By Andy Sambidge
Emirates-CAE Flight Training announces long-term agreement with low-cost carrier
Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) has announced a long-term pilot training agreement with low-cost carrier flydubai.
This arrangement will provide instruction on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft to those interested in having an opportunity to fly for flydubai.
The programme is offered to commercial pilots who have less than 1,500 flying hours and is currently underway at the Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) and Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) centres.
"As the aviation industry in the Middle East continues to grow, training facilities for pilots to gain additional experience and skills are essential. This programme demonstrates the commitment of ECFT and flydubai to ensuring pilots are offered world-class training opportunities," ECFT said in a statement.
The ECFT type-rating programme represents an opportunity for low-hour commercial pilots to accumulate the required number of flying hours and become type rated.
Upon successful completion of the programme, pilots will be able to apply for any potential vacancies at flydubai and may then be invited to undergo a comprehensive evaluation and interview process.
“flydubai pilots have trained solely with ECFT since the airline’s beginning. The trademark of ECFT’s training is defined by high-quality,” said Kenneth Gile, chief operating officer at flydubai.
“With our focus on safety and passenger confidence, we seek to hire the best talent in the industry and have chosen ECFT as a trusted partner to help us find qualified pilots to join our team of passionate and dedicated people.”
“Identifying and training qualified pilot candidates for growing airlines such as flydubai is an important element of the portfolio of products and services CAE offers to airlines,” added Walter Visser, managing director of Emirates-CAE Flight Training.
“Our mission is to be the training partner of choice for our customers and this programme is another example of how we work with our customers to cater to their specific training needs. Our instructional programmes use innovative methodologies and best-in-class instructors to ensure the safety and efficiency of our customer operations.”
ECFT is jointly operated by Emirates and CAE, a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence.
The original facility, housed in a training centre adjacent to the Emirates Aviation College in Garhoud, Dubai, was the first training centre of its kind in the Middle East to be approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
ECFT services over 200 aviation clients and trains more than 10,000 pilots and technicians a year on a range of Airbus, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft aircraft types. Commercial airlines, business aircraft and helicopter operators also train their crews and maintenance staff at ECFT.