Airbus has launched an ab initio pilot training program as the airline industry faces the prospect of a growing deficit of trained flight deck personnel in coming years.

The “Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme” is being launched in partnership with Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM), located close to the Airbus Mexico Training Centre. After completing their initial training with EAM, cadets will qualify at the center to become Airbus A320 pilots. EAM trains 200 cadets per year. It is located in Mexico City and Guadalajara with flight bases in Acapulco, Cuernavaca and Atizapán.

The new Airbus program will be open to young people over 18 who have graduated from high school; candidates will undergo screening tests both online and on-site. The first batch of cadets should start training in January 2019, graduating in July 2020.

Airbus said it plans similar partnerships worldwide in coming years.

Cadets will follow an integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) program built on Airbus’ standards and experience in pilot training. The manufacturer said the cadet training program aims to equip cadets with the skills and mindset required to become operationally ready pilots.
Airbus also provides a bridge course from local license to European Aviation Safety Agency license standard, allowing cadets to widen their attraction to future employers.

In its latest Global Services Forecast Airbus predicts that 540,000 new pilots will be needed over the next 20 years. With this in mind, the manufacturer has tripled its training locations worldwide in the last few years. 

Alan Dron