Redbird Flight Training Academy has tied up with Airbus to provide type-rating training to its students aspiring to become commercial pilots for the A320 aircraft. The lack of sufficient qualified pilots is a Global Issue, with steep and expensive entry requirements, many choose not to undergo the necessary training.
Airlines worldwide have teamed up with flight schools to try and secure future pilots before other airlines can. This does not help the overall shortage but does ease the airline for a short timeframe. The latest partnership between Redbird and Airbus is a bit different.
This partnership allows the smooth transition of pilots into any airline that operates the A320 family once the required amount of flight hours has been gained.
Airbus will deliver the Jet Orientation Course (JOC) and Multi-crew Cockpit Co-operation (MCC) – theory and Full Flight Simulator (FFS) sessions to students. Training will be provided by Airbus-approved instructors at the Airbus India Training Centre (AITC) in Gurugram, commencing from August 29th, 2022.
“This merged platform for quality training has been created to continue celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ wherein Redbird empowers all future aviators to attain their full potential and ensure a strong future – it is a testament to our commitment to train “Safest and the Best Pilots” for Indian aviation.”Major Manjit Rajain, Chairman, Redbird Flight Training Academy
Traditionally, pilots graduate from flight school with a Commercial Pilots License. Then they must acquire sufficient hours to go to an airline where they would earn both their Airline Transport License and a type rating for the aircraft they will be flying.
With this new program, these pilots will be able to go to an airline and only need to earn their ATP license. This will make the transition smoother for the pilots while making them more appealing to airline candidates.
“Our training centre already offers comprehensive and highly customised training programmes for pilots, maintenance crew and engineers. This partnership with Redbird is another step forward in building resilient and skilled professionals that will help address the growing demand for pilots in the region.”Edward Delahaye, Head of Customer Accounts, Airbus India and South Asia
Pilots holding a valid Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with a valid medical certificate will be eligible to enrol for the course which occurs over 60 days.
Candidates will be awarded a certificate from Airbus upon completion of the course and attain the minimum qualifications required to act as a First Officer on A320.