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Boeing launches Pilot Development Programme at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

boeing-building_medBoeing announced its entry into the ab initio training market at AirVenture Oshkosh, with a “comprehensive global training solution” that Boeing says will provide all the training a pilot needs, from basic theory through qualification as a commercial jet first officer.

A press release from Boeing explains that the the Boeing Pilot Development Programme will leveraging the experience of Boeing and Jeppesen, and is designed to provide the essential training an airline needs to help meet the rising demand for qualified pilots. The programme will take cadet pilots through initial screening, ab initio (basic classroom and flight instruction), jet bridge and type rating training at Boeing training facilities around the world to ensure an efficient, consistent and effective pipeline for airlines to secure qualified first officers.

“Approximately 533,000 new commercial airline pilots are needed to support the global fleet over the next 20 years,” said David Wright, director, Boeing Pilot Development Programme at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. “Boeing has been talking about this demand for years—the Pilot Development Programme is our answer, and an investment in the future of aviation personnel.”

Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen will provide initial screening and ab initio training through its robust training network, including a competence evaluation in Aviation English, foundational aviation knowledge and migration from practical ground and flight training to an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). Boeing and Jeppesen have also developed a jet-bridge course, providing high-performance jet theory, with fixed- and full-motion simulation—all from an airline operations perspective.

“The Boeing Pilot Development Programme brings the experience and knowledge associated with two leaders in aviation, Boeing and Jeppesen, to provide a comprehensive program designed to train operationally ready pilots,” said Wright. “But no single company can close the gap in demand. This is an industry issue, and can only be solved by innovative, industry-wide solutions.”

More information on licence type, training locations and funding as it becomes available.