Airbus, FlightSafety International’s U.S. Partnership to Help Address Future Commercial Pilot Shortage

The Airbus Training Center (ATC) in Miami, Florida has signed a three-year agreement with FlightSafety International to provide an integrated, “ab-initio” training solution to airline customers and aspiring pilots at FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. This agreement will help address the worldwide demand for new pilots. Courses and programs offered through the Airbus/FlightSafety cooperation will encompass First Officer, Multi-Crew Pilot (MPL) and specifically in North America Airline Transport Pilot-Certified Training Program (ATP-CTP).

FlightSafety and Airbus will offer candidates the opportunity to be trained in Florida, from no prior flight time all the way to a qualified A320 first officer.  FlightSafety will train candidates to be qualified pilots, while Airbus will train them to be qualified as pilots on Airbus equipment.

“We are pleased that Airbus has selected FlightSafety Academy as their premier ab-initio training partner,” said Daniel MacLellan, Vice President Operations, FlightSafety International.  “This collaboration with Airbus provides airlines with a total training solution designed to meet their future training requirements. FlightSafety Academy has provided the highest quality training to airlines around the world for over 48 years.”

“The world’s airlines already are feeling the effects of a shortage of qualified pilots,” commented Joe Houghton, Head of Flight Training at Airbus’ Training Center in Miami.  “The ability of our customers to continue growing is dependent on providing a steady stream of well-trained, qualified airline pilots.  This partnership will be one means of meeting this requirement.  Airbus’ role will be to complement FlightSafety’s initial pilot-training program and teach the specific requirements of the Airbus platform.”

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Airbus’ Miami training center is one of five Airbus facilities around the world providing training for Airbus customers’ flight and cabin crew, as well as maintenance personnel. The custom-designed, 110,000-square-foot complex has a total of six full-flight simulators, as well as cabin door and slide trainers, state-of-the-art computer-based training classrooms and six flight training devices simulating the A320, A330 and A340 aircraft. Approximately 2,000 trainees from Airbus airline operators in the U.S., Canada and Latin America take courses annually in Miami under the direction of 70 Airbus employees.

Airbus Website

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop casts doubt on Prime Minister’s ‘stop-the-boats’ policy for European nations

April 23, 2015 – 6:12AM

Nick Miller

Europe Correspondent

'I'm very conscious of the fact that the geographic circumstances are very different between Europe and Australia' ... Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at a press conference in Berlin, Germany.

‘I’m very conscious of the fact that the geographic circumstances are very different between Europe and Australia’ … Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at a press conference in Berlin, Germany. Photo: AP

London: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has stopped short of recommending an Australian-style refugee policy for Europe, saying it “might not work” for them.

Ms Bishop was speaking in Germany on Wednesday after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The refugee crisis in the Mediterranean has resulted in up to 1300 migrants drowning over the past week, en route from northern Africa.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and Julie Bishop, left, shake hands after a joint press conference as part of their meeting in Berlin, Germany.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and Julie Bishop, left, shake hands after a joint press conference as part of their meeting in Berlin, Germany. Photo: AP

It is estimated up to half a million more could attempt the sea crossing this summer, in boats that are usually horrifically overcrowded, and often unstable.

Europe’s leaders are meeting this week in Brussels to announce their response, which is expected to be a beefed-up search and rescue operation.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott suggested on Tuesday that: “The only way you can stop the deaths is in fact to stop the boats. That’s why it is so urgent that the countries of Europe adopt very strong policies that will end the people smuggling trade across the Mediterranean.”

Ms Bishop was asked at the Berlin press conference what Europe could learn from the Australian model.

“I’m very conscious of the fact that the geographic circumstances are very different between Europe and Australia and I’m very conscious of the fact that what works in one circumstance may or may not work in another,” Ms Bishop said.

“Our PM has offered up the experience of Australia for others to consider, but it is for the governments and regions to make their own decisions as to what they believe will work to resolve these issues.”

Ms Bishop said Australia’s “resolute position” was that refugees who pay people smugglers to bring them to Australia would not be resettled in Australia, nor have their asylum claims considered in Australia.

“It has, as a result, dismantled the people smugglers trade in our region,” she said. “As a result of the policies we’ve taken, there have been no boats come to Australia since January of 2014, no deaths at sea as a result. So we believe that the approach that we have taken has worked for us.”

Ms Bishop said Australia stood by its humanitarian obligation to save people from drowning, and its constitutional obligation to give people the opportunity to seek asylum.


The Sydney Morning Herald

Extra security for Queensland Anzac Day services

April 23, 2015 – 12:00AM

Amy Remeikis

Queensland state political reporter

There will be a greater police presence at key Queensland shrines on Anzac Day.

There will be a greater police presence at key Queensland shrines on Anzac Day. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

Security will be ramped up across Queensland for Anzac Day services, with police planning additional patrols across key shrines.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said while there was no terror threat authorities were aware of in Queensland, it had been decided an additional police presence was necessary.

Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said extra security had been planned as a precaution “to support a peaceful outcome for everyone who attends”.

“This is largely due to the change in National Security Alert Levels last year, and the significance of this year’s Centenary Anzac Day event,” he said in a statement.

Australian Federal Police foiled an alleged plot to attack a Melbourne Anzac commemoration event last week.

Ms Palaszczuk encouraged Queenslanders to attend their local ceremony to pay homage to the nation’s service men and women.

“Let me re-assure Queenslanders there is no terror threat here in Queensland,” she said.

“Having said that, there will be an increased police presence on the day, but I want to encourage all Queenslanders to show your support on Anzac Day, stand up for the ideals that people have fought for, and show your support to commemorate the 100 anniversary of Anzac Day.”

Meanwhile, CEO of the National Retail Association Trevor Evans advised retailers to shut up shop.

“Trading hours can be very confusing for retailers, but everyone should be very clear that Anzac Day is a no go,” he said.

“There are fines for those do open before 1pm but regardless of the laws that apply, Anzac Day is a very special day. It has cultural significance and everyone should understand that a majority of shops will be shut.”

Under legislation, factories and stores are required to close on April 25, barring a few exceptions, including racing venues, TAB, licensed premises, essential services and, once the clock strikes 1pm, independent retail shops.

Amusement zones, such as cinemas, can open after 1.30pm.

Given the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing falls on a Saturday this year, there will be no corresponding public holiday on the Monday.


The Brisbane Times

Rosie Batty ‘horrified’ by Canberra domestic violence slayings

April 22, 2015 – 11:30PM

Megan Gorrey

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Rosie Batty is an anti-domestic violence campaigner and Australian of the Year.

Rosie Batty is an anti-domestic violence campaigner and Australian of the Year. Photo: Thom Rigney

Rosie Batty has a message for a city still reeling from the tragic deaths of two young mothers allegedly due to domestic violence: maintain the rage.

Ms Batty, who is an anti-domestic violence campaigner and Australian of the Year, said her gut reaction to the alleged murders of Tara Costigan and Sabah Al-Mdwali was horror.

They were among three domestic homicides, including the death of Neal Wilkinson, in the ACT in as many weeks earlier this year.

Just as the killings attracted widespread grief and outrage in Canberra, Ms Batty sparked a national debate on family violence after her son Luke, 11, was murdered by his father at cricket practice in Victoria in 2014.


Her dogged mission since has been to ensure communities and governments make violence prevention a key priority to protect women and children.

“I talked about the statistics last year being one woman a week being killed [by a partner],” Ms Batty said.

“What’s more horrific is now two women a week are killed.

“There has to be that horror and there has to be that anger from the community that says ‘Oh my god, how can it be that we now have two women a week dying’?”

“What is it about this ambivalence we have? It’s one woman in three who will experience domestic violence, it’s one in four children.”

Ms Batty said the deaths of Ms Costigan and Ms Al-Mdwali in particular highlighted the frightening reality that even if women were empowered to leave violent relationships, their safety often couldn’t be guaranteed.

“It also reinforces that victim-blaming mentality where we constantly critique the victim on what they do and why they didn’t leave, and where we’re not talking about the perpetrator.

“What we should be saying is, why should the woman have to leave, why should the woman have to seek protection?

“It’s a basic human right, any woman and her children should be able to live safe in their own home.”

Leaving a violent relationship could put women in a vulnerable and dangerous position and offered no guarantee the violence would stop, Ms Batty said.

“The very forms of violence are likely to be continued, whether that’s through financial abuse, whether that’s using the court system as abuse or through continued harassment or intimidation.

“If they want to kill you, which is what would have happened with Luke, you are very, very vulnerable.”

Ms Batty, who will speak at a fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT in Canberra next month, has been appointed to a national advisory board on domestic violence and spoke with politicians before the Council of Australian Governments meeting on Friday.

She welcomed the leaders’ commitment to a national domestic violence order scheme, but said there were “a hell of a lot of other things that are equally as important or perhaps more important”.

Ms Batty called on state and territory leaders to go beyond “lip service” and commit to funding, supporting, collaborating and engaging with overburdened family violence services in their jurisdiction.

She said significant changes were needed to the way perpetrators were dealt with and advocated for firm, decisive and strong intervention from the first point of contact with police.

“Without immediate and very strong response there’s no chance of ongoing change.

“The fact we allow breaches to happen, the fact we adjourn court cases until they’re so diluted and get lost, really sends a message of enabling the perpetrator to escalate his behaviour.

“There’s so much work to be done.”

Rosie Batty will speak at the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service Blue and White Gala Ball in Canberra on May 16.


The Canberra Times

Emirates wants Qantas partnership to extend to 2023

Emirates wants Qantas partnership to extend to 2023

A dual A380 flyover of Sydney to mark the launch of the alliance

Many travellers still prefer to fly via Singapore than Dubai

Clark wants to extend the QF/EK alliance by at least another five years

Emirates and Qantas want to remains BFFs

Tim Clark and Alan Joyce talk up the Emirates/Qantas alliance

More Emirates A380s for Australia? Yes please...


Emirates is keen to extend its alliance with Qantas for another five years and also wants to boost the number of its flagship Airbus A380s flying to Australia.

The historic but in some quarters controversial Qantas/Emirates partnership was forged in 2013, and saw the Flying Kangaroo end its long-standing joint venture with British Airways in favour of a five-year hook-up with the Gulf airline.

This also meant ditching Singapore for Dubai as the stop-over for flights to the UK and Europe – although according to our recent poll, 42% of Australian Business Traveller readers still prefer to break their journey in Singapore, compared to barely 11% for Dubai.

However, the Qantas/Emirates alliance put scores of European destinations – including a half-dozen in the UK – just one stop away from Emirates’ hub in Dubai.

And those flights are so full that Emirates president Tim Clark is eager to continue his relationship with the Red Roo.

“I see no reason why we won’t continue with the arrangement,” Clark told leading UAE newspaper Gulf News.

“It’s doing really well at the moment. We’re filling our aeroplanes up, they’re filling our [aeroplanes and] we’re putting a lot on their domestic network,” Clark said.

Qantas and Emirates originally petitioned the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for a ten-year partnership, but the consumer watchdog allowed only half that span.

Clark is confident that the ACCC will back a re-up of the deal for a second five years.

“As long as Alan Joyce is there and I’m here at Emirates and the Emirates team is working closely together with Qantas it will just be a continuation,” he said.

Since the alliance began in 2013 Emirates has pulled ahead of Singapore Airlines to claim number two spot on the leaderboard of Australia’s most popular international airlines after Qantas itself.

As of December 2014, Qantas and Emirates combined carried 24.7% of passengers to and from Australia – almost one in four international travellers – with Virgin Australia partner Singapore Airlines in third place at 8.6 per cent.

That continued growth, and potentially a continued partnership, could see Emirates roster more A380 superjumbos to Australian cities.

“Getting onto any of our Australian aircraft, you’ve got to be heroic to get a seat because we just don’t seem to have any,” Clarke said. “We need more A380s going to Australia.”


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