Airbus Training Services provide state-of-the-art solutions to ensure safe, reliable and economically-efficient operations on all Airbus aircraft throughout their lifecycle. Airbus is on-hand to offer support every step of the way. A comprehensive and tailored training portfolio is designed and developed by Airbus for pilots, cabin crews, performance and operations engineers, maintenance personnel, and structure and repair specialists.
With the aviation sector’s anticipated requirement for 540,000 new pilots during the next two decades, Airbus initiated the Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme. Co-developed with ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile), the Airbus ab initio flight training programme was launched during the summer of 2018 and was approved by the EASA in the following months. Initial courses started in January 2019 with the first partner school in Mexico, Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM), located near the Airbus Mexico Training Centre. After completing the initial training with EAM, cadets can continue their education at the Airbus Mexico Training Centre to become fully-qualified Airbus A320 pilots. Similar partnerships are planned across the globe over the coming years.
Leveraging cross-divisional synergies, Airbus also has decided to build on the competencies of its existing flight academy to deliver its new pilot cadet training programme in Europe. The Airbus Flight Academy Europe, formerly known as Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus. Based in the southwest of France (at Angoulême), it uses Airbus standard instructors to deliver the ab initio Pilot Cadet Training Programme. The Airbus Flight Academy Europe aims to train up to 200 pilot cadets annually.
Using a modern fleet of both single and multi-engine aircraft equipped with full digital cockpit technology as well as the latest flight simulators, the training programme will provide students with the skills and mindset required to become operationally-ready pilots, focusing on the important development of key pilot technical and behavioural competences.