CAE has signed a long-term exclusive training agreement with easyJet to train 1,000 new easyJet cadet pilots on a Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) programme.

CAE will also provide Airbus A320 type-rating training and place graduates of CAE’s Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) programme with easyJet.

Selected cadets will begin MPL training with CAE in 2020 and on completion, the first graduates will join as easyJet co-pilots by the end of 2021. Aspiring pilots on the course will complete ground school classes in one of CAE’s European aviation academies.

Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president, Civil Aviation Training Solutions explained: “CAE will recruit and train more than 1,000 aspiring pilots through the launch of the new Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme, a pathway for ab-initio student pilots to develop the competencies needed to be an easyJet pilot.”

He continued: “At CAE, we train pilots better and more effectively through cadet programmes like this one, and we will continue to work with our partners to implement innovative and industry leading solutions to support the imperative need for commercial pilots in Europe and around the world.’’

The programme will feature the latest competency-based training innovations developed by CAE in collaboration with easyJet, and also embeds easyJet Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Threat and Error Management strategies. It will also be the first MPL course to include Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulation in the training devices.

“We are delighted to be partnering with CAE as our pilot training partner of choice,” said David Morgan, easyJet’s interim Chief Operating Officer. “The professionalism and skill of our pilots are in part due to our investment in training and technology, delivered by trusted partners like CAE. Safety is easyJet’s greatest priority and we are proud that our reputation for the highest standards of pilot training and safety is recognised worldwide.”

Cadets will train in glass-cockpit aircraft and will be the first trainees to conduct their training on CAE’s latest generation flight training device (FTD), the CAE 600XR. Full-flight simulation devices will be capable of addressing the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations related to Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

Those in the MPL training programme will also undergo more than three times the number of hours in an Airbus A320 simulator when compared to traditional type-rating training. CAE said this is designed to deliver “even more relevant” training for pilots transitioning from initial training to line flying.

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