GAA signs pilot training deal with UK firm
Manama, September 1, 2009
Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA), a fully owned subsidiary of Mumtalakat Holding Company, has signed an agreement with Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) to create a brand new airline pilot training capability in Bahrain.
This partnership will ensure students are accepted onto the Cadet Pilot Training Programme, which has been designed to encourage young Bahrainis to become qualified commercial pilots, will receive the best possible tuition and support in the process of gaining the Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL).
Cadets, of which 20 have already been selected, will undertake the Ab-Initio (from the beginning) flight training at Oxford, UK and at the OAA training centres in Melbourne, Australia or Phoenix, USA. The contract also aims to set-up a ground training facility at GAA in Bahrain for the programme.
“GAA is establishing a high-quality training facility able, amongst other functions, to offer the highest standard of Ab-Initio training to student pilots embarking on an exciting new career path,” stated Ahmed Al-Rayes, board member of Mumtalakat.
“With a ground training centre in Bahrain and Ab-Initio flight training in the UK, Australia and the USA, the two training academies will be able to offer airlines in Bahrain, the region and internationally quality aviation training and services at all levels and across a range of training needs,” continued Al-Rayes.
“This new Agreement matches OAA’s overall strategy of aligning with high quality partners to further develop airline pilot training opportunities worldwide,” added Anthony Petteford, managing director of OAA’s Ab-Initio Training Division.
The Cadet Pilot Training Programme in Bahrain, which was launched earlier this year, is a joint initiative with Mumtalakat, Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), Tamkeen (Labour Fund) and is run by GAA. Between now and June 2010 the initiative aims to give 100 Bahrainis the opportunity to become commercial pilots.-TradeArabia News Service