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WINGS ALLIANCE REVOLUTIONISES COMMERCIAL PILOT TRAINING

Monday, November 16, 2015
By: RAeS Careers

Trainee commercial pilots can now access a cost-effective route towards a career in aviation, following the launch of a new trade association, Wings Alliance.

Wings Alliance Members Alex Whittingham, Managing Director of Bristol Groundschool with Bruce Dickinson, Chairman of Cardiff Aviation.

WINGS ALLIANCE REVOLUTIONISES COMMERCIAL PILOT TRAINING

Trainee commercial pilots can now access a cost-effective route towards a career in aviation, following the launch of a new trade association, Wings Alliance.

The not-for-profit association comprises a variety of flight schools from across Europe and the Middle East, that each meet strict quality standards and offer modular training for potential pilots.

Trainees can choose which member school they use for different parts of their education, ensuring they receive quality and value throughout their learning.  Typically, a Wings Alliance student will receive 25 per cent more training time than is industry standard, and save 30 per cent of the usual cost.

In addition, the flexibility of the Wings Alliance training programme means it can be fitted around another job, making a career in aviation an option for a much wider demographic.

Successful graduates of the Wings Alliance programme will be recommended to partner airlines for employment opportunities, giving them a direct route to employment. 

Wings Alliance founder Alex Whittingham, who is also Managing Director of Bristol Groundschool, explains:

“This is a unique high-quality training route, the first of its kind in the world. Through our members, we can offer a real high-value, low-cost alternative for aspiring commercial pilots who are seeking a direct route to airline employment.”

Cardiff Aviation’s Chairman Bruce Dickinson, whose company was among the first to sign up to the Wings Alliance, said: “The existence of Wings Alliance will transform commercial pilot training. It is making quality training affordable and accessible for anyone with an interest in becoming a commercial pilot, which is something that will enormously benefit trainees and the aviation industry as a whole.”

He added: “Cardiff Aviation already has a strong commitment to provide quality-assured training for the next generation of pilots. Through our membership of Wings Alliance, we will be able to reach more and more people.”

A spokesperson from the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said: “BALPA supports initiatives that open up the training options for aspiring pilots. The modular route gives students the same licence as integrated programmes, but gives them flexibility because it allows them to complete sections of the course at a time and pace that suits them and their finances.”