Published on June 27th, 2018 | by FII Reader


Stobart Air partners with AFTA to Recruit New Pilots

Stobart Air, the franchise flying partner to leading airlines including Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe, has partnered with Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA), to train and recruit new pilots. Together, Stobart Air and AFTA have developed an extensive 16-month training program that involves 220 hours flight time with ongoing one-on-one mentoring from a Stobart Air pilot.

On successful conclusion of the program, the new pilots will have achieved their commercial flying licence and will gain full time employment as First Officers with the airline. Students will fly AFTA’s Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpit Cessna 172’s for the initial phase of the flight training followed by the Piper Seneca’s for the advanced phases. During the training, AFTA uses a next generation state-of-the-art simulator, based on the Boeing 737 NG.

All Stobart Air mentored students undertake a comprehensive course which involves extensive training to develop flight and navigation skills, theoretical knowledge, and aircraft performance. This includes evidence-based scenarios to enhance the student’s skills when presented with an abnormal inflight event.

The partnership was launched as the airline continues to grow and develop its route network and will ensure that Stobart Air attracts highly trained professional pilots to its team to support its growth plan. Equally, the partnership provides an opportunity for people to obtain flight training from a renowned academy and to begin a career as a pilot with one of Ireland’s leading airlines.

Stobart Air operates up to 940 flights weekly across 43 routes throughout 11 European countries from bases in Ireland and the UK.  The airline operates under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus and operates Flybe routes from London Southend Airport, and the Isle of Man.

The AFTA Fleet at Cork Airport

Graeme Buchanan, Managing Director of Stobart Air, said  “Stobart Air continues to grow and develop and we have ambition plans for the airline over the period ahead. With our €25 million-euro investment in route network expansion, fleet modernisation and pilot recruitment announced last year, we are actively consolidating our position as Europe’s leading franchise flying partner.

“AFTA is an internationally renowned training school with a clear track record in training top-class pilots. It’s important that we have a steady stream of talented and professional pilots to meet the needs of our growing network.

“We look forward to building on our relationship with them this year and into the future.”

Donal Young, Director of Flight Operations at Stobart Air, said “Stobart Air’s new partnership with AFTA will ensure our pilots receive advanced flight instruction and one-on-one mentorship from some of the industry’s best teachers.

“For aspiring pilots, this new programme is a first of its kind and presents fantastic opportunities. Stobart Air flies familiar, short-haul routes across Ireland, the UK and Europe. A career with Stobart Air means pilots can enjoy the best of both worlds—a home base here in Ireland, and the excitement of being part of a rapidly expanding, best-in-class airline.”

Mark Casey, Managing Director at AFTA, said “We are delighted to be chosen as the mentored pilot program partner for Stobart Air. AFTA has a long-standing relationship with Stobart Air and a large number of our graduates currently fly as first officers and Captains with the airline. The “Mentored Pilot Training Scheme” will give employment and career path certainty to successful applicants accepted on the Stobart Air Mentored Pilot Training program. This is a welcome industry leading initiative as it adds certainty of employment on completion of flight training.”

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