Spanish flight school FlyBy has opened its second pilot training base in northern Spain to help cater for a significant upsurge in new cadets – including 30 new students who have joined having been released by another flight school midway through their course.
The two-runway (1.4km and 500m) Soria Airport flight training base is about one hour from FlyBy’s main HQ at Burgos Airport, and initially will accommodate the 30 students who had completed ground school.
Flyby says its new Soria facility offers fair weather, uncongested airspace and airport facilities, and will be further upgraded in the coming months to be able to accommodate up to 60 students, including with ground school and simulator capabilities.
FlyBy has undertaken an ambitious infrastructure acquisition and upgrade programme in recent years. This year alone the platform has purchased six new trainer aircraft (four PS28 Cruisers, a Tecnam P2006T and a Super Decathlon) and an Entrol Airbus A320 simulator with PBN and MCC certification. It takes the total fleet to 19n aircraft and two simulators. In September also launched Part 147 training with a new Metroliner.
Alex Alvarez, CEO of FlyBy, said, “At FlyBy we look at the future with optimism, despite the current situation caused by the pandemic. We have no doubt that the aviation industry will bounce back, and we want to be fully prepared for it.
“Our investment plan has been strengthened for 2020 and 2021 with our facilities in Burgos being upgraded – including additional classrooms for our new Part 147 for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering training and a bigger fleet to continue supporting our growth.”