As part of its sustainable development plan, Airbus Flight Academy Europe, a 100% subsidiary of Airbus that trains pilots for the military and commercial sector, recently received its first batch of quieter, more fuel-efficient Elixir training aircraft.
Out of the eight aircraft to be delivered, the first four have a cockpit specifically made for the Airbus Flight Academy, complete with two Electronic Flight Instrument Systems (EFIS) to acquaint cadet pilots with the technologies found in the most cutting-edge commercial aircraft of today.
To support the initial, basic, and advanced training of civil and military pilots, Airbus Flight Academy Europe was founded in 2006. Since 2019, Airbus Flight Academy Europe has been providing the Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme, having built its own pilot training capabilities. Situated in the southwest region of France, in Angoulême, the training center has all the resources and facilities needed to give cadets the best possible training environment.
All worldwide high school graduates over the age of eighteen are eligible to apply for the Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme. Before being allowed to begin training, which consists of more than 800 hours of ground school and 200 hours of practical (flight and simulator) training, candidates must pass screening tests both online and on location. Each year, the Airbus Flight Academy Europe trains about eighty cadets.
With a fleet of aircraft devoted to cadet training, Airbus Flight Academy Europe possesses four Elixirs in addition to its fleet of Diamond DA42, Cirrus SR20, and Grob 120 A-F. A fleet of two FNPT II-qualified simulators is also operated by Airbus Flight Academy Europe on both its own and customer sites to provide the best training options for aspiring pilots.
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