Posted on: 23 September 2010 by Mark Howells
FlightSafety International and Boeing Training & Flight Services have entered into an agreement to jointly offer a comprehensive First Officer training programme.
“This joint programme will help airlines meet their growing pilot hiring and training requirements by expanding the pool of pilots from which they can select,” explained Roei Ganzarski, chief customer officer, Boeing Training & Flight Services.
“This programme will provide FlightSafety Academy graduates with unmatched opportunities to become a professional pilot,” commented Daniel Greenhill, manager, FlightSafety Academy. “In addition to having received high quality training designed to enhance safety, airlines around the world will recognise the many advantages graduates of this programme possess as a result of having been trained by Boeing and FlightSafety, two of the world’s leading aviation training companies.”
The two-phase programme is designed to provide those with no prior flying experience the opportunity to pursue a career as a professional pilot.
Phase one includes ab-initio training at FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. Upon completion of this 34-week course, graduates will have earned their private pilot licence, multi-engine and instrument ratings and commercial/multi-engine certification.
Phase two is provided by Boeing Training & Flight Services. This portion of the programme is designed to provide the pilots with the background and skills required to fly a jet. The course covers topics such as high-altitude aerodynamics, wing design, jet engines, flight controls, weight and balance airline operations, advanced navigation and other key areas. This is followed immediately with a full type-rating programme.
Upon completion of the two phases, graduates will have a type rating in either a Boeing Next-Generation 737 or Airbus A320 aircraft and be fully qualified to become a First Officer.