As the aviation world grapples with pilot shortages, Emirates Flight Training Academy’s (EFTA) third graduation ceremony held earlier today welcomed 53 new pilots trained at their world-class facility into the industry.
With the latest ceremony, EFTA celebrated crossing three major milestones, including graduating –
international cadets for the first time since the academy opened its doors for non-Emirati cadets in late 2019
the largest cohort – more than 50 cadets and double that of previous events
more than 100 cadets since its first graduation in 2020.
Located in Dubai South, the Emirates Flight Training Academy was launched by Emirates in 2017 to train UAE nationals and international students to become pilots. The Academy combines cutting-edge learning technologies and a modern fleet of 27 training aircraft to train cadets with no previous knowledge of flying. EFTA’s fleet has 22 x Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston and 5 x Embraer Phenom 100EV very light jet aircraft.
EFTA’s state-of-the-art facility, which is equal to 200 football fields, has 36 modern ground classrooms, 6 full motion flight simulators, an independent Air Traffic Control Tower, and a dedicated 1,800 m long runway.
Ground school (53 weeks): All 36 classrooms are equipped with two 86” touchscreens, running bespoke training software created for EFTA by Boeing. Cadets undergo 900 hours of training, and access the material via their own devices, which are all connected to each other, creating an interactive training environment.
Flying school (250 hours): cadets train on simulators, single-engine Cirrus and Phenom jets.
For more info, visit https://www.emiratesflighttrainingacademy.com