Articles

25 Jun

What it takes to become an airline pilot with MPL?

What does it take to be an airline pilot? Can an individual with as little as 18 months of pilot training become a qualified co-pilot on a relevant aircraft type, for example, Airbus A320 or Boeing B737? The answer to this question is positive. Then you might ask the following question: how could a young person achieve competencies, necessary for an airline pilot, over such a short period of time? The answer is – Multi Crew Pilot License. MPL as an Alternative Pilot Training Concept In 2006, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has developed an alternative pilot training concept, called Multi...

28 May

MPL: How a pilot is expected to behave?

It takes more than just passive listening, taking theory exams and accumulating flight hours to become a competent pilot. Therefore, the aviation industry has already started to adopt a new way of pilot training, based on the development of competencies. This is how the MPL training course was born, where a standardized set of competencies must be developed to a defined level of performance rather than just performing the tasks. What are those competencies and what is expected from a student after they have acquired their MPL licence? What is competency? Let’s start at the very beginning. According to job industry experts,...

27 May

Pilot-hungry airlines struggle with global pilot shortage

Airlines are facing an increasing pilot shortage worldwide. As a result, they are grounding the aircraft and cancelling flights around the globe. What is the real situation? IndiGo, which is India’s largest passenger airline, grounded 10 Airbus A320-neo aircraft and cancels 30 flights per day due to several reasons including pilot shortage. In addition to this, the number of cancelled domestic flights in Australia reached 10,808 last year. Flybe, European regional airline based in England, cancelled 10 flights at the beginning of April. Therefore, at the same time low-cost airline Ryanair, which operates over 1,800 routes and owns a fleet of...

30 Apr

Avion Express Cadet Programme first graduates shared their experience with the Programme and airline

At the beginning of 2019, the first two cadets finished Avion Express Cadet Programme. It is a big step in the lives of the young pilots and the company as well. Jonar Hanak and Oliver Bjurling are highly motivated and hard-working. They took the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming professional pilots and showed that it takes dedication and persistence to reach this goal. Jonar Hanak was studying Music Production in Stockholm when he unexpectedly found his passion. ”My friend had Microsoft Flight Simulator X, I started playing around with it by accident and got completely hooked,” says Jonar, who...

30 Apr

MPL – Your Fastest Way to the First Officer’s Seat

If you are an individual with an ambition of becoming an airline pilot, you might have already seen MPL abbreviation while looking for various pilot training programs. It might be a challenge to clearly understand the MPL training pathway, as it is quite a new program in aviation training market. Therefore, we are here to help you by briefly introducing the main features and requirements for the MPL program. MPL origins MPL stands for Multi-Crew Pilot Licence, which was introduced in 2006 by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as an airline-specific training program. Why airline-specific? Because this program requires a partnership of an...

30 Apr

Pilot fatigue: can you beat your body clock?

The new EASA  (European Aviation Safety Agency ) study on "Effectiveness of Flight Time Limitation (FTL)" revealed that European pilots and cabin crew are experiencing unusually high levels of fatigue. This new study comes at a time where air traffic is growing rapidly and pilots are increasingly being asked to fly up to the limits of what is legally allowed. Moreover, fatigue in Europe’s cockpits has become an every-day and growing reality. It is estimated that pilot fatigue contributes to 15-20% of all fatal air accidents related to human error. Pilot and flight crew fatigue has been a topic of...

How to Responsibly Use Social Media if You Are a Pilot
27 Mar

How to Responsibly Use Social Media if You Are a Pilot?

We all know the pilot profession is highly competitive and a pilot himself / herself is sometimes described as a movie star of an air transportation show. However, being a pilot means being visible all the time by everyone, especially on social media. It’s not a secret that many employers are now using social media to identify employees and even to screen potential recruits before deciding if they should offer them a job. Being smart about how you present yourself through social media can have a big impact on your career prospects. As well as making sure that your digital profile...

World Biggest Engine - Boeing 777X
26 Mar

Sneak Peek at World’s Biggest Engine: Already on Boeing 777X

The long-awaited public debut of Boeing 777X was scheduled for 13 March, 2019. Therefore, in view of tragic events and turbulence that Boeing has been experiencing for the past few weeks, the company decided to postpone the date of public appearance of its newest aircraft. While the aircraft is being “closed” for the public eyes, let’s take a look into what we know about the Boeing 777X. General Electric Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric, initiated the development of GE9X in 2013 when it started to look for the ways to produce even a more efficient engine to power both variants...

25 Feb

Language of the sky

The language used in the cockpit sounds technical and only aviation professionals understand it. Pilots communicate with each other and air traffic control in English, regardless of their own native language or any other languages they speak. Aviation English is in some ways a separate language compared to the one spoken on the ground. Therefore, even native English speakers have to learn it. What makes it so special? English for flight safety Aviation English has been the de facto international language of civil aviation since the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommended English to be universally used for “international aeronautical radiotelephony communications”...

Type-Rating-–-the-Holy-Grail-of-Professional-Pilot
25 Feb

Type Rating – the Holy Grail of Professional Pilot

Every aspiring pilot needs to know about type rating. Simply put, you will need to get type rated on the aircraft you are going to operate for your future employer. Probably, you already know, that training and obtaining a licence by accumulating flying hours is necessary to become a pilot. After taking these steps you can operate a single engine aircraft. However, a type rating is a must in order to operate any aircraft over 5,700 kg. So, what is a type rating? Type Rating is just like a Driving Licence for a Very Specific Car Imagine getting a driving licence for...