November 14, 2017: The much awaited Emirates Flight Training Academy having state-of-the-art facility for training ab initio pilots was recently launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
According to sources, the academy is equipped with a modern fleet of 27 training aircraft-22 Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston aircraft and five Embraer Phenom 100EV light jet aircrafts.
Sheikh Ahmed, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline said: “The academy is designed to be one of the most advanced flight training facilities not just in the Middle East region, but across the globe. It’s the only global academy to provide complete integration of flight training, ground school, accommodation and recreation under one roof. Students will not only get the best training, but will be able to enjoy comfortable living standards while undergoing training. The academy will set new benchmark for next-generation pilot training relying on innovation and partnering with industry training organisations, thereby strengthening Dubai’s position as a global hub for aviation.”
Located in Dubai South, Emirates has invested over $39 million to build the academy with an aim to qualify UAE nationals and international students. The investment in the facility underscores Emirates’ commitment, as a global leader in aviation to put in place modern infrastructure to help develop career-ready pilots for Emirates and the broader aviation industry.
“The academy will train pilots for the airline industry’s future requirements, particularly for Emirates. It will combine cutting-edge learning technologies and a modern fleet of training aircraft to tutor cadets with no previous knowledge of flying. Cadets will be coached using simulators, single and multi-engine aircraft, and provided with theoretical knowledge of the aviation industry to facilitate their transition into the airline business,” said Ahmed.
The flight training academy provides a full-residential facility spread over an area of 164,000 square metres. It comprises 36 ground school classrooms, ground based simulators, a fleet of 27 training aircraft, 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 admitted into the programme would have access to modern and individual studio accommodation in addition to a range of comprehensive sports and leisure facilities.