Cadets land on their feet

The state-of-the-art Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) is located at Al Maktoum International–Dubai World Central Airport (DWC).

Diamond DA-42VI

One of EFTA’s three new twin-diesel engine Diamond DA-42VI trainers. Picture: Diamond Aircraft

EFTA includes 36 classrooms, next-generation CAE simulators, and a fleet of 30 Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston, twin diesel-engine Diamond DA-42VI and Embraer Phenom 100EV very light jet (VLJ) aircraft.

It also has a 1,800 metre dedicated runway with navigation aids and lighting, an independent air traffic control tower, rescue and firefighting service, and a maintenance centre.

The Academy utilizes highly interactive theoretical learning in classrooms using advanced digital content and immersive VR technology, experiential learning through hands-on instruction of modern training aircraft, the use of advanced flight simulators, and airline-focused line-oriented flight training.

EFTA has also established an innovative approach to training cadets, from learning to fly the Cirrus SR22 and DA-42 aircraft to progress to the Phenom 100EV VLJ aircraft, providing cadets with more experience on jet aircraft.

The last batch of cadets that graduated in December last year clocked in over 6,000 flying hours during their training.

Cadets at EFTA graduate with a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) on a multi-engine aircraft with instrument rating. The Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) programme is a comprehensive course that includes ground school, line-oriented flight training (LOFT), multi-crew cooperation (MCC), and single-engine and multi-engine flight training.

Over a course of two years, cadets will take part in five days of in-person and computer-based training every week, as well as self-study.

The total training duration for cadets ranges between 21 months and 24 months.

The Emirates’ sponsored national cadet pilot programme for aspiring young UAE pilots also takes place at the EFTA. The 36-75 week phase one of the cadet’s training course includes English, aviation English and aviation science courses.

Phase two takes place in Spain for 18 months and includes approximately 223 hours of flight experience. On successful completion, the cadets will receive a course completion certificate and an ATLP. The Third Phase takes place in Dubai and upon completion they will qualified to fly Emirates’ large jet aircraft.

David Oliver

David Oliver

David has been a photojournalist for more than 40 years specialising in aerospace and defence.