The fast growing aviation sector coupled with a growing demand for 40,000 pilots in the Middle East will be catered to by the Emirates Flight Academy. This is the aim over the next two decades.
Representatives of the academy have been explaining the latest developments at Dubai Air Show. At the show, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai was explained the holographic video, which highlights the importance of training the next generation of airline pilots.
“With dramatic growth of the aviation sector, demand for new pilots is clear. Emirates is taking the lead and planning for the future. This academy is a major commitment by the airline to the UAE’s aviation industry, and it supports the global industry’s need for a new generation of pilots,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates executive vice president and chief operations officer.
The AED500 million Emirates Flight Academy is designed to accommodate up to 400 students at a time. It will initially serve as the dedicated training centre for Emirates’ National Cadet Pilot Programme, and gradually expand its cadet intake to include ab-initio pilots from other carriers. Based at Dubai World Central, the facility will have its own 1.5 kilometre runway, control tower, airport code and a fleet of training aircraft. The fully integrated academy will comprise of classrooms, student accommodation, flight simulators and flight training.
The project is expected to be completed by 2015. Around 160 graduates are expected to be produced each year.