Articles

23 Apr

Multi-Crew Pilot Licence. What Do We Know?

Aviation training is the backbone of the aviation industries. On top of it all, it has never been as diverse as it is today with aviation training institutions so eagerly encouraging young generations to pass through the door to aviation. Aspiring future pilots can opt out from multiple programmes, integrated courses, separate modules and many other options. Anything one considers to be the most suitable and affordable to get an appropriate licence and take the right place in the cockpit. No doubts, it is a difficult task to pick the right and the most efficient pathway to grow the pilot...

26 Mar

Airline creating constellation of destinations

In 2017 they flew 2.5 million of passengers, pilots entered 46, 157 block hours and made almost 16, 000 flights preliminary reaching a turnover of 131.4 million euros. Now they are looking for 30-40 pilots to join for 2018 high season. Who are they? It is a charter airline based in Riga also specializing in wet and damp lease services of their growing Airbus A320 fleet. The airline was founded in 1992 as Latcharter Airlines and became the very first airline to provide package holiday from Riga. In 2008 the company experienced rebranding. Last year it celebrated the 25th birthday, and...

26 Feb

Francesco Mercorelli: every flight is a mission

Francesco Mercorelli is a Senior First Officer for Small Planet Airlines with an estimate of 3,000 flight hours in his pocket. With a high following of 10k, he might be known to you as @italianpilot_ on Instagram, where he shares his life as a pilot and what the industry is like. As an airline pilot, he is well-aware of the misconceptions that surround the idea of being one. As he expresses – aviation is not easily earned big money. Flying an aircraft comes with major responsibilities; you’re entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people on board. No two flights are...

26 Feb

Boeing 737 MAX to make history again

When talking to future pilots someone asks which type of aircraft they are dreaming to operate, hundreds of them start laughing when saying: ‘If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going!’. Although some of them are only joking, the most stunning thing is that nearly a half of them begin their pilot career in the cockpits of the Boeing 737 family aircraft, indeed! Asking why? What is so special about the Boeing 737 family? First of all, did you know that a Boeing 737 takes off or lands every 5.5 seconds somewhere in the world. This stunning fact reveals that these Boeing aircraft...

29 Jan

Avion Express – your future employer?

When pursuing a new job, we mainly focus on ourselves – how to deliver yourself in front of a potential employer? What benefits could we bring to the company in case of employment? While it is the key approach for a successful job hunt, it is also important to understand what you are applying for. Is that the airline that you are willing to commit to and perform at your best for at least several upcoming years? Does this company have corporate traits that will be able to meet your career expectations? There is no need to ‘reinvent the wheel’,...

29 Jan

Lifelike engagement kicks-in the aviation training

Constant development is the golden key to your success regardless of the area of your activity. Therefore, when it comes to aviation training centres, innovations and technological advancements implemented into the training process are inevitable. Along with academic approach applied to training, it is crucial for it to be engaging, accessible, effective and entertaining as well. For example, training involving virtual reality technology contributes not only to a stronger student’s engagement in the learning process but also enhances the learning experience. Technology empowers students to be more creative and more connected. In aviation training, like in any other field, it...

28 Nov

Cadet assessment – (no)ordinary job interview

Recently the market has been filled with positive news for those who see themselves in a pilot seat – pilot cadet programmes have returned into the market. Probably you won’t be wrong saying that a cadet programme is the fastest and most assuring way to become a pilot. Even though it may look as an easy way, it will still be a challenging one. Surprisingly challenges will start with the first steps – cadet assessment. So actually what is it and how to perform at your best? What to expect during Cadet assessment? The main purpose of the cadet assessment does not...

28 Nov

Farhad Ahmadov: I am lucky to get into private aviation

If you are thinking what aviation career path to choose, a job of business aviation pilot must cross your mind. As you may have noticed business aviation industry is climbing rapidly, as the collective world economy returns to strong growth. Global Business Aviation Outlook of 2017 shows that 8,300 new private jets will be delivered in the next 10 years. It is almost $249 billion investment, which will result in the delivery of 830 new aircraft annually and hundreds of job vacancies for pilots. Sounds promising, right? In addition to that, flying across the world at the controls of some of...

30 Oct

What do you know about Small Planet Airlines?

Recently BAA Training has launched a cadet programme with Small Planet Airlines. It is always a huge pleasure to introduce a new partner, new potential and a new opportunity for those literally reaching for the sky. Therefore, future pilots, if you are eager to know the airline better, allow us to get you acquainted with its culture, activity and future plans. An interesting slice of history Small Planet Airlines started its operations in 2009. It is a rapidly growing independent leisure airline company operating across several continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. The company that has begun its activity with only 5 destinations on its...

25 Sep

Is pilots’ motivation really affected by the salary only?

Have you ever tried to figure out the underlying elements framing the concept of a pilot job? Six-figure salaries, limitless horizons above the head, a phenomenal way of the world acquisition are only a few of the most widely known aspects making this job extremely desirable; however, there exist plenty of extra peculiarities the occupation is wrapped up in. Thus, BAA Training held a conversation with several captains to find out their opinion on the widespread rumours concerning pilot shortage, intensifying ‘salary wars’ among airlines, and also know their professional insights regarding the ways an airline can attract a top pilot. This...