BAA Training China: 40,000 flight training hours per year
25 Oct

BAA Training China: 40,000 flight training hours per year

On the 25th of October ceremony of groundbreaking marked the beginning of BAA Training China construction – a modern six full flight simulator aviation training centre. Following the Joint Venture agreement between Avia Solutions Group and Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA) signed in July 2019, the companies are moving to the new BAA Training training centre in Zhengzhou city, Henan province (China) establishment. The training centre is set to open its door in the second half of 2020 and as stated previously will be designed to provide the capacity of 40,000 flight hours per year and train approximately 4,000...

29 Jul

Being an MPL pilot at Avion Express

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, has recently announced the launch of MPL training program by signing the partnership agreement with BAA Training, one of the TOP 3 biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe. Today we are talking to Stasys Viltrakis, Vice President Flight Operations at Avion Express. Mr. Viltrakis will help us to get into some details regarding the requirements for an MPL candidate, find out the main values and sneak a look at the future plans of Avion Express. How was the need for MPL training born? The global airline industry is growing rapidly due 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”...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

27 Feb

Boeing 737 MAX to make history again

When talking to future pilots someone asks which type of aircraft they are dreaming to operate, hundreds of them start laughing when saying: ‘If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going!’. Although some of them are only joking, the most stunning thing is that nearly a half of them begin their pilot career in the cockpits of the Boeing 737 family aircraft, indeed! Asking why? What is so special about the Boeing 737 family? First of all, did you know that a Boeing 737 takes off or lands every 5.5 seconds somewhere in the world. This stunning fact reveals that these Boeing aircraft...