European regional airline Flybe and Netherlands-based pilot training organisation Stella Aviation Academy have launched a new part-sponsored Multicrew Pilot Licence (MPL) programme. The MPL course, offered in partnership between Flybe and Stella Aviation Academy, is designed to produce well-trained First Officers qualified for Q400 UK and European operations. The part-sponsored programme will provide up to eight selected pilots with a financial contribution towards the training costs, a tailor-made training course, mentorship throughout the course and a conditional offer of employment as a First Officer on Flybe’s Q400 fleet in 2014.
Ian Baston, Director of Flight Operations for Flybe, said, “Flybe and Stella Aviation Academy are committed to providing future pilots the very best training, tailored for the needs of an airline pilot on a modern sophisticated aircraft flight deck. For those successful applicants that meet the high standards expected, Flybe and Stella Aviation Academy are delighted to annouce that they have agreed a financial package to support them with this great start to their careers.”
Robert Baltus, Director Pilot Provisioning of Stella Aviation Academy, said, “We are delighted to start the high quality Multicrew Pilot Licence program with Flybe. As an industry leader Flybe is unique by offering part sponsorship to would be pilots but more importantly they are in the forefront of developing the best pilot training”. He added, “The Stella Aviation Academy-Flybe MPL program has been developed with the help of the experienced Flybe training team and allows us to integrate our own experience as an FTO and TRTO to be able to offer the best airline training course available today. It feels good to be among a select group of top flight schools that are capable of offering the most up to date training in the world with such a knowledgeable partner and offer this excellent opportunity to 8 potential pilots”.
The application window will open on Saturday 14 July 2012 for five weeks only. After completing a joint Stella Aviation Academy-Flybe selection process, successful candidates will undertake the MPL course at Stella Aviation Academy’s locations in the Netherlands. After graduation they will go on to complete their Q400 type rating at the Flybe Training Academy in Exeter.
For more information, visit www.fly-for-flybe.eu (website live from 13 July 2012).