Boeing has made a move to increase its position in the European pilot training market, announcing its acquisition of Peters Software, a market-leading provider of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) based training content for ab-initio pilot training.
Boeing has not divulged the terms of the agreement, but the team of 20 full-time Peters Software employees will all be joining Boeing.
Located in Cologne, Germany, Peters Software produces in curriculum and materials for commercial and private pilots operating in rapidly growing markets aligned with EASA.
“The high-quality software that Peters Software develops enhances Boeing’s customized pilot training content to meet specific needs of our customers,” said Stan Deal, senior vice president, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This acquisition allows Boeing Flight Services to offer training materials consistent with the standards set by the European Aviation Safety Agency, one of the world’s leading aviation regulatory authorities.”
According to Boeing’s latest Pilot and Technician Outlook, airlines will need 558,000 new pilots over the next 20 years to support the growth in the global fleet and Boeing has stated that this acquisition will help Boeing meet the growing global demand for qualified aviation personnel.