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15 May

BAA Training to Train Turkish Airlines Pilots

Turkish Airlines, one of the top airlines in the world, has signed a contract with BAA Training for a Cadet training program. One of the TOP 3 biggest independent aviation training centers in Europe, BAA Training, is proud to announce that it will deliver training to almost 300 cadets for the airline in 3.5 years. Having one of Europe's youngest fleets with an average age of 8,2 years, Turkish Airlines has a total of 335 aircraft, of which 224 are narrow, 88 are wide bodies, and 23 are freighter. To operate the current fleet, the number of which is set to...

8 Apr

BAA Training and Avion Express announce MPL training

BAA Training one of the TOP 3 biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe announces the launch of MPL training program by signing the partnership agreement with Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world. According to the agreement, Avion Express pilots are to start MPL training this August and will be ready to operate as F/O in 18 months from then. The aim of the course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot of a multi-engine multi-pilot turbine-powered air transport aeroplane under VFR and IFR and to...

25 Feb

Language of the sky

The language used in the cockpit sounds technical and only aviation professionals understand it. Pilots communicate with each other and air traffic control in English, regardless of their own native language or any other languages they speak. Aviation English is in some ways a separate language compared to the one spoken on the ground. Therefore, even native English speakers have to learn it. What makes it so special? English for flight safety Aviation English has been the de facto international language of civil aviation since the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommended English to be universally used for “international aeronautical radiotelephony communications”...

Competency-based Pilot Training
20 Feb

BAA Training Adopts Competency-based Pilot Training

BAA Training, one of the TOP 3 biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe, becomes one of the first training providers to add a new non-technical module into its training syllabus – NTS training. With this module pilot training moves away from factual knowledge training toward competency-based training. The academy prepared this program according to a new requirement from EASA to implement a new training course Area 100 KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes), which will be mandatory for every training provider from 2022. The need for non-technical training was born when a strong relationship between pilots and accidents was discovered. According to...

Boeing 737 NG FFS
10 Dec

BAA Training ends the year with doubled training capabilities

BAA Training, one of TOP 3 biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe, announces receiving the second of the two additional full flight simulators acquired in 2018. Airbus A320 FFS has already been assembled and is ready for training at BAA Training headquarters in Vilnius. With the current addition, the aviation training academy doubles its type rating training capabilities as it operates 4 full flight simulators in total. Recently BAA Training has made an announcement about the brand new Boeing 737 Next Generation full flight simulator, which along with Airbus A320 FFS has been settled in the brand new, modern training...

30 Nov

BAA Training and Chinese HNCA to Open Pilot Training Centre

BAA Training, a subsidiary of Avia Solutions Group, a global aviation holding, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA) announcing the start of cooperation for Henan-based Joint Venture aviation training company in People's Republic of China (PRC). As the experts forecast the tremendous need of commercial airline pilots, BAA Training and HNCA enter a mutual agreement to contribute to the aviation community preparing the highest quality aviation professionals. According to the CAAC the country’s civil aviation industry experiences an extreme growth: the annual flying time has soared to 10.5 million hours up from...

29 Oct

Artificial Intelligence Putting Roots in Aviation

The aviation industry is constantly striving to improve the way it works. To this end, it has begun using artificial intelligence (AI). Though the aviation industry is still in the early stage of AI adoption, some progress has already been made, as some leading carriers, training centers and aircraft manufacturers have started to invest in AI. One of the main spheres where the aviation sector is constantly trying to improve is pilot training. It’s not a surprise to anybody that teaching a future pilot is a long and intensive process, with ground school and certification tests. According to industry experts, AI...

Boeing 737 NG FFS
26 Sep

BAA Training Expands its Training Capability with New B737 NG FFS

BAA Training, one of the largest independent aviation training centers in Europe, is expanding training capabilities by adding a brand new Boeing 737 Next Generation full flight simulator to its headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania. The brand new training device will be ready for training on 12th October and will add 7,300 hours of training per year. Also, it is going to expand the scope of type rating training equipment at BAA Training headquarters, where Boeing 737 Classic and Airbus 320 full flight simulators are already operating. The market price of this new full flight simulator varies from 9.5 to 10.5 million...

24 Sep

Say Goodbye To Radars And Welcome Satellites

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 prompted a giant, multinational and, therefore, the most expensive search in aviation history. Unfortunately, none of the passengers and crew members have been found since it disappeared in 2014. In order to eliminate blind spots and delays by optimizing flight paths and heights, last year Malaysia Airlines announced that all the airline’s aircraft will use up-to-the-minute aircraft tracking system, called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B). What is it? Why is it needed? What are the main advantages of this system? Radars are not enough to track the aircraft Let’s start from the beginning. Typically, the world’s...

30 Jul

Cadet Type Rating Program: A Life Belt For Pilots Or For Airlines?

For those seeking a career in the skies, there is now a great opportunity to pursue their dreams. Recently, the market has been filled with positive news – pilot Cadet programs have appeared in the market. There was a time not so long ago when the aspiring future pilots had to pay for their training on their own. Unfortunately, the cost of training was a financial barrier for many of them. However, the market has recently been filled with sponsored Ab Initio Cadet programs, many of you have heard about. In addition, many airlines started to put many efforts by setting...

3 Jul

BAA Training Invests over 1.2M EUR into Ab Initio Training Equipment

BAA Training, one of the biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe, is expanding its Ab Initio flight school capacity by investing over 1.2M EUR into new learning material and equipment. Recently, the Academy has purchased 4 new aircraft, two Cessna 172 and two Tecnam T2002, which are expected to join the fleet currently consisting of 2 Cessna 172, 2 Tecnam P2006T and 9 Tecnam P2002JF aircraft. The brand new four aircraft are due to be delivered to BAA Training and arrive in Vilnius by the middle of July. Last year BAA Training used 8,000 hours for training students in the aircraft...

25 Jun

Growing Multicultural Competence in Aviation Academies

By its nature, aviation is a multicultural endeavour. Pilots fly in foreign space, transport passengers from different cultures, and work with a culturally diverse crew. Even the aircraft they fly is designed and built in different parts of the world. Different intercultural interactions in aviation happen every day. Therefore, in this field, growing your multicultural competence is a necessity. Thankfully, being able to adapt and function efficiently in a culturally diverse setting is a learnable attribute. There are a few ways to grow your multicultural competence: firstly, by attending mandatory Crew Recourse Management (CRM) courses. Aviation academies invest a significant amount...

29 May

BAA Training to ensure all-year-round training with flight base in Spain

BAA Training the largest Central and Eastern Europe aviation training centre is expanding its flight base network. BAA Training Ab Initio school, currently handling more than 200 students, and having three aerodromes to conduct flight training, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with – Lleida-Alguaire International Airport in Spain. Since 2016 actively working in partnership with Wizz Air, SmartLynx, Small Planet Airlines, Avion Express, Lao Skyway airlines and BayViet aviation school BAA Training provides aviation community with Cadet training solutions. At the moment Ab Initio school has 218 students from more 50 different countries. Their training is being conducted in 3 different...

23 Apr

The Future of Pilots Resides in the Far East?

When making a decision whether to become a pilot or not, you might ask yourself a few questions: does the aviation industry need more pilots? Where do they need them the most? If so, what type rating should I choose? As for the first question, the short answer is a definite yes. But let us go a little bit more into detail with this. You may have or may not have heard of the phrase that “the aviation market is booming”. And this is very much the case. CAE’s Airline Pilot Demand Outlook covers a 10-year period and predicts that 225,000...

17 Apr

BAA Training establishes new company in Vietnam

BAA Training, one of the largest aviation training centres in Northern Europe, has announced the establishment of a new company in Vietnam – BAA Training Vietnam which is to operate a training centre of 4 full flight simulators and Ab Initio flight school by 2023. According to the Boeing projections Asia Pacific region will require up to 253,000 new pilots until 2036. Looking at South East Asia alone, the aircraft numbers will grow from 1,410 in 2016 up to 4,200 aircraft by 2036, 77% of which will be made up of single aisle airplanes, mainly A320 and B737 family aircraft. The...

26 Mar

First impressions from a newly qualified A320 pilot from Vietnam

In order to help make right decisions and prepare for Type Rating training, BAA Training has asked several questions a student from Vietnam, currently holding a CPL licence. Nam Bao Hoang Le shares insights about the difference between training in Europe and Asia, reveals some tips and comments on the training experience at BAA Training....

26 Mar

Aviation – a hive of activity for aircraft manufacturers

A booming aviation market, demand for air travel increasing at an annual average rate of more than 5% per year, dozens of new airlines, all these are fertilising the growth of the industry as never before. But, obviously, the growth of any of the industries could not be maintained without a sufficient number of aircraft picking up or dropping off passengers at any part of the world. As long as in 20 years’ time air travel market is expected to be 2.5 times larger, an increase of the global commercial jet fleet is projected to almost correspond. It means that...

9 Mar

Avion Express about the cooperation with BAA Training

Avion Express is the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world and the largest airline in Lithuania. Established in 2005, the ever-growing company has an excellent track record in the industry. In 2018 Avion Express will operate 15 Airbus 319/320/321 aircraft serving its clients worldwide. A number of the company’s pilots have finished Airbus A320 Type Rating training at BAA Training. "We appreciate the flexibility and attention to detail in services delivered by BAA Training. We chose this aviation academy due to a favourable location and efficient service solutions," comments Stasys Viltrakis, Vice President Flight Operations....