China’s aviation authorities have taken a major step towards increasing the number of trained pilots in the country.
The International Flight Test Institute (IFTI) in California has teamed up with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and will now start offering a series of training courses for Chinese pilots and flight engineers. The courses offered will cover all types of aircraft.
“With our… training staff and some 35 different types of aircraft and helicopters available, we look forward to a long lasting relationship providing state of the art training to CAAC personnel,” said Bill Korner, CEO of IFTI.
“We believe strongly that there is a significant, unfulfilled demand for skilled civilian test pilots and flight test engineers, and we’ve invested heavily in meeting that demand.”
Boeing predicts that Chinese airlines will need to find and train at least 100,000 new pilots over the next 20 years.