According to the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the number of people traveling by air is rising worldwide and will continue to climb approximately 4.6 percent annually through 2034. They also project around 32,000 new passenger and cargo aircraft will need to be built within the next 20 years. Airbus’ main competitor, Boeing concurs, which is why both aircraft companies are stepping up production to meet increasing aircraft orders from around the globe.
Pilots will be needed to fly all these new aircraft, and of course, someone will have to train these pilots how to fly these aircraft safely and help them stay current as they advance in their career. Aviation technology has become increasing digital and complex and will continue well into the future with total system overhauls, both in the air and on the ground. The only way to keep ahead of the technology curve is to train, train, and train.
Chances Are You’ll Fly an Airbus Someday.
If you’re flying for a commercial airline or planning to make it a career, you’re probably going to spend some time flying an Airbus A320, A330 or A340. These aircraft are some of the most popular commercial aircraft and are continually being upgraded by Airbus to increase their longevity of use. In fact, Airbus spends up to 300 million euros annually investing in improvements on their short-to-long range A320 series aircraft and about 150 million euros making improvements on their wide-body A330 series aircraft. Their investment in the globe-trotting A340 is no less impressive as they are presently pushing its range to 9,000 nautical miles by 2017. The good news for Airbus pilots looking to move up to the mammoth A380 is that it uses much of the same technology as its smaller siblings.
Flight Training International Is Ready to Help.
As a leading Part 141 advanced airline pilot training school, Flight Training International is gearing up for the anticipated airline pilot training demands from around the globe. We are an FAA approved training facility which provides type-ratings for the A320, A330 and the A340. We employ over 100 current and former Part 121 airline pilots as instructors, who bring their real-world experience flying Airbus aircraft to the one-on-one individual training they provide our students.
For pilots seeking recurrency or requalification in our Airbus and Boeing specific models, we have state-of-the-art FAA approved flight simulators to return them to total proficiency.
Given the expected increase in worldwide air travel, the need for competent, proficient pilots grows every day. Many in the industry have already voiced concerns of a worldwide pilot shortage in the coming years. As older pilots retire and more airline and cargo pilot are promoted to the left seat, the need for well-trained pilots will continue to grow. Flight Training International is ready to train and keep those pilots current with the best technological tools and flight instructors in the industry.