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VA sponsors RAeS International Flight Crew Training Conference

VA is sponsoring the Royal Aeronautical Society's 2018 International Flight Crew Training Conference, which is being held in London on 25th & 26th September. 

The 2018 International Flight Crew Training Conference will consider the opportunities provided by technology, a better understanding of human interactions and a radically new approach to training. Papers by leading experts and panel sessions will examine the change in flight crew training and assessment from being task and hours-based to being output and competency-based; a new era in pilot training.

Nigel Orme, CEO of VA: "We are delighted to be sponsoring the RAeS' prestigious IFCT Conference for the first time. VA is a forward-thinking independent ATO, and we pride ourselves on being agile and flexible to our customers' needs. This year we have pioneered the implementation of EASA's new APS MCC course, and we have ambitious plans to further expand the range of flight training courses and pilot selection services we offer to airlines."

Members of the VA team will be attending, along with some of our AirlineReady® cadets. If you are attending the conference, please come and say hello. If you would like to arrange a meeting in advance, please send an email to:

For more information on the RAeS International Flight Crew Training Conference, visit:

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%.

7 reasons why your airline application may be rejected

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So, you've made it successfully through flight training, and have a commercial pilots licence in your hand. Now it's time to start applying to airlines.

Getting your application noticed is just the first of several hurdles now standing between you and your first airline job. And it's at this stage that so many aspiring airline pilots get stuck.