Airbus has opened its own flight
academy and extended its training services offering by adding “ab-initio”
to its portfolio.
The Airbus Flight Academy Europe, formerly
known as Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS), is based in Angoulême,
The academy, which aims to train up to 200 pilot
cadets annually, will use Airbus standardised instructors to
deliver the ab-initio Pilot Cadet Training programme approved by
EASA at the end of 2018, complementing the intermediate and
advanced training phases that are already available and provided
in the existing training network on 17 sites worldwide.
Using a modern fleet of both single and
multi-engine aircraft equipped with full digital
cockpit technology as well as the latest flight simulators, the
training programme will equip students with the skills and mindset
required to become “operationally-ready pilots” focusing on the
all-important development of key pilot technical and behavioural
The Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme is open
to high school graduates over 18 years old worldwide. Candidates
will undergo online and on-site screening tests before being
eligible for training which will include 750 hours of ground
school, plus 200 hours of flight training.