European and USA based Pilot Training College (PTC), one of the world’s largest pilot training colleges, has won a major contract to train 120 pilots from the Bahrain based Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA), it was announced today.
The contract will see PTC train up to one hundred and twenty new commercial pilots for GAA. The first class of 12 ab-initio cadets will begin their training next month.
The signing ceremony, held during the Bahrain International Airshow at Sakhir Airbase, was attended by Tim Shattock, Chief Executive Officer, GAA and Capt. Mike Edgeworth, Chairman and CEO of Pilot Training College.
Commenting on the new training agreement, Tim Shattock, CEO of Gulf Aviation Academy, said, “GAA are very pleased to partner with PTC on this key Ab-Initio Pilot Training Programme. Ensuring that we continue to train professional airline pilots for the future is a strategic priority for the airline industry in the MENA region in particular, which is GAA’s core market.”
Mr Shattock added, “Following a very stringent assessment process; we selected Pilot Training College to be our new training partner. We were most impressed by PTC because of their professionalism and attention to detail which was apparent in their training proposal. We took great comfort in the fact that the college had already been chosen by a number of Airlines in the MENA region.”
Capt. Mike Edgeworth, Chairman and CEO of Pilot Training College, said, “Airlines have got to be very careful in how and by whom they have their pilots trained and at Pilot Training College, we set the highest of training standards for others to follow. By being the best is how we continue to win business and expand globally.
“For GAA, we will be selecting their future pilots locally in the Middle East and then assessing each person to ensure they meet the required standards. PTC’s aim is that only the highest quality candidates are chosen to progress to the training phase. We will then deliver back to GAA ‘Airline Ready Graduates’ who possess both the skills and the requisite character – an extremely important, and sometimes overlooked, ingredient in being a pilot..”