19 Dec

Airbus A320 family aircraft for a bright beginning?

Having a bird’s eye of the world beneath by being in control of a large flying machine is a great dream for many. But, if you are the one who desires to pursue a pilot’s career path, there is a high probability that your first stop would be the First Officer’s seat in the A320. Wondering why? Airbus A320 family moving the world From the heat of the desert to icy Arctic runways or from short runway urban environments to remote high-altitude airports, the A320 takes passengers anywhere. Airbus A320 family is the best-selling aircraft family in aviation which is still constantly...

28 Nov

Crew planning and scheduling – the true ruler of an airline?

Aircraft, fuel and crew are the three key cost drivers of successful airline operations. Finding the most efficient route and staffing it with properly qualified personnel is a critical financial consideration. So, for the effective utilisation of entire fleet and crews, good planning is a matter of key importance. However, mistakes happen. One of the recent examples of crew planning problems can be a case of Ryanair, the low-cost carrier based in Dublin. The airline reported that poor planning and a bit of bad luck left the company with a shortage of working pilots, many of whom took time off, for...

25 Sep

Is pilots’ motivation really affected by the salary only?

Have you ever tried to figure out the underlying elements framing the concept of a pilot job? Six-figure salaries, limitless horizons above the head, a phenomenal way of the world acquisition are only a few of the most widely known aspects making this job extremely desirable; however, there exist plenty of extra peculiarities the occupation is wrapped up in. Thus, BAA Training held a conversation with several captains to find out their opinion on the widespread rumours concerning pilot shortage, intensifying ‘salary wars’ among airlines, and also know their professional insights regarding the ways an airline can attract a top pilot. This...

25 Sep

Pilots also make mistakes. How to get better prepared for a job interview?

According to the latest data from the largest global aviation recruitment agency AviationCV.com more than 540 captains and over 170 first officers’ job ads are submitted at the moment. Most of them belong for Asian and European companies. Although the world is talking about the shortage of pilots, airlines do not want to make any reckless decisions. Companies are investing into more advanced recruitment tools and resources, thus, a job interview is becoming a challenging stage for pilots who are applying for a job. What must be taken into account while hunting for a pilot’s position? Mistakes pilots make Head of...

5 Sep

Lao Skyway experience: cadet programmes help to actually retain pilots

Recently, BAA Training launched a new helicopter cadet programme with Lao Skyway, a private airline with its headquarters in Laos, offering helicopter and fixed wing aircraft charter services. We invited Channoula Lotouthoum, Acting Training Manager at Lao Skyway, for a short interview about the challenges in the helicopter charter industry and reasons for choosing the cadet programme. C. Lotouthoum says that the majority of Lao Skyway pilots work at the company until the retirement. Find out more about the recipe for employee retention in the interview below. Now the aviation market is widely discussing the immense shortage of pilots. Do you...

28 Aug

Flight Dispatcher position opens exciting opportunities in aviation

BAA Training Aviation Academy takes care not only of those who can take us to the skies, but also provides training to those who guide pilots from the ground. This time we got in touch with our former student, Edgaras Zubkovas, who has already completed the Flight Dispatcher’s course at the aviation academy and, at present, is successfully working at one of the fastest growing independent leisure airlines in Europe. It is always a pleasure to get valuable insights from the students, especially after they graduate and start their career as aviation professionals. We suggest getting deeper into the peculiarities of a...

24 Jul

Hunting for simulator spare parts: make it more efficient

CAE forecasts that the industry will need 255,000 new airline pilots over the next 10 years. Airbus predicts that by 2036 the demand for new pilots will be over half a million. It is calculated that the airline industry will need to produce 70 new type-rated pilots per day to meet the global demand. What does it mean for the global flight simulators’ market? The latest report by “Reportlinker” on the Global Flight Simulator Market forecasts the growth of around 4.8% to reach approximately $9.5 billion by 2025. In turn, new pathways and processes will be required to meet the industry...

19 Dec

2016 in review

What a year! 2016 is set to be one of the safest years in aviation history. There has been a remarkably small number of air accidents this year - a testament to the stringent safety standards now in place not only around EASA countries, but also all around the world. With each year the number of emergency landings only goes down. It can be stated as a purposeful work of aircraft manufacturers and regulatory offices. In this short review of 2016 BAA Training introduces an overview of EASA regulations and manufacturers’ achievements. EASA regulations: In February EU and China launched a €10...

8 Nov

Dakar rally racing drivers try pilots’ seats

Have you ever been wondering if there are more professions similar to that of a pilot? BAA Training has given an opportunity for Dakar rally participant Antanas Juknevicius and his co-pilot Darius Vaiciulis to try pilots’ seats in a full-flight simulator. The racing drivers tried piloting a Boeing 737 aircraft (in this case a full-flight simulator) and compared this experience to that of driving a rally car. The toughest part in piloting an aircraft appeared to be the take-off as, contrary to the car, speed is controlled in a different way - with hands. An interesting fact is that the co-pilot...

27 Sep

Cadet pilot program as a measure against pilot shortage

Recently the aviation industry has been actively confronting an increasing pilot shortage which is likely to exist in the future as well. The Boeing and Airbus predict that 617,000 new pilots will be needed by 2035. This phenomenon is influenced by several factors like a global aviation growth, the airplane technologies advancement, and massive expansion of low cost /ultra-low-cost airlines across the globe. Also, low oil prices are increasing airline profits at the moment giving the opportunity to enlarge the fleet. Therefore, the airlines are trying to solve the pilot shortage problem by investing in partnership with flight training academies,...