SAA develops a training programme for cadet pilots

2014-03-05 15:53

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Cape Town - South African Airways (SAA) is investigating the possibility of utilising the in-flight relief pilot programme as a direct and meaningful contribution towards the development of future pilots for the airline industry. This is in line with the strategic objectives of the airline’s new long-term strategy, Gaining Altitude. The strategy requires SAA, among other things, to contribute towards skills development.

Suggestions made that the introduction of this programme means lowering of standards are both reckless and spurious.

The programme aims to assist entrants to the airline’s Cadet Pilot Training Programme who have successfully completed the initial training. This will assist in them receiving more in-house training.

What the programme entails:

By providing in-house training, cadets will be familiarising themselves with the environment as early as possible during their development with the SAA culture and philosophy.   Once enrolled in this programme, they will serve as In-flight relief pilots or Second Officers only on long-haul flights.

In-flight relief pilots will be deployed on long-haul flights where they will get exposure in certain areas. They will be expected to meet the high standards required by the SAA Training department and will be continuously subjected to rigorous development and assessment. It will take them approximately three years before they could start training as First Officers on the airline’s narrow body aircraft.

Following suggestions made that the introduction of this programme will lower the SAA standards are not true as the minimum requirements to become a First Officer with the SAA will not change.

For those interested in applying for positions with SAA as First Officers, the minimum requirements remain 1 500 flying hours and a Commercial Pilot’s Licence. In addition, a candidate must have operated a twin-engined aircraft for at least 200 hours.

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