Posted on: 21 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Loganair has recruited six graduate pilots from partner organisation Tayside Aviation, which is based at Dundee Airport, to its flight crew division.
Each of the six recruits, who were already fully-qualified pilots when they joined the airline, will spend the next three months at Loganair’s new training facility in Glasgow. During this time they will go through the airline’s intensive training programme, which includes class-based theory, a two-week simulator programme and numerous flights with Loganair’s team of training captains.
The new pilots will also spend time training with Loganair fleet specialists in Sweden and Holland before a final test flight with a Loganair examiner at the end of their training.
Following that, the pilots will officially work across four of Loganair’s five aircraft types. These include both its Saab models – the 34-seat 340 and the 50-seat 2000 – as well as the 31-seat Dornier 328. Furthermore, for the first time in the history of the partnership, a Tayside Aviation pilot will be trained by Loganair to operate the Twin Otter, which is famous for its iconic beach landing at Barra.
“Our relationship with Tayside Aviation has been a fruitful one over the years and I’m pleased to see that this partnership continues to thrive,” remarked Andy Thornton, Loganair’s director of flight operations. “I am a graduate of Tayside Aviation myself, so I know these latest recruits already possess the necessary skills and experience to make it as pilots with the airline. Our flight crews operate a unique fleet of aircraft and they frequently work in challenging weather conditions across the length and breadth of Scotland. Quite rightly, they need to be the best at what they do because passenger safety is, and always will be, of paramount importance to Loganair and its flight crews.”
Jim Watt, managing director of Tayside Aviation, added, “The formal partnership with Loganair and our new pilot degree programme enables us to culture safe and experienced pilots right from the beginning of their training. This safety culture becomes second nature to them and I am pleased that we are now supplying graduates to the Twin Otter for the first time.”
The partnership between Loganair and Tayside Aviation was formalised in 2010, but the relationship between the companies goes back further, with more than 50 Tayside Aviation graduates having worked as both first officers and captains with the airline to date.