Baltic Aviation Academy (BAA), a Type Rating Training Organization, has launched an Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator at its aviation centre in Vilnius. It is the first Airbus A320 full flight simulator in the Baltic States.
The simulator launch ceremony was attended by over 100 representatives from airlines, governmental institutions, embassies as well as journalists from Western Europe, Japan, India, Russia, and CIS countries.
The decision to relocate Airbus A320 to Vilnius (training was formerly done in Southampton) is focused on leveraging the demand of Central, Eastern European and Russian aviation markets. Pilots from neighboring countries will also be able to carry out training in Vilnius.
“Due to the current pilots’ shortage in Russia, the relocation will increase BAA‘s operated A320 training hours by 25% per year,” said Egle Vaitkeviciute, CEO at Baltic Aviation Academy.
Baltic Aviation Academy operates 17 Full Flight Simulators and the new A320 simulator is its second FFS at the headquarters in Vilnius, alongside the Boeing 737 full flight simulator installed in 2008.
The new arrival epitomises Baltic Aviation Academy’s planned growth strategy for 2011. During the first half of the year its numbers were doubled – more than 1,500 aviation specialists studied there, spending 7,000 hours in full flight simulators. Despite the economic downturn, BAA remains focused on 2009-2014 plans for investment to infrastructure development and new training programmes and acquiring new types of simulators.