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Abigail Withey joins the team at VA as Flight Training Advisor

VA welcomes Abigail Withey to the team in her role as Flight Training Advisor.

Abi has hands on experience with life on board the Boeing 737-800 and the A321 Neo, owing to her experience as cabin crew. With a background in sales and customer service, coupled with a strong interest in aviation, she will be helping our potential APS MCC pilots with course selection.

VA welcomes Kieron Baker as Marketing Manager

Kieron Baker joins the team at VA as Marketing Manager, a new role owing to our emphasis on growth.

Having been in marketing for many years, Kieron comes to VA with previous experience working with the likes of Amazon, Eurosport and Cambridge University Press in previous roles. Most recently, he led the marketing efforts of Europes leading Equine Hospital, and joins the team with a keen interest in supporting our ambitions to deliver further quality training to even more pilots.

VA expands fleet with new Airbus A320 simulator

VA expands fleet with new Airbus A320 simulator

VA has placed an order with Multi Pilot Simulations (MPS) for a new Airbus A320 FTD1 flight simulator, which will be delivered and installed in February 2019.

The new simulator will allow VA to offer a range of new training services to Airbus operators. It will also enable the company to increase capacity on its popular AirlineReady® APS MCC course, giving trainee pilots a choice of aircraft types.

Anthony Petteford joins VA as Investor and Executive Director

VA has announced that Anthony Petteford is joining the company as an investor shareholder and will take up the role of Executive Director.

With over 21 years of direct senior leadership experience in global aviation pilot training, Anthony joins VA with a strong pedigree in supporting further growth through innovation, quality training and outstanding customer service.

VA increases output to 200 cadets per year

VA has announced a one-third increase in capacity on its AirlineReady™ APS MCC programme, allowing the company to train 200 cadets each year. From September onwards, 8 places will be available on each of the fortnightly courses; up from 6 currently.

During the past six months, strong demand for the company's new AirlineReady™ APS MCC course has resulted in a 50% increase in student numbers compared with the same period last year. At the same time, a change in business model saw the number of students booking directly with VA increase by 300%.