Who offers AB Initio Training

Airbus launches “ab initio” training program for young pilots

The program will be launched in collaboration with Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM) near the Airbus Mexico Training Center. After an initial training at EAM, the flight students have the opportunity to retrain on the Airbus A320 at the Airbus Mexico Training Center.

Training according to international standards

"Airbus will use its EASA-based program to offer innovative, high-quality and cost-effective ab initio training," the company announced. “This gives Airbus customers the option of delegating pilot screening activities and recruiting competent pilots who have been trained in accordance with internationally harmonized standards. The trainee pilots will benefit from a fully integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) program that builds on Airbus' high standards and global pilot training experience. "

With the introduction of competency-based training by Airbus throughout the curriculum, the program focuses on developing the key competencies of a pilot. "International standards, which are set out in the Airbus Flight Training Reference, ensure harmonized, high-quality training," emphasizes Airbus. Airbus also offers a bridging course to obtain the EASA license.

Introduction of the program in other countries

The Mexico program is open to teenagers aged 18 and over with a high school degree. Candidates must undergo screening online and on-site. The first class in Mexico is expected to start in January 2019 and will be completed in July 2020. Airbus is planning similar partnerships for the training of pilots in other countries in the coming years.
"Airbus has been offering training courses since it was founded around 50 years ago and has always followed a comprehensive and innovative approach through its cockpit communication concept and the regular introduction of the latest technologies or learning concepts (e.g. learning by doing)," the company writes. In recent years, Airbus has tripled the number of training locations worldwide.

Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM) was founded in 1943 and trains 200 cadets per year. EAM serves Mexico's major airlines and is headquartered in Mexico City and Guadalajara with air bases in Acapulco, Cuernavaca and Atizapán. EAM operates the largest modern training fleet in the country and uses state-of-the-art simulators, including an A320 for the ab initio program.