foundational aviation knowledge and migration from practical ground and flight training to an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).
Wright was keen to point out that Boeing alone can’t fulfil the global demand for commercial pilots, emphasising, “No single company can close the gap in demand. This is an industry issue, and can only be solved by innovative, industry-wide solutions.”