The Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) is training the next generation of pilots who are crucial to the future of aviation. Boasting a diverse group of cadets from 23 different nationalities, including 27 women, EFTA provides world-class training to aspiring pilots.
EFTA, initially focused on training UAE nationals, now welcomes cadets from all around the world. Graduates of the academy are in high demand thanks to the academy’s rigorous recruitment process. EFTA has recently integrated three new Diamond aircraft into its training program, further enhancing the learning experience.
While most cadets are recent high school graduates, the age range varies from 17 to 26. Even Emirates cabin crew members have joined EFTA, meeting the strict eligibility criteria.
EFTA Focused on Establishing A Reliable Stream of Pilots for the Aviation Industry
Captain Abdulla Al Hammadi, Divisional Vice President Emirates Flight Training Academy, said, “EFTA is fully focused on establishing a reliable stream of pilots for the aviation industry, which has been staring at scarcity in the short to the long term, and giving aspiring cadets a visionary academy based in an iconic and one of the safest cities that is also one of the largest aviation hubs on the planet. We offer one of the most sophisticated cadet training programs, delivered by our 50+ highly skilled instructors and backed by the exceptional standards and governance set by Emirates, the world’s largest international airline. It’s inspiring to see the camaraderie and collaboration among our cadets as they graduate real-world ready with the highest levels of skills and competencies required by commercial pilots.”
Training on Three Aircraft Types
At EFTA, cadets receive training on three different aircraft types: single-engine, twin-engine, and multi-engine light jets. This comprehensive approach sets EFTA apart from other flight training academies.
EFTA will proudly showcase its Diamond DA42-VI and Cirrus SR22 aircraft at the Dubai Airshow. Instructors will be available to provide information about the academy’s fleet and cadet training program.
The demand for pilots has surged recently, with increased salaries, accelerated career paths, and a booming travel industry. However, there remains a significant gap between supply and demand. Oliver Wyman’s research estimates a shortage of 17,000 pilots, increasing to 24,000 by 2026.
Emirates established EFTA in 2017 to train UAE nationals and international students without flying experience. Graduates have the unique opportunity to undergo Emirates’ recruitment process.
EFTA boasts a modern fleet of 29 training aircraft. They include Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston, Embraer Phenom 100EV very light jet, and Diamond DA42-VI light piston twin-engine aircraft. The academy’s state-of-the-art facility covers a vast area, providing a conducive learning environment for cadets. Additionally, the campus offers fully furnished studio flats, recreational facilities, social activities, and top-notch dining options.
Cadets undergo an extensive 52-week ground school training, which includes interactive learning on state-of-the-art touchscreens. The flying phase comprises simulator training and hands-on experience with the various training aircraft.
Let’s hear from two EFTA graduates currently serving as Cadet Pilots at Emirates.
Thomas Saunders, Cadet Pilot at Emirates, Australian national, shares his experience:
“From a very young age, I’ve been fascinated by how these big machines could stay in the sky, and that has led me down the most amazing career path. Emirates Flight Training Academy is a great route to work at the best airline in the world. I also felt that an airline that has such sky-high standards and is so quality-conscious would quite naturally impart the best training and mentorship in aviation. My instincts were proved right.
“Our cadet community at EFTA is very tight-knit and collaborative. The training gets the best out of us and sets us on our way to a long, enjoyable, and successful career. The facilities and infrastructure are absolutely stunning, and everything you need is right at your doorstep.
“My first flight was the most surreal feeling. It was just me at the controls, nature at its best, the incredible Dubai landscape below me – it’s something I had only dreamed of. I advise potential cadets considering a career in aviation to keep at it, enjoy the turbulence and twists and turns as the experience builds character, and the outcome is way better than you can ever imagine!”
Jordan Engeler, Cadet Pilot at Emirates, Australian national, also shares his perspective:
“I’ve always had a deep fascination for the aviation industry and the sense of freedom it offers. The idea of being in control of a sophisticated aircraft, navigating the skies, and experiencing the world from a unique perspective was incredibly appealing to me.
“World-class training facilities, experienced and supportive instructors, and a diverse and inclusive community were the top three things I loved about EFTA. Emirates is renowned for its exceptional commitment to safety, innovation, and excellence in the aviation industry. EFTA shares these values and offers a world-class training program that aligned perfectly with my aspirations to become a highly skilled pilot. EFTA’s state-of-the-art facilities, modern fleet of aircraft, and experienced instructors made it an ideal environment for me to learn and thrive.
“The feeling of my first solo flight was extremely exhilarating. As I accelerated down the runway, there was a mix of nervousness and excitement, but as the wheels left the ground, it was like a dream come true. I could feel the aircraft responding to my inputs, and the realization that I was solely responsible for this flight was both empowering and humbling.”
EFTA continues to shape the future of aviation by producing skilled and competent pilots ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of the ever-growing aviation industry. More information on EFTA.