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Taking on more flights - and staff. Emirates will be deploying more staff as the number of flights ramp up ahead of peak end-of-year season. Image Credit: Emirates

Dubai: Emirates airline has begun inviting UAE Nationals and residents as well as international candidates to join its cadet training programme.

Graduates will have the opportunity to become pilots with the Dubai-based carrier once they pass a selection process. Emirates said that potential applicants could take advantage of “competitive” tuition fees for the two-year training period, which also covers training materials, accommodation, dining, and uniforms, among other expenses. Emiratis seeking careers as pilots may have the opportunity to be selected for a fully-sponsored pilot training programme.

"We are pleased to offer this unique opportunity for Emirates Flight Training Academy graduates to pursue their flying career at Emirates - this is an exclusive initiative launched by the airline to provide opportunities for UAE Nationals, residents and international students wanting to build their careers as pilots,” said Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer at Emirates Airline, in a statement.

The Emirates Flight Training Academy reviews applications on a continuous basis, and new students are taken in every other month. “The demand for pilots will continue to grow globally and within the region, despite the recent pause that we have seen as a result of the pandemic,” said Abdulla Al Hammadi, Vice President of the Emirates Flight Training Academy.

Located in Dubai South, the Emirates Flight Training Academy is spread over 164,000 square metres, and includes 36 classrooms and next-generation simulators. The academy also has an 1,800 metre dedicated runway with navigation aids and lighting, an independent air traffic control tower, rescue and firefighting service, and a maintenance centre.

Training process

The academy uses a four-pronged approach to train its cadets: highly interactive theoretical learning in classrooms using advanced digital content and immersive VR technology, experiential learning through hands-on instruction of modern training aircraft, use of advanced flight simulators, and airline-focused line-oriented flight training. The academy trains cadets using single-engine piston Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft to directly progressing to the Phenom 100EV very light jet (VLJ) aircraft, providing cadets with more experience on jet aircraft.

The last batch of cadets that graduated in December last clocked in over 6,000 flying hours during their training at the academy. Cadets at EFTA graduate with a commercial pilot license on a multi-engine aircraft with Instrument rating. The total training duration ranges between 21 months and 24 months.