Emirates has opened a Flight Training Academy.
Located in Dubai South, the Emirates Flight
Training Academy will combine cutting-edge learning
technologies and a modern fleet of training aircraft to train
cadets with no previous knowledge of flying.
Cadets will be
trained using simulators, single and multi-engine aircraft; and
provided with theoretical knowledge of the aviation industry to
facilitate their transition into the airline business.
The Emirates Flight Training Academy was
first announced at the 2011 Dubai Airshow. Construction for the
facility started in 2015, and early this year, landside facilities
as well as the first phase of accommodation were completed.
The Emirates Flight Training Academy is a full-residential
facility spread over an area of 164,000 square metres. It includes
36 ground school classrooms, ground based simulators, a fleet of
27 training aircraft, a 1,800 metre dedicated runway with modern
navigation aids and lighting, an independent air traffic control
tower, rescue and firefighting service, and a maintenance centre.
Cadets, both male and female, will
have access to modern and individual studio accommodation in
addition to a range of comprehensive sports and leisure
facilities. The academy will be able to accommodate up to 600
cadets at one time.
Cadets progress through a training
curriculum that starts with classroom based ATPL (Airline
Transport Pilots License) training in addition to any foundation
courses that may be required including English language training.
The academy has an innovative approach to training with cadets
first learning to fly the single-engine piston Cirrus SR22 G6
aircraft and then directly progressing to the Phenom 100EV very
light jet (VLJ) aircraft. This is in variance to the regular
training convention where cadets progress from single-engine
piston aircraft to twin-engine piston aircraft before
transitioning to jet aircraft.
The academy’s approach eliminates
an additional step in cadet training and provides cadets with more
experience on jet aircraft. Cadets will graduate with a Commercial
Pilot License (CPL) on a multi-engine aircraft with Instrument
Rating, and frozen ATPL. The total course duration will vary
between 21 months and 3.5 years depending on whether cadets
require foundation courses in addition to the regular curriculum.
The academy will use a four-pronged approach for pilot
training: interactive learning for theoretical subjects in
classrooms, practical learning in the most capable training
aircraft, practical learning in advanced flight simulators, and
airline-focused line-oriented flight training.
Classrooms at the Emirates Flight Training Academy will be
equipped with the latest technology to engage cadets in the
learning process. The curriculum at the academy will be completely
paperless and cadets will learn with highly interactive digital
content delivered in purpose-designed classrooms and on personal
Emirates Flight Training Academy has also partnered with
Boeing for an integrated software system to manage cadet learning
and training flight operations. In addition, learning in the
classrooms will also be delivered using fully immersive Virtual
Reality (VR) technology to help cadets gain a deeper understanding
of the principles of flight and aircraft operation.
will also gain familiarity with flight operations and will be
trained to handle various scenarios with advanced simulators and
various ground-based training devices.
Modern Training Aircraft
The Emirates Flight Training
Academy has invested over US$ 39 million in a modern fleet of 27
training aircraft- 22 Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston aircraft
and five Embraer Phenom 100EV very light jet aircraft.
Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft will form the backbone of the academy’s
fleet. It incorporates a modern composite airframe, two large 12”
flight displays, a flight management system keypad controller and
an integrated engine indication and crew alerting system, making
it an ideal choice for ab initio pilot training. The academy has
currently taken delivery of six of the 22 aircraft.
2016, the Emirates Flight Training Academy became one of the
launch customers for the Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft when it
upgraded its previous order for five Phenom 100 E aircraft.
Phenom 100EV is an evolution of the Phenom 100 business jet which
is considered an obvious choice by airlines for preparing cadets
for multi-engine jet operations. The aircraft incorporates three
interchangeable glass displays, state-of-the-art avionics, smart
automation systems and graphical flight planning capabilities. The
first of the Academy’s Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft arrived in
Dubai earlier this month.
At the Emirates Flight Training
Academy, cadets will complete at least 1,100 hours of ground-based
training and 315 hours of flight training (including simulator
flying) using a competency based approach. This will ensure that
the training exceeds guidelines prescribed by authorities for ab
initio pilot training.
The first batch
of cadets - part of Emirates’ prestigious UAE National Cadet
training programme - have moved into the Emirates Flight Training
Cadets under the UAE National training programme would
previously complete their flight training overseas but can now
complete 100% of their training in Dubai.
cadets, the academy will begin intakes in early 2018 and
information on entry requirements, eligibility and intake dates
will be announced at
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