Located near Al Maktoum Airport also known as Dubai World Central, Emirates Flight Training centre has been actively imparting high-quality flying skills to its students. Centre just completed its successful three years of the inauguration and currently operates on a 1.8 km runway with an independent air traffic control facilities and a fleet of 27 training aircraft and flight simulators. The unit was inaugurated on the sidelines of the Dubai Air Show on 13 November 2017 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and since the day of its inception, it has been continuously providing training and updating its undergraduates with required skills.
Build with a capacity of accommodating around 600 students, the unit has 36 classrooms and a 350-seat auditorium, plus in-house dining facilities. Further informing on the centre, Adel Al Redha Emirates Executive Vice-President of Engineering and Operations stated that the Emirates has been continuously working and envisaging to make Dubai as an international aviation centre and this training unit has been inaugurated with a vision to fulfil the requirement of thousands and lakhs of commercial pilots in the coming future. The Academy is another example of Emirates’ leading position and commitment to the future of aviation in the UAE.
It is located on its own private airport and campus on the edge of Dubai World Central Airport, will act as the dedicated training centre for Emirates’ prestigious National Cadet Pilot Programme. Emirates’ AED500 million ($136 million) investment in the Academy has included the construction of the new facilities, a fleet of 22 Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engined primary trainers and five Embraer Phenom 100EV twin-jets for multiengine training aircraft, a maintenance hangar, simulators, and a small FBO (fixed base operation). It is planned to ramp this up to 600 students on campus, with an annual intake of around 160 to 180 a year for courses that will last up to three and a half years.
There will be two intake streams for the Academy, the first being the UAE National Cadet programme which has been for 25 years. Cadets previously used to complete their ground school training in Dubai and then continue flight training at international locations, but Emirates Flight Training Academy cadets will complete 100% of their training in Dubai. Cadets graduating successfully from the UAE National stream enter Emirates’ fleet as First Officers.
The cadets who attend these courses have to complete 1,100 hours of ground-based training and a mixed training of 315 hours flight training (130 hours of that in-flight simulators and 185 hours of actual flight) before their graduation. Apart from domestic cadets, the centre also provides training to oversees students who after completing the training programme, receive Commercial Pilot Licence, with Instrument Rating, on multi-engined aircraft, and an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL).