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Did You Know How close can a plane fly to another aircraft?

November 11, 2019

If you are a frequent traveller who enjoys a window seat, you might have noticed other aircraft while in air. Flying in the crowded skies over Europe or North America, it is quite common to see other aircraft whizzing past, either above or below. Have you ever wondered how close to each other can aircraft fly? The distance between two flying commercial aircraft may vary at different flight phases and at a different altitude ─ during a takeoff and landing or at cruise altitude. This vertical and horizontal aircraft separation is under control of the specific aviation regulations and may vary...

Pilot Instructor Career – Why is it Worth Choosing This Career Path?

Pilot Instructor Career – Why is it Worth Choosing This Career Path?

November 5, 2019

290,000 is the number of currently active pilots worldwide, according to one report on statista.com. Boeing forecasts that more than 804,000 new civil aviation pilots will be needed to fly and meet the market demand. However, while everybody is worried about the pilot shortage, let's take a step back. To prepare a new generation of pilots, the industry has to have a sufficient amount of professional instructors, who are currently already in high demand. So why is it worth becoming an instructor? Get paid to fly Not many people in the world can say they earn their living by pursuing their passion,...

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Future Pilot Vainius: Dreams Are Never Forgotten

August 26, 2019

The future pilot Vainius Lazauskas is a former dental hygiene specialist from Kaunas, who decided to leave this field for a career in aviation. Although he has been watching the sky since he was a child, earlier this dream of becoming a pilot seemed unrealistic, thus it was simply put aside. He started working in a perspective field of odontology, however, he has never forgotten his dream. Today Vainius is studying at aviation academy and preparing for working as a pilot. We talked to Vainius about his career twists and turns during his short break time, right after his aviation theory...

Being an MPL pilot at Avion Express

July 29, 2019

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, has recently announced the launch of MPL training program by signing the partnership agreement with BAA Training, one of the TOP 3 biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe. Today we are talking to Stasys Viltrakis, Vice President Flight Operations at Avion Express. Mr. Viltrakis will help us to get into some details regarding the requirements for an MPL candidate, find out the main values and sneak a look at the future plans of Avion Express. How was the need for MPL training born? The global airline industry is growing rapidly due to...

What it takes to become an airline pilot with MPL?

June 25, 2019

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...

MPL: How a pilot is expected to behave?

May 28, 2019

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,...

Pilot-hungry airlines struggle with global pilot shortage

May 27, 2019

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...

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

April 30, 2019

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...

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...

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...