Emirates Flight Training Academy reaches 50 graduates, open for new admissions

EmiratesDubai-based Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) held its second graduation ceremony recently, with 25 cadets successfully completing the ATPL course – bringing the total number of cadet graduates to 50 since EFTA opened.

The ceremony was a major function with the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum attending in his role as Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline.

The cadets were cheered by their families as they took to the stage to receive their certificates, and the ceremony was also live-streamed.

The cadets have all completed 1,100 hours of ground-based training and 215 hours of flight instruction (including simulator flying) and now move on to complete their Type Rating.

Captain Abdullah Al Hammadi, Vice President Emirates Flight Training Academy said, “Today is a special day for Emirates Flight Training Academy, as we host the second graduation ceremony, and the first-ever on its grounds.

“The 25 cadets sitting before us today, are a testament to perseverance through adversity. Not only have they completed one of the toughest pilot training programmes in the world, but they have done so with utmost resilience and professionalism.”

Emirates Flight Training Academy was launched by Emirates in 2017 to qualify UAE nationals and international students to become pilots. The Academy is spread over 164,000 square metres (the area of 200 football fields), and includes 36 modern classrooms, next-generation simulators, and a fleet of 27 Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston and Embraer Phenom 100EV very light jet aircraft.

The Academy also has its own 1,800 metre dedicated runway with navigation aids and lighting, an independent air traffic control tower, rescue and firefighting service, and a maintenance centre.

Admissions are now open to interested international candidates who can apply online here.

UAE Nationals seeking careers as pilots may be selected for a fully sponsored pilot training programme.