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First JAA pilot training programme for UAE

Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Flight Services, has teamed with Dubai-based Emirates Aviation College, the academic wing of Emirates, to offer the first Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)-licensed pilot training program in the UAE. The first class of ab initio cadets began the 16-month programme with ground school and theory training in March 2012, as the first step toward earning an airline transport pilot license (ATPL) or a commercial pilot license with single-engine and multi-engine instrument ratings.

According to Boeing, the commercial aviation industry is facing a tremendous demand for new personnel over the next 20 years. The Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook forecasts a need for more than a million commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians. In the Middle East alone, the 20 year projection calls for 36,600 pilots and 53,000 technicians.

“It is a great pleasure for us to collaborate with Boeing and Jeppesen in introducing such a unique programme to the region,” said Dr. Ahmad Al Ali, senior vice-president, Emirates Aviation College. “We decided to launch the program to assist in meeting the future demand for highly skilled professional airline pilots. The programme, since its launch, has had an exceptional response from the market, and we are very positive that it will be very successful.”

Following completion of the 16-month pilot training program, successful Emirates Aviation College cadets will have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in a Bachelor’s of Science degree program in Aviation at the institution. www.emiratesaviationcollege.com