Increase in number of new female pilots
EasyJet is encouraging more women to take up a career as a pilot and has offered 49 new entrant female co-pilots a job this year.
In 12 months, 13% of new entrant pilots it selected were female, a number which is up from 6% in 2015 when the airline launched its Amy Johnson Flying Initiative.
EasyJet’s Head of Flight Operations, Captain David Morgan said: “Flying is a rewarding career and we want to attract the best people to fly our customers around Europe.” Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, said: “The opportunity to be at the forefront of our thriving aviation industry is one that should be available to everyone.”
Pilot films take-offs and landings to share with passengers
A British Airways pilot has decided to give people a taste of the times when nervous flyers and children were invited to see the controls in the cockpit.
Dave Wallsworth has filmed take-offs and landings at major airports to post on social media and take the unknown out of the process of flying, with permission from BA.
To record the videos, two GoPros were set up, one pointing outside and one inside the flight deck to capture the pilots.
He said: “It’s generally a very relaxed environment, which actually tends to bring out the best in people and means the job is carried out in a highly proficient manner.”
Companies partner up to improve supersonic travel plans
Boom is developing a supersonic aircraft that will cut flight times in half and they have partnered with Japan Airlines to gain further insight to develop the aircraft.
JAL is cooperating to refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience that supersonic travel will bring. The company also has the option to pre-order and purchase up to 20 Boom aircraft.
Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, said: “JAL’s passionate, visionary team offers decades of practical knowledge and wisdom on everything from the passenger experience to technical operations.”
Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines said: “Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic travel with the intent of providing more `time` to our valued passengers while emphasizing flight safety.”
Young pilot gives his views on pilot shortages
As a child, Matthew Go decided he wanted to be like the pilots he would watch whilst plane spotting with his father. He was fascinated by the aviation industry and earned his commercial pilot license and multi-instrument flight rules rating.
Now, at the age of 22, Go has been talking about his career path and the future of flying aircraft as a career. He said: “I just had to figure out and make the decision after high school that I was going to do it.”
With the world feeling the effects of a pilot shortage, it is expected that airlines will require 500,000 new pilots over the next 20 years. On that subject, he said: “The trouble is, in the long term, is that pool of decent candidates effectively going to shrink?”
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