A British flying school has begun training more than 100 pilots for one of Japan's leading airlines.
A British flying school has begun training more than 100 pilots for one of Japan's leading airlines. The contract for the training scheme was worth nearly GBP1 million (2.4 million dollars). The first pupils from the airline, All Nippon Airways, have begun their course. They are being trained by Oxford Air Training School, the biggest of its kind in Europe, at Carlisle airport in the north-west of England.
Before their flying training began the students did four-week English language course covering the use of technical and aviation terms. Their initial flying training is being done in small single-engines aircraft. Later they will do conversion courses to larger aircraft. All the students will be trained to the standard of the United Kingdom commercial Pilot's licence and instrument rating.
There is an acute shortage of pilots in Japan and All Nippon Airways, as a first step toward meeting their immediate needs, last year asked Oxford Air Training School's parent company to find a number of trained commercial pilots. This was done and now the air training school is training 150 more.