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Aeros Flight Training & the RAF Flying Clubs’ Association Sign Partnership

Aeros Flight Training and the RAF Flying Clubs’ Association (RAFFCA) are delighted to announce the signing of a Training Alliance agreement. In a ceremony at Aeros Coventry HQ, Air Commodore Al Seymour, Chairman of RAFFCA, and Tom Dunn, CEO Aeros Flight Training, signed the agreement which launches a range of partnership activities. This includes bespoke training advice on military to commercial credits and training pathways, support to RAFFCA members progressing to CPL and higher training and access to some of Aeros specialised training assessment capabilities. In addition, the next intake of the increasingly successful RAF Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarship Scheme will receive a tour and briefing day at Aeros HQ as part of their scholarship training.

aeros-x-raffcaWing Commander Matt Lane, RAFFCA Head of Training, said “We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Aeros. Our fourteen RAFFCA training clubs are going from strength-to-strength and we have delivered a record number of first solo and licence achievements in 2016. Aeros are an absolutely first rate training organisation with excellent aircraft, staff and facilities and a management team that share our ethos and values. Having the links to a commercial training pathway is a fantastic opportunity for our clubs and members. A number of RAFFCA members are already undergoing commercial level training with Aeros and we look forward to seeing many more go on to post PPL success’.

Managing Director Nick Dunn said “Aeros have been a very longstanding provider of flight training to Armed Forces staff, principally converting military pilots to civilian commercial airline pilots. This has been in partnership with ELCAS who help to fund lifelong learning.

We now look forward to providing support and advice to RAFFCA’s members as they progress through their commercial training.

Aeros is the UK’s leading supplier of modular flight training courses. This allows students the flexibility to train at times they choose (seven days a week) and, with five EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) approved locations, in many cases near to their homes.

We are delighted to be part of this new arrangement and pleased that the RAFFCA have shown confidence in our courses and our reputation.”aeros-raffca-2

More information on Aeros Flight Training can be found at www.aeros.co.uk and RAFFCA at www.raf.mod.uk/rafflyingclubs/ and www.jrfly.co.uk.

 

Benefits of Being A Short Haul Commercial Pilot

Becoming a pilot opens your world up to various opportunities. A lot of people are unaware that there are lots of different jobs you can go for. Even the most typical of all pilot jobs, a commercial pilot, has subcategories. You can either be a short-haul pilot, or a long haul one.

Today, the focus will be on that first option; short haul pilots. What are the benefits of becoming one?

Short Flights Are Less Tiring

Cockpit-viewThe obvious benefit of being a short-haul pilot is that you don’t have to deal with lengthy flights. Flying around the world for ten hours can be very draining and tiring. But, short-haul flights last up to three hours, which is more than manageable. You get to have regular breaks and compose yourself before your next flight. Being in the air for more than three hours a day can be mentally difficult.

Multiple Flights Per Day

The fact that flights are so short also means that you get to have multiple flights a day. You can do anywhere between two or six flights, depending on how long they are. The benefit of this is that you get to see plenty of new places. It can be exciting getting to fly all over the place in one day.

Stable Working Pattern

iStock_000061375696_SmallMany pilots believe that the short-haul working pattern is more stable than the long-haul one. You get allocated your shifts and can plan your weeks in advance. A typical pattern will grant you three or four days off per week. So, there’s plenty of time for you to rest and have a social life too. Long-haul pilots have a more demanding job, and their life is more consumed by flying than yours would be. Plus, as a short-haul pilot, there’s more chance you’ll make it home for the night. Unless complications and delays occur, your final flight takes you back to your home airport. You’ll certainly do fewer overnight stays than long-haul pilots.

Well-Paid Job

Being a short-haul pilot means you’re going into a job that’s very well paid. At the lowest end of the scale, you’re looking at an annual wage of £30,000. The more experience you get, the more you stand to earn. Some short-haul commercial pilots are earning way above the national average wage.

Can Work Your Way Up The Ladder

There’s plenty of room for you to improve and become a better pilot with this job. Short-haul pilots can move up the career ladder and become captains with those top salaries. It’s better than a lot of pilot jobs where you don’t have a lot of room to advance in your career.

The life of a pilot can be very exciting and rewarding. Most commercial airlines will give you great benefit packages too. This includes discounts on flight tickets and plenty of holiday allowances. There are plenty of positives about being a short haul pilot; many people prefer it to flying long haul. It’s a great job to help you get started in your career as a pilot; that’s for sure.

A Productive Rant About Commercial Flight Training

At some point, almost everybody has dreamed of flying. And thanks to the Wright brothers’ unlocking of the secrets of flight, this is something that all of us can now do. But, of course, some significant safeguards prevent just anyone from piloting an aircraft.

The biggest safeguard is, of course, flight training. Training for a private pilot license is essentially analogous to the training for a driver’s license. It’s what demonstrates that a person is capable of being in command of an aircraft safely. Thus, it’s critical to get it right.

At the moment, however, we see the rise of so-called two-week or 10-day courses. These are targeted at people who are in a rush to get their license. They’re sold as a way to get people flying their own aircraft as fast as possible. And the courses usually consist of eight or more hours of training each day over the specified period. Many of these courses appear to offer budding pilots everything that they could possibly want. They cover all the relevant training material, how planes work and flight controls. And they sell the courses as demanding, accelerated training, almost like it’s a rite of passage.

What’s more, the law isn’t against these sorts of practices. The International Civil Aviation Authority says that pilots need at least 40 hours of training outside of Europe and 45 hours inside. And so many fast-track license trainers manage to scrape this quota by packing more hours into the day.

However, these types of fast-track courses are a bad idea for many reasons. For a start, it takes a long time for any pilot to become confident with the complexities of aviation. Flying an aircraft isn’t like driving a car. It’s an order of magnitude harder to do. And so cramming all the training into just two weeks is too intense. There are too many different controls, flight checks and protocols to learn. People don’t learn well when all their training is pushed into just a few days. They need time for what they’ve learnt to sink in.

But accelerated training also means that it’s more likely that pilots will make mistakes. People learn things best by repetition, repetition, repetition. Under normal circumstances, a pilot would get their license after repeating moves hundreds of times over a course of months. But under an accelerated course, they will only get to try different manoeuvres perhaps on one or two days. Sure, that might be good enough to shoehorn them through the license exam. But there are serious doubts as to whether such an approach is actually safe.

At Aeros, we take safety and training very seriously. That’s why we do training for 45 hours at a minimum. The safety of the pilot, their passengers and the public should be the top priority of any flight training school.

There might be other forms of training out there. But they are never going to be as safe as training from a bonafide flight school, built on principles stretching back decades.

Josh Ward