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AIR Convention launches Digital Week to assist aviation businesses
Published: 2020-05-13

In the context of the global pandemic, AIR Convention is taking a path of adaptation to a digital reality. Next month, the conference is launching a new project – AIR Convention Digital Week. 

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One of the world's top aviation hubs expands with new services
Published: 2019-10-02

After several years of working separately, multiple aviation events, recruitment and news services are joining together under AeroTime Hub umbrella to form one of the largest aviation digital hub currently in the world.

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Aviation Industry Awards Europe 2019 announced the winners
Published: 2019-09-19

AIR Convention Europe 2019, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, has announced the winners of the bi-annual commercial aviation industry competition – Aviation Industry Awards.

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AIR Convention Europe 2019 begins, gathers around 700 aviation leaders in Lithuania
Published: 2019-09-18

On September 17th, more than 700 aviation industry experts arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania to start the new session of talks about the present and future of the global commercial aviation market. The second AIR Convention Europe has officially started.

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The excitement for flying starts from the ground up
Published: 2019-07-18

New routes, airline developments, brand-new planes and breaking records: aviation always has captivating news to offer. However, aviation media is not immune to the tectonic shifts that impact all news providers. Worldwide tendencies show that only 42% of people now trust the news providers they use themselves*. The ever-increasing flow of information makes it hard to understand which news are to make an impact and which developments will determine the way we will fly in the future. Thus, innovation, passion for aviation and industry expertise is playing an increasingly important role in today’s aviation news media.

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AIR Convention Asia 2019 is officially on, Aviation Industry Awards winners revealed
Published: 2019-05-06

Commercial aviation forum AIR Convention Asia launched in Bangkok, Thailand on May 1, 2019. Inviting hundreds of aviation professionals, decision-makers and influential companies, the event is the biggest commercial aviation forum held in the country.

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Aviation giants square off at the Aviation Industry Awards Asia
Published: 2019-04-12

AIR Convention’s Annual Aviation Industry Awards are back for 2019 prompting aviation industry giants to go up against each other once again. Last year big names like Airbus, Lufthansa, Norwegian and Changi beat out the competition in Aircraft Manufacturer, FSC, LCC and Airport categories.

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AIR Convention Asia brings aviation industry giants to Bangkok
Published: 2019-03-07

Two years ago Thailand’s capital Bangkok became the most visited city in the world, overtaking destinations like Paris and London. Tourism is thriving in the country accounting for 22% of its GDP in 2018 and Thailand is expecting a record 41.1 million foreign tourists in 2019. Unsurprisingly, air travel companies are taking note. Bangkok is becoming one of the top attractions for aviation industry giants and new government initiatives are utilizing flourishing economy to make Thailand a technology and aerospace hub of the future. 

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Humans need not apply: robots are taking over airports
Published: 2019-01-30

Just a decade back a fully automated airport with no staff seemed something out of a science fiction movie. Today it is a reality. From Glasgow Airport’s trial with GLAdys, Shenzhen Airport’s operating security robot Anbot to the fully automated Changi’s Terminal 4 − the industry seems to be moving towards a completely seamless experience for passengers. Starting with biometrics and ending with customer service robots, what does the airport of the future look like and do humans need not apply?

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Airlines go bankrupt: will you make it home for Holidays?
Published: 2018-12-21

The past year has not been easy for European airlines – Air Berlin, Primera Air, SkyWork, Cobalt Air, Monarch and Small Planet Airlines, VLM Airlines Brussels all shut down. Meanwhile WOW Air’s acquisition by Icelandair Group fell through leaving the transatlantic carrier to fend for itself after reporting a 36% profit drop in its third quarter 2018 financial results. And although the carrier is now looking at a $75 million investment from Indigo Partners, the fact remains that more airlines are at risk this coming year.

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Airlines go high tech: personal layouts of air travel in Asia
Published: 2018-11-28

Almost every sector of global commerce is acquiring a more personalized focus and aviation industry is no exception. Gaining data about existing customer preferences to offer more tailor-made options is one of the top items on commercial aviation agenda now. Here, Asian aviation market is actively exploring the opportunities offered by personalization. 

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Airport you don’t want to leave: Changi adds Aviation Industry Award to its list
Published: 2018-11-06

Even rushing passengers do not mind getting lost, if it is among petal clouds, dancing raindrops, flower gardens... Or, generally speaking − in Singapore Changi Airport. Known as a destination in its own right, Changi is recognized in Aviation Industry Awards 2018 as the No.1 airport in the world, and here is why:

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How to manage booming capacity – Asian aviation case
Published: 2018-10-29

Asia is one of the most important aviation markets as it undoubtedly ascending. The number of air passengers in Asia keeps continuously growing, concurrently driving global air traffic. Aggregate factors, implicating fast economic development, liberalization of the market, growing middle class and bigger salaries – all largely contribute to the significant growth of air traffic in the region, making it highly compelling. The expansion of low cost market in the region also attributes to industry development.

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The dark side of aviation growth to be tackled in Asia and Europe
Published: 2018-10-22

Despite a generally healthy condition of global aviation industry and its stable growth during last decade, challenging issues like growing fuel prices, raising competition among airlines and shrinking profit margins lie on the other side of the shield. To examine specifics of changing aviation markets AIR Convention is launching two events in 2019, seizing Asia and Europe, with high hopes to tackle hot-button topics of the industry.

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Norwegian named Low-Cost Airline of the year at Annual Aviation Industry Awards 2018
Published: 2018-10-10

Norwegian, the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe, has been named the Low-Cost Carrier of the year at the Annual Aviation Industry Awards, VIP initiative of AIR Convention Aviation Forum, which took place on September 26th, 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

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Pilot Career Show Brussels: complex initiative to meet ever-greater demand for pilots
Published: 2018-08-20

The issue of global pilot shortage is starting to aggravate the aviation industry. Pilot strikes calling for improved working conditions is its latest representation. The core problems of the issue touch upon many related fields, particularly regarding pilot training, given that the number of graduate students is not able to meet the yearly demand in every region equally, including in Europe. 

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Five Ways Airlines of North America are Dealing with Empty Cockpits
Published: 2018-07-23

The looming dearth of pilots threatening global aviation is no news, however, the ratio it affects airlines differs from region to region, and so do subsequent measures taken to curb the shortage. Lack of pilots in North America is currently having the most negative impact on smaller regional airlines and Air Force. The scope of the problem is about to get enormous, though: North America takes the third position in the list of regions where the magnitude of the problem is the highest, trailing behind only Europe and Asia-Pacific. 

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Square up to the biggest aviation challenges: best initiatives of 2018
Published: 2018-07-03

Despite a steady growth in passenger and cargo numbers ever since 2010, aviation industry is bracing for potential turmoil ahead. Geopolitical instability, increasing fuel costs, uneven distribution of profits within the sector, thin net profit margins and pilot shortage - all threaten to shake up the industry. The upcoming Annual Aviation Industry Awards aim to recognize companies and initiatives taking up upon themselves to safeguard against the possible threats, awarding the best aviation players within ten categories. 

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AIR Convention bringing aviation industry giants to the Center of Europe
Published: 2018-06-21

When looking to discover new ideas, networking or just landing a big business deal, industry conferences seem like the best bet, especially in aviation, where most deals are done face-to-face. That’s where AIR Convention 2018 comes in. The international Aviation Industry Review conference, exhibition and awards, taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 26-27th 2018, is specifically designed to optimize networking opportunities over the two days span.

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AviationCV.com: hard lessons of the lack of pilot’s personality assessment
Published: 2018-05-23

When it comes to finding the right pilot to fly commercial aircraft, experience in the cockpit is not enough. While aviators are now required to have at least 500 flight hours under the belt, not to mention work history and other documents, airlines are now looking for what is the best fit to their company – personality.

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Pilot Career Show – a new way to land a job as a pilot in a day
Published: 2018-04-27

Despite growing concerns over pilot shortage in global commercial aviation, kick-starting one‘s career as a professional aviator still poses its difficulties. Aside from the ever increasing requirements, training costs and strict regulation, landing a job in aviation is also time-consuming.  But a new type of pilot career fair – Pilot Career Show – is here to change that.

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New model of aviation job fair – Pilot Career Show
Published: 2018-04-19

Pilot Career Show, taking place in Amsterdam on May 10th, 2018, will bring together leading airlines and pilot schools to provide career opportunities for experienced pilots and aspiring flyers. 

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Want a top-notch web sales? Take advice from aviation start-up
Published: 2018-04-12

The millions of media channels available online mean a fierce competition for online-marketers, forcing them to fight tooth and nail to attract clients and land big advertising deals. Even in niche sectors, boosting web sales is just as difficult. And while there is no magic formula on how to go big overnight, there are a few basic steps to make your media sales go through the roof, as an aviation start-up can prove.

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The perks of smaller airlines for kick-start of pilot’s career
Published: 2018-04-03

Many in the aviation sector have at some point encountered operational disruption, as a result of the growing pilot shortage. Just this year airlines like Norwegian, Ryanair and Hong Kong Express had to cancel flights due to scarcity of pilots. As the increasing demand for air travel is only making the situation, worse, major airlines are now turning to aspiring pilots with zero flight hours in the bag. Industry giants like EasyJet, Aer Lingus or British Airways are luring young pilots with new career opportunities, but aviation-training professionals encourage the beginners to take smaller carriers in consideration, as they also have their fringe benefits. 

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Meeting halfway: lack of pilots or lack of (good) employers?
Published: 2018-03-09

Pilot shortage is a boogeyman that haunts aviation industry. It is real, it is increasing and it is becoming difficult to ignore. But among the many solutions currently on the table, what is lacking attention is, perhaps, the simplest one: improving communication between airlines and pilots and providing new ways for the two sides to meet each other.

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Aviation in Eastern Europe – Lithuanian start-up surpasses Ryanair’s numbers
Published: 2017-12-22

At first glance, aviation industry in Eastern Europe may seem quite miniscule, however over the past few years this sector in the region experienced a significant growth spurt with some companies from countries like Lithuania now competing with industry giants. Just in a few years, recently founded Lithuanian company AviationCV.com providing aviation personnel recruitment solutions became the biggest free online aviation job board in the world.

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AviationCV.com: Bali Volcano - flight cancelations disastrous for airlines
Published: 2017-11-30

Hundreds of flights have been canceled and Bali international airport was shut down due to Volcano eruption in Bali. So far over 400 flights were cancelled stranding 59 000 travelers since the Bali's Ngurah Rai airport - also known as Denpasar International airport - closure on Monday because of falling volcanic ash. After reviewing the situation, the local government has reopened the airport on Wednesday; however, the authorities still warn that a major eruption of the volcano can occur anywhere between a few hours to a few days. The shut down has already caused a ripple effect throughout Indonesia with delays in other airports over connecting flights.

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Middle East – still one of the most desirable destinations for pilots
Published: 2017-11-29

Despite instability in the region, fluctuating oil prices and unpredictable politics, the Gulf region is still one of the most attractive destinations for aviation specialists. With the recent news of laptop bans, visa restrictions, a slowdown of the oil industry in the Middle East it may seem that the aviation industry in this region is stagnating. However, Dubai remains one of the top players in the industry and still attracts a significant amount of qualified specialists.

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AviationCV.com reveals plans to launch state-of-the-art Check-Pilot platform
Published: 2017-10-25

Every year airlines worldwide spend millions on hiring the best HR professionals in order to source the best aviation specialists. Still, having top people on deck in the HR department does not automatically guarantee the best people in the cockpit. Neither do the pricey hours spent on document verification, resumes and background checks. Luckily, Aviation.CV.com has come up with an innovative solution which will revolutionize the process of recruiting pilots – a new Check-Pilot platform containing extensive information on pilots’ career development.

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Golden age of pilots – six-figure salary and global opportunities
Published: 2017-08-01

Airlines across the globe have gotten themselves in real age crisis. On one hand, the industry needs new pilots (close to 600 every week to be exact), on the other – current captains and PiCs are going gray. British Airways alone are expecting to have over 250 retirements in the next 4 years and US carriers will lose over 15 000 65+ professionals in 5 years. A real pickle for airlines which translates into a true wonderland for those seeking career opportunities. But is everyone willing to pay the price?

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Destination Singapore – growing aviation hub open for expats
Published: 2017-04-04

Frequently named as the global transport hub of Asia Pacific’s region, Singapore is home for the 6th busiest airport worldwide and most intense air cargo hub in Asia. Moreover, the country has recently attracted attention of aviation specialists as one of the best places to relocate for not only high-level career opportunities, but also luxurious living standards, well-developed family policies and perfect connectivity to travel around stunning vacation locations of Indian and Pacific Ocean. 

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Cutting jobs in aviation might actually mean new opportunities for pilots
Published: 2017-02-28

The future of aviation seems to be filled with optimism, as we consider our merry 10 years-worth of order backlog at Boeing and Airbus. However, the present might be a little darker, with the situation in the industry after the end of 2016 predicting – and already producing – cuts in many areas. But rather than being a curse, it might actually be a blessing for pilots looking for greater opportunities.

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AviationCV.com becomes the world’s largest aviation jobs portal
Published: 2017-02-09

AviationCV.com, a global provider of aviation specialists’ resourcing solutions, has become the world’s largest job platform for pilots, engineers and other aviation professionals. The platform’s monthly audience exceeded 350 000 visitors.

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Employer marketing via social media: how to win pilots in 2017
Published: 2017-01-11

2016 weren’t easy for airlines around the globe that continue to struggle with ways of finding pilots to fill cockpit seats. 2017 is expected to be an even more pressing year, as Boeing, Airbus and other manufacturers keep accelerating their production, while the already small pool of qualified FOs and PICs grows at a significantly slower pace. As a result, the shortage of pilots puts airlines in a position of headhunting in a desert, where aggressive hiring bonuses don’t give the anticipated outcome and companies are forced to look for options outside the box and in social media.  

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AviationCV.com to become world’s largest aviation jobs portal
Published: 2016-05-17

For the third year in a row AviationCV.com, a global provider of aviation specialist resourcing solutions, has announced recording double growth in terms of unique users visiting the website in search of jobs. Each month the platform welcomes almost 300 000 visitors. By 2017 it is expected to exceed 350 000 monthly visits making AviationCV.com the largest aviation jobs portal in the market.

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Pilots looking for jobs in Hong Kong: is it worth it?
Published: 2016-04-27

While Cathay Pacific is about to welcome its first Airbus A350 (scheduled for May), other Hong Kong-based carriers are also anticipating the expansion of their fleets with dozens of new aircraft to arrive in the upcoming several years. But unfortunately, local carriers are facing the danger of ending up with too many aircraft and too few pilots to fly them. To address the issue, they are already sending out their headhunters to various locations around the world. With that in mind, AviationCV.com looks into the work & living conditions for expat pilots in Hong Kong. 

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Breaking the bubble – innovative marketing in the conservative aviation industry
Published: 2016-03-25

For quite some time now aviation hasn’t left the list of top 50 most technologically advanced sectors (acc. to Brookings Institution). However, the majority of aviation companies (with only a few obvious exceptions) still fall vastly behind most IT companies in terms of progress in the areas of brand image and attractiveness. Trying to break the bewitched cycle are the aviation personnel resourcing specialists, who seem to have found the right password to more effective IT as well as marketing tools. And their efforts are already bearing results.

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AviationCV.com to recruit new Airbus A320 pilots for Small Planet Airlines
Published: 2016-03-01

AviationCV.com, a global provider of aviation specialist resourcing solutions, is continuing the successful cooperation with one of the fastest growing leisure carriers in Europe – Small Planet Airlines. The airline has once again entrusted the HR solutions provider with the processes of screening and recruiting the Airbus A320 cockpit crew for the 2016 summer season. 

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AviationCV.com to support fastjet with Airbus A320 family pilots
Published: 2016-02-15

AviationCV.com, a global provider of aviation specialist resourcing solutions for aviation industry players, is further extending its presence in the emerging regions by signing a pilot supply agreement with the African low cost carrier fastjet. Under the agreement, AviationCV.com shall support airline’s operations with Airbus A320 family cockpit crew solutions.

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Taiwan is poised for aviation growth – now it’s your turn to seize the opportunity
Published: 2016-01-05

It seems like Taiwan, a small 36 000 sq. km. island, is set to become the newest star in the aviation world of the Northeast Asia. With as many as 95% of all people commuting to and from the country by plane, there’s little surprise that 3 major local carriers have already placed orders for over 70 aircraft to be delivered in just a couple of years’ time. With that in mind, aviation industry professionals seeking great employment opportunities oversees should look no further.

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China Airlines and AviationCV.com to offer new pilot employment opportunities in Asia
Published: 2015-12-07

AviationCV.com, a global provider of aviation specialist resourcing solutions for aviation industry players, has signed a cooperation agreement with China Airlines (CAL), the flag carrier and largest airline of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Under the agreement, AviationCV.com together with the Taiwanese carrier will offer new job opportunities for pilots with various Airbus and Boeing types.

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How can aviation be cool again, and save itself along the way
Published: 2015-10-27

It’s is no secret that aviation is a safety-obsessed and exceptionally conservative business. At the same time, it’s one of the most advanced hi-tech industries filled with robots, extremely sophisticated software and other fancy and very attractive gadgets young people love. However, in the past several years it seems to be losing its ‘magic’ as more and more talented young people steer their careers towards Google, Apple or other ‘hype’ hi-tech enterprises. And there’s a good reason behind such a trend.

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How the looming crisis is actually making pilot life awesome
Published: 2015-10-16

Remember that pilot shortage crisis that everyone is talking about? Well, according to pilots themselves – it’s all good. For the time being and for those who have the guts and the skills needed, things have never been better, says Dr. Hans Joachim Weinberger, an AviationCV.com captain with over 20 years of flying experience under his belt. Hans disagrees that pilot life has lost its magic or most of its perks. On the contrary, the pilot argues that the life is as great as ever. Moreover, if you’re willing and motivated enough to take an extra step, it could even be described as awesome. 

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AviationCV.com launches a mobile version of its aviation job platform
Published: 2015-09-03

AviationCV.com, a comprehensive HR services provider engaged in the business of aviation personnel selection, training and post-delivery support, is delighted to announce the launch of the mobile version of its aviation job search platform. Multiple airlines, MRO providers and other industry players who have already grown to appreciate online access to a wide variety of potential industry employees, can now browse through potential candidates via a new, mobile-friendly platform version.


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A little pilot party never killed nobody, except that it did
Published: 2015-08-20

It is often said that pilots and flight attendants have one of the most stressful jobs out there. They fly extensive hours, cross numerous time zones and, most of the time, are 30 000 ft above ground. Due to job related stress, wish for fun or just a shear desire of a little celebration now and then, some pilots do seem to enjoy their bottoms up a tiny bit more than the others.

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The most stupid pilots in the history of aviation
Published: 2015-08-04

According to the National Institute for Play, having fun at work can significantly boost productivity. However, few would argue that when it comes to aviation, it is not the industry for those who tend to fiddle while Rome burns. Unfortunately, some aviation ‘professionals’ still sometimes surrender to the temptation of hamming it up… whilst 30 000ft in the air and in charge of a plane full of passengers. However, if I, by any chance, had found myself amongst the passengers flying on a plane operated by one of these pilots, I would probably be more afraid of laughing myself to death rather than falling 30 000ft down into the ocean… 

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Social media in aviation – a helping hand or a slippery slope?
Published: 2015-06-30

According to the latest Jobvite survey, more than 75% of enterprises are planning to increase their spending on recruitment via social networks in 2015. This comes as no surprise, considering that currently about 2 billion people on earth are using social media every single day – pilots, flight crew and other aviation workers included. As a result, in aviation and other industries social media is becoming a key tool in shaping brand image as well as attracting new talent. Nonetheless, while social media may serve as a beneficial aid in most cases, one silly move on Facebook can also send you downhill, fast. 

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Vietnam - new El Dorado for aviation expats
Published: 2015-06-25

In March, 2015 a Vietnam Airlines pilot and an attendant were arrested under the suspicion of gold smuggling into South Korea. It has been the second case when Vietnam Airlines crew resorted to such illegal measures to supplement their income in less than six months. While it may seem as a pure coincidence to some, the situation in the flight crew segment of Vietnam may be the underlying reason for succumbing to the temptation. Currently, local aviation workers in the country are earning 4 times less than their expat colleagues, making the market a tough place for locals and a paradise for foreigners.

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“Old fashioned” aviation – can it save the HR world from an IT-triggered hara-kiri?
Published: 2015-06-12

While it may be a surprise for some, getting hired by an airline can sometimes actually be harder than getting into Harvard. For instance, according to Lufthansa, only around 7 % of applicants to pilot position pass the initial screening, let alone further recruitment stages. At first glance it may be hard to understand why the industry with an especially high demand for professionals would encourage such difficult processes. Nevertheless, the techniques behind such recruitment not only aim at ensuring strict flight safety requirements, but could actually help in solving HR-related problems in non-aviation industries as well.

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Running out of people – executive shortage is up next for aviation?
Published: 2015-05-18

Conducted back in 2013, a Forbes survey of Fortune 1000 companies predicted a 30% drop in the number of appropriately aged managers available for leadership roles between 2009 and 2015. It is now becoming clear that the forecast was completely right. CEOs are now in high demand across all sectors, including aviation, forcing top-notch executives to switch industries like socks in order to keep different businesses in line. While reorienting may be easy in some industries, aviation, due to its specifics, may be a tough egg to crack.

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Asian aviation remains in the hottest spot over staff demand
Published: 2015-04-23

Each week, a total of 28 brand new aircraft roll off the assembly lines of major manufacturers. During any given month about 50% of those aircraft crafted by Airbus and Boeing are going to the Asia-Pacific region, according to Flightglobal. Cornered by this remarkable pace, Asian carriers need to gather from 10 to 12 pilots for each new plane. And as this issue is yet to be solved by local CAAs, airlines and governments, it does make one wonder, whether there is a way out of this seemingly unsolvable staff shortage equation.

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Therapists or pilots – why aircrew is left to evaluate their own mind?
Published: 2015-04-14

Despite a number of widely discussed tragedies, 2014 actually set a new record for the fewest number of commercial aviation accidents since the start of the airline age, with just 21 recorded. That’s down from 29 in 2013, 23 in 2012 and 36 in 2011. Nevertheless, the recent tragic events casted a shadow on some of the aviation safety related procedures, namely those concerning pilot mental health evaluation. It appears that even though hundreds of lives are in the hands of an aircraft pilot daily, it is pilots themselves that are responsible for assessing their own mental health.

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Literally unmanned – will there be anyone to pilot the commercial drone industry?
Published: 2015-03-30

Ever since the drone market has started to rapidly grow, it has been constantly surrounded by controversy. For instance, with commercialization of drones, over 42% of Americans are concerned about their privacy. However, while aviation authorities are developing new rules to ensure both safety and privacy standards, it seems that drone-skeptics actually shouldn’t worry too much – at least in a short-term perspective. Without universally accepted regulations the commercial drone segment still has almost no one to pilot it. Even for $100 000 a year.

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Pack your bags – the Middle East is calling for aviation expats to fill the gaps
Published: 2015-02-23

Accounting for around 5% of the global aircraft fleet, the Middle East seems to be the place where most aviation industry players should be on cloud nine. However, most countries within the region are far from ready to handle the ever-growing demand. In fact, over the next several decades the Gulf is expected to require a staggering 90 700 of aviation personnel, including pilots, cabin crew and technicians. 

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Is MRO staff shortage jeopardizing aviation safety?
Published: 2015-02-13

Despite the recent downturn in the aviation industry and the resulting drop in the number of operating airlines, the global fleet keeps growing further thus increasing the pressure on the aircraft maintenance segment. For instance, American Airlines has been recently rumoured to have instructed their mechanics to commit fraud and disregard certain safety precautions. Although these allegations have yet to be proven or dismissed, few could deny the fact that the ongoing pressure to squeeze costs has been a major task set for industry players in the recent years. The lack of qualified personnel doesn’t make the struggle any easier. Moreover, it signals that today the MRO industry might be suffering way more than we have expected. 

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Flying solo: will co-pilots become a thing of the past?
Published: 2015-01-28

It is no secret that crew-related costs typically represent 10-20% of an airline’s cost structure – as much, if not more, than any other cost bucket, except fuel, at least before its recent drop in costs. Naturally, reducing the size of cockpit crews for commercial aircraft has been a topic of theoretical discussion among aerospace industry representatives for many years now. Nevertheless, while today realization of such a solution is far less science fiction than it was a few years ago, the possibility of its actual implementation still remains in question.

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A new trend: Happy New Year up in the sky!
Published: 2014-12-22

With the nearing Christmas and New Year celebrations some airlines commemorate the holidays by offering exclusive deals to their loyal customers whilst others greet their passengers with spectacular on-board parties during flights. In fact, celebrating up in the sky has become a real trend amongst hard-core flyers in recent years. For instance, in Russia alone there were 13000 passengers who counted down the last seconds to the New Year on-board last year!

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On the edge of going nuts – a modern flight attendant’s reality?
Published: 2014-12-16

For many, the flight attendant’s job is a dream come true. Visiting new places, earning good money, meeting new people at 10-12 km height – that’s certainly the charming part of the work. However, since the dawn of the profession back in 1930s both the airline industry and passengers themselves seem to have changed a lot thus raising the question whether today’s flight attendant’s job brings more satisfaction or stress.

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Maintenance engineers remain one of the most demanded specialists in aviation
Published: 2014-11-25

As the demand for air travel keeps rising, the majority of experts agree that the future of the industry is looking bright. It is forecasted that by 2016 aviation will have injected more than $ 1 trillion into the global economy and created (directly and indirectly) almost 70 million jobs worldwide. Ironically, as concerns qualified workforce, ensuring safety of operations with the constantly growing global fleet still remains a headache for the respective players.

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Flight attendant: aviation’s most wanted
Published: 2014-11-07

With the aviation industry growing at an unprecedented pace, according to Bloomberg Businessweek flight attendant applications are currently far outpacing the positions available. For instance, Emirates has been reported to receive over 15 000 cabin crew job applications per month. At the same time, however, Air India has recently cancelled or temporarily withdrawn as many as 12 flights from its network due to shortage of cabin crew. Moreover, as over the next 20 years China alone is estimated to need an additional 2 000 cabin crew per year, may the optimism over cabin crew supply be exaggerated?

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Crew Selfies: To Take or Not to Take?
Published: 2014-10-29

Today there are millions of photos posted on various social networks every second. For instance, on Facebook alone we upload 300 million photos daily. Meanwhile, if one was to print all of the pictures currently posted on Instagram, it would reach 6 351 kilometres from the Earth. When it comes to the themes of these photos, the most popular trend is a selfie! It has spread so widely, that only the most entertaining/shocking pics receive significant public attention or cause any controversy.

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Pilots, brace yourselves: the winter is coming
Published: 2014-10-03

The global airline industry performs around 32 million commercial flights transporting 3 billion passengers each year. Nevertheless, the actual profitability of most carriers is still heavily reliant on the efficiency of operations management during seasonal demand changes. As a result, while during the low season airlines tend to roll back their operations in order to crop excessive spending, for contractual pilots this usually means respective changes in the number of jobs available. The question is, however, when a door closes, does a window really open?

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Pilot jobs in Asia: thanks, but no thanks
Published: 2014-09-24

This Tuesday the Russian flag carrier Aeroflot announced the welcoming of its first foreign pilot within its ranks thus marking the opening of a new yet small market for professionals with salaries resembling the ones in Asia. However, while the Russian carrier had 10 candidates to a single place competition with over 800 applications received, it seems that most operators from other booming markets are losing their luck when it comes to recruiting experienced flight crews, as European pilots are becoming increasingly reluctant to move outside their home region. 

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Uncertainty in Russian aviation: a case in favour of flexible HR solutions
Published: 2014-09-19

In the last few years the aviation industry in Russia has been steadily growing. According to IATA, in 2013 local airlines carried an impressive number of more than 80 million passengers, while in Q3 2014 alone air passenger traffic in the country increased by 12%. However, as even the major players have recently started to cancel their development plans due to lowering demand and profitability issues, the majority of carriers in Russia might want to consider re-inventing their HR-related strategies in order to gain more flexibility.

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Long-haul low-cost – mission (im)possible?
Published: 2014-08-22

The summer of 2014 might have marked a new page in the development of the global passenger air travel market. Only a few global media sources have missed out on covering the Norwegian’s latest ambition – to launch low-cost transatlantic flights from London. A similar initiative is being also considered by the Chinese Spring Airlines, while Lufthansa is also being anticipated to announce its long-haul low-cost project in the nearest future. However, yet another attempt to introduce cheap long-haul routes faces a whole set of obstacles, including the HR-related ones.

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Removing the obstacles to Chinese low-cost operations
Published: 2014-08-12

Over the past 18 months, several newcomers have joined the Chinese low-cost carrier market after the central government in Beijing unleashed a new set of policies in an unprecedented move to boost the country’s aviation market. Incentives including a cut in airport charges and simplifying approvals provided a further boost earlier this year. But not everything in China is as choreographed as is often imagined.

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What’s eating the Latin American aviation industry?
Published: 2014-07-31

For the past 10 years the aviation industry in Latin America has been subject to impressive growth rates. According to IATA, over the next 10 years air traffic in the region is expected to increase by an average of 7% annually, which would put Latin America on about the same growth trajectory as China. Nevertheless, currently the region is actually performing weaker than it could.

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African aviation liberalization to worsen its HR-related issues?
Published: 2014-07-16

Growth of Africa's economies has accelerated. According to a new report by the African Development Bank, the continent's growth is projected to accelerate to 4.8% in 2014 alone. With the increased consumer spending and a new middle class on the rise, the outlook for African aviation industry is also positive. Nevertheless, developing its full potential still remains a challenge, especially with regard to proper HR-support

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Lower pilot’s pay keeps the profit away?
Published: 2014-06-30

During the last decade, airlines have added thousands of new destinations to their networks and are expected to carry over 3.3 billion people in 2014. At the same time, with oil prices still averaging at $108/barrel, they continue to struggle with profitability and thus implement different money-saving strategies, including those requiring significant personnel salary cuts. However, there are reasons to believe that these measures are in fact holding back the industry from further growth.

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Evolving LCCs call for more flexible HR solutions
Published: 2014-05-27

With fuel prices accounting for up to 30% of airlines’ operating costs, the carriers are still struggling to remain profitable. So far LCCs have been an exception to this rule, thanks to cheaper operating costs and quicker turnaround times. However, with even such players as Ryanair reporting reduced profits, the carriers are constantly in search for ways to reduce expenses. As a result, while the traditional low-cost model is still far from broken, many low-cost carriers have gone beyond its original remit. Responding to such changes, MRO-related HR strategies should evolve accordingly.

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A slow-down in growth as a way to solve HR problems in Russian aviation
Published: 2014-05-09

In 2013 Russian airlines carried almost 85 million passengers (14% more than the year before), making it the fourth year of the two-digit traffic growth in a row. The results of March 2014, however, were much more disappointing as the traffic rose only 2.5%, compared to a 26% increase of the same period last year. While such a significant change might become a headache for many regional industry players, it may in fact spell good news with regard to HR-related troubles in the country.

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New regional aircraft – new opportunities for pilots
Published: 2014-04-29

The latest developments in the air travel industry have significantly increased the popularity of small and middle-sized aircraft. As a result, such companies as Comac, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Mitsubishi Aircraft have put additional pressure on the segment giants by developing or accelerating the production of such new regional jets as ARJ21, MRJ90 and SSJ100. In turn, this has naturally increased the demand for appropriately qualified pilots. 

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Asian LCCs’ struggle with overcapacity to increase demand for flexible MRO support
Published: 2014-04-10

The Asia-Pacific region is currently experiencing by far the quickest growth in LCC. This is especially true in case of Southeast Asia, as the regional LCC fleet grew by about 19% in 2013 to 485 aircraft, becoming a source of overcapacity in the industry. Nevertheless, according to CAPA, Southeast Asia’s low-cost carrier fleet is still projected to increase by nearly 20% as major players plan to acquire 88 aircraft in 2014 despite a recent spate of delivery deferrals and suspensions of expansion. However, as optimizing fleet performance might imply unexpected changes in route networks, the carriers, requiring prompt and qualified support of their aircraft on the new directions will thus put additional pressure on the MRO providers.

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Will China’s slowing aviation growth solve its personnel-related issues?
Published: 2014-03-26

The most common aviation related topics discussed in the last several years include a growing number of aircraft sales orders, rapidly accelerating production and an increasingly complex backlog. Last year alone airlines welcomed 1.274 aircraft which is twice the volume of aircraft produced nine years ago. Such numbers have been especially fuelled by the developments in the Asia-Pacific, particularly China, followed by the industry-wide pilot and engineer deficiency. However, as lately the growth in different segments of the Chinese aviation industry has been slowing down, is it possible that the HR-related issues in the region will become less pressing than they have been so far?

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High season in aviation: no grounds for long-term personnel investments
Published: 2014-03-14

Today the air transport industry operates a network of around 40.000 routes and is expected to carry over 3.3 billion people and 50 million tonnes of cargo in 2014. Consolidations and joint ventures have enabled airlines to raise their efficiency even under difficult trading conditions. Although this is especially true in the case of low-cost carriers, their profitability still relies heavily on the performance during the high season, when the demand for air travel tends to rise dramatically. However, the summer season is also exerting more pressure on the MRO providers, who are expected to provide continuous support to their clients on all of new destinations, and thus have to deal with an increased demand for qualified technical personnel.

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Supporting ambitious Russian carriers: a job for Western aircraft engineers
Published: 2014-02-25

Recently, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has announced about its decision to prolong the duty-free import of passenger aircraft into Russia until the 1st of January, 2017. The new rules, unlike their previous edition, also apply to such aircraft types as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 in various modifications. As a result, the share of the Western-built aircraft in the expanding fleet of regional carriers (around 70 percent of which already consists of foreign-built airplanes), is expected to become even larger, naturally raising the demand for qualified and experienced pilots. However, the industry experts warn about an even more pressing area of concern in the region - the potential shortage of appropriately trained technical personnel.

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Indonesian Low-Cost market: who will pilot the growing fleet?
Published: 2014-02-13

The ever-growing competition among low-cost carriers in the Asia Pacific region is one of the main attributes of the regional air transportation industry. The largest share of the market is currently occupied by two main players – AirAsia and Lion Air. While the orders of the former have already turned it into the largest customer of the Airbus A320 Family, the expansion plans of the latter will secure it the status of the world’s largest Boeing 737 NG operator. With the rivalry of the Malaysian and the Indonesian carriers showing no signs of decreasing any time soon, one cannot help but wonder who will pilot the spurring fleets. 


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Does “digital” really mean “safer” in aviation?
Published: 2014-01-28

As the aviation industry has been developing along the years, technological improvements are among those factors, which have allowed airlines to expand around the globe without significant safety deterioration. Moreover, The ICAO statistical data indicates that during the last few years the overall global aviation accident rate was the lowest since the organization began tracking it in 2006. However, today, when many new pilots have been “cultivated” in and surrounded by the digital realm, can the technology be really trusted and fully relied on?

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Why pilots are unwilling to move to China?
Published: 2014-01-24

Despite the concentrated efforts on making expatriation easier and more convenient, the number of failing assignments abroad has not changed significantly over the years. Based on numerous studies, China is the third country according to the number of incoming expatriates who report critical difficulties and fail to complete their assignments.   Moreover, the number of pilots even considering the possibility of working for Chinese carriers does not seem to grow at a pace needed to fill in the increasing number of open positions.  AviationCV.com has decided to approach industry representatives and discuss the main issues behind the pilots’ reluctance to accept Chinese carriers’ tempting offers.  

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Pilot shortage – an airplane industry’s chronic headache to infect the civil helicopter market
Published: 2014-01-16

Experts indicate that the global helicopter market is on a firm recovery from a major downfall in 2008-2010 and should increase by over 40% during the following 8-9 years. Meanwhile, with governments to continue scrutinizing their spending on defence the market is observing a noticeable shift from military to civil helicopters. The latter are projected to become the main source of demand for manufacturers as early as by 2020. However, the development of the civil helimarket, particularly in such emerging markets as the CIS, is to face the same obstacle that airplane operators have been struggling with for almost a decade – pilot shortage.

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The New American way: from the frying pan into the fire
Published: 2013-12-06

With the upcoming merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways, the U.S. will not only become the home of the world’s largest carrier, but also have the opportunity to create a few thousands of new jobs for pilots. However, as the FAA finalized its new rules on pilot training in the US which became effective on the 15th of November, 2013 it seems that the new-born airline might face a challenge in finding the required amount of pilots for its cabins.

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Russian pilots: the lost generation
Published: 2013-11-28

The recent tragic accident of Boeing 737 in Kazan, Russia has once again raised discussions over the current situation in the Russian aviation industry. As the reasons for the crash are yet to be revealed, many are questioning whether the industry has done everything it can to minimize the threat of such deadly accidents. One of the most topical issues within both professional and public circles – the shortage of experienced personnel as one of the main factors influencing the safety of local air transportation market.

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Repatriating America – a step towards pan-Eurasian pilot industry
Published: 2013-11-15

This week American Airlines and US Airways have declared reaching an agreement with the United States Department of Justice and the attorneys general from six states as well as the District of Columbia regarding the merger of the two companies.  The latest agreement places two companies just a few steps away from uniting into the world’s largest airlines. Along with the optimized route networks and cost structure, the synergy of the American Airlines and US Airways merger will boost the American pilot job market thus triggering the round of pilot repatriations from outside the continent.

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Vietnam - the rise of another aviation tiger?
Published: 2013-10-30

Over the past several years aviation industries in China and several other NICs in Asia have been absorbing the main market and media attention. Their unprecedented growth rates and prodigious ambitions have conquered the minds around the world. Meanwhile, it seems that the global air transport industry is witnessing the rise of another aviation tiger, stretched along the South China Sea.

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Five places to be a pilot: Almaty
Published: 2013-10-24

Recently the Kazakh officials have revealed their plans to allow foreign carriers to fly within the borders of Kazakhstan in order to spur up the competition in the domestic air transportation market. Meanwhile, the air traffic of national carriers is also rising, but due to the shortage of specialists within the country, local carriers are increasingly hiring professionals from other regions, mainly Europe and the CIS. This means that more and more foreign pilots are being offered the opportunity to move to this Central Asian country. That is why AviationCV.com has decided to take a deeper look into Almaty and what it is like for expat pilots to live in the economic and cultural capital of Kazakhstan.

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Growing commercial aviation market in Asia draws attention to air safety
Published: 2013-10-18

Despite the fact that compared to the previous several years the overall growth of air traffic in Asia-Pacific has slowed down, according to the latest data provided by IATA, this August was particularly good for regional carriers with an increase of 8.6% compared to the same month last year. However, the rise in demand for air travel consequent to the growth of middle class is inseparable from the increasing pressure to ensure flight safety. While the local carriers may be lulled by the contribution they are making towards the recovery of the global aviation industry, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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To sleep or not to sleep – the pilots‘ flight time saga continues
Published: 2013-10-03

The struggle for new flight time limitation (FTL) intensifies as the EU Parliament’s Transport Committee has voted against the EU Commission’s proposal this week. Despite the rejection, EASA’s proposal enters the homestretch, as the final decision of the EU Parliament will be voiced during its Plenary Session later this month. With none of the discussion parties willing to make any concessions, inability to arrive at a consensus might eventually become a step backwards in building the Single European Sky.

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Five places to be a pilot: Kunming
Published: 2013-09-18

As the demand for new pilots is expected to grow and reach its maximum in the next 20 years, Asia remains the region with the greatest need for additional crew. With limited local supply Chinese airlines have naturally become one of the most generous employers for pilots in the market. However, China is characteristic of a variety of traditions and cultural peculiarities which greatly differ from region to region. The focus of today’s topic is Kunming which appears to be on the list of the most desirable and popular places to live in the southwest China. AviationCV.com invites you to take a closer look into what really makes the ‘Happiest city in China’ so special.

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Maybe It’s Time To Search For A Job Via Social Media?
Published: 2013-09-06

So the time is changing (obviously) and the people are living in a digital world as well. Everybody understands that, either you are a seeker or an employer. Due to that, you can broaden your opportunities significantly and it is simple as that, so why not to? We are not saying that recruitment companies don’t do their job well! They have a significant part at this business sector and what they are doing as well? They are putting themselves into social space. Following that, you may receive a stellar job offer from where you least expect just by following companies which ones you like.

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Pressure on MRO prices affects requirements for the technical personnel
Published: 2013-09-04

Although the on-going fleet renewal will most probably help carriers to cut down on oil-related expenses, the situation with the MRO market seems to be different - the cost of maintenance per single shop visit is definitely going to rise. Under such circumstances the strategies of MRO providers searching for ways to remain attractive to clients are expected to be largely focused on automatization in order to reduce the cost of maintaining large numbers of highly paid technical specialists. Since the quality of the services provided is going to become the most important factor when choosing an MRO partner for airlines, the requirements for the qualification of the remaining technical staff are expected to be higher than ever.

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Securing a pilot’s career when one’s employer goes bankrupt
Published: 2013-08-21

Though figures indicate that the purchasing power of passengers and their confidence in air transportation is rapidly restoring, many airlines keep continuing to experience serious financial constraints. Unfortunately, not every carrier is able to restructure its operations successfully. As a result, from the beginning of 2013 already three European airlines have been forced to shut down their businesses, with several more being on the edge of bankruptcy. With the continuously volatile situation in the market, should pilots be concerned with saving their employers and how can they minimize their risks in case of a carrier’s bankruptcy?

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(Re-) incipient Russian low-cost airlines market calls for cheaper labour
Published: 2013-08-13

Recently Russian air travellers have received encouraging news that yet another attempt to launch low-cost flights will be made. This time people may have slightly more optimism as the talks about a no frills airline come from the Russian national carrier - Aeroflot. However, with almost 30% higher pilot salary rates than the ones in neighbouring Europe, local airlines might find it difficult not only to prove that Russia is able to have its own low-cost airlines after all, but also  to compete with  the increasing number of  foreign discounters in the regional market.

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Recovering European airlines trigger higher demand for technical specialists
Published: 2013-07-25

Although, according to the recent IATA forecast, 2013 is still going to be profitless for the European commercial airlines, Boeing data shows a steady increase in air traffic. Based on the recent numbers the market has got back onto its feet and its players have even managed to improve performance since the financial crisis of 2008. Such a trend, accompanied by the increasing number of aircraft in the industry, is likely to raise the demand for line services, and, in turn, boost the demand for the experienced MRO specialists in the upcoming years.

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Tips for improving intercommunication between pilots and ATC
Published: 2013-07-23

Communication errors or breakdowns between pilots and air traffic controllers (ATC) have been reported to be on the list of the factors commonly contributing towards aircraft accidents or serious incidents. In fact, incorrect or incomplete pilot / controller communications cause approximately 80 % of all aviation incidents or accidents. The most common misunderstandings between each other appear due to incorrect usage of standard phraseology, poor language skills or failures of the read-back/hear-back process. AviationCV.com experts point out that pilots and controllers are involved in the air traffic management system equally. Achieving effective radio communications depends on many factors that should not be considered in isolation.

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Changing times: The future of national carriers in Eastern Europe
Published: 2013-07-22

The EU-accession of Eastern European states in 2004 and later in 2007 has broadened the scope of airline liberalisation in the region. Unfortunately however, the increased competition and free market legislation has forced many of these small-sized carriers into precarious financial situations. The looming bankruptcy concerns we are seeing for both Estonian Air and airBaltic come only after the collapse of Air Slovakia, Malév Hungarian Airlines and more recently, Poland’s OLT Express. Other carriers are not faring particularly well either, with Czech Airlines and LOT struggling to turn around after years of ongoing losses and aggressive competition from low cost airlines. Staving off future insolvency could prove a formidable task, but there are certain avenues airlines may take to improve their overall competitiveness.

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A collection of apps no airline pilot should do without
Published: 2013-07-19

For some time now, the growing practicality of smartphones and tablet computers has eased the legacy of cumbersome documentation for both pilots and airline operators alike. Indeed, the accession of mobile apps to business technologies has in no way bypassed civil aviation. A simple search will yield an abundance of different apps, each claiming to offer an enhanced solution or a streamlined approach to the workload of a broad scope of pilots. Clearly, individual mileage may vary, but we ask the question: what set of mobile apps can no airline pilot afford to do without?

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Chinese pilot market: a dream job or just a window dressing?
Published: 2013-07-18

For some time now aviation specialists from AviationCV.com have been observing the overwhelming increase in pilot demand from Asia, particularly China. It is an industry-wide belief that the emerging pilot markets in the East promise almost ideal job opportunities for skilful flight crew members. This conviction impels local markets elsewhere to find ways of filling in the cracks in their HR segment. However, the actual reality in some cases forces to ponder upon whether working in Asia is truly a dream job for pilots from around the world after all.

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How Innovative And Adaptable Is Aviation Nowadays?
Published: 2013-07-17

These days if you want to be a leader and to be trending, you must be innovative. In aviation business it is the same. Every company that wants to maintain and improve their position in the market must carry out all demands of their customers. So what is trending these days that helps to keep high positions in aviation market?

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Pilots should take the initiative in achieving their career goals
Published: 2013-07-16

For some time now aviation industry experts have been observing a continuous development of the global airline fleet leading to the increasing demand for pilots thus naturally expending the shortage of skilful pilots even more. However, one of the ways of improving the situation is assisting already licensed pilots with getting the required experience which would grant them the access to the commercial airline job market. Unfortunately, since providing flight experience for the upcoming generation of commercial pilots implies extra expenses for aircraft operators, not every carrier is willing to provide such assistance in overcoming the global pilot shortage issue. But there are other practices for the pilots to acquire the required experience and enter the market, including so-called ‘Pay-to-Fly’ schemes, which is a reasonable solution with regard to the matter.

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Several tips for the pilots working abroad
Published: 2013-07-15

With accelerating pilot migration processes around the world, it becomes a common rule for many pilots to change their work geography several times per year. Though it may seem to be fascinating, but moving and working abroad is a serious decision in one's life and career. What should pilots consider before accepting a job abroad? How should they act while working for a foreign company? How to ensure the best possible conditions away from home?

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Moving to China: а life on a metaphorical moon
Published: 2013-07-12

Due to a rapid growth of the emerging economies, the airline industry is expanding and it is predicted that in the upcoming decade the number of commercial aircraft will double. Under such circumstances the Asia Pacific region is continuing to present the largest projected growth in pilot demand with the current need for 185 600 new pilots. The largest amount of pilots – 71 300 – is required in China. Naturally, at the moment the regions being perceived as an exceptionally attractive location among experienced professionals in search of great career opportunities. But while providing numerous economic benefits, is China the place an expat can call home?

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Why to Choose an Aviation Personnel Recruitment Company When You Are an Aviation Professional
Published: 2013-07-11

You are an aircraft professional and you need to find a job? That is not your responsibility. Aviation personnel recruitment agency must do it for you and remove all overheads. Why? Because this is what they do! Pilots and other aircraft personnel are frequently struggling to find a job. There are many reasons why – they want a stellar offer, applicable conditions, permanent (or not) offer and there are many other criteria that ought to meet everybody demands. The best option of this situation is to work with an aviation personnel recruitment agency and there are numerous reasons why.

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Five places to be a pilot: Shanghai
Published: 2013-06-28

Home to almost 24 million people, Shanghai is the most populous city in the world. Moreover, it is the only Chinese city ranked amongst the TOP 10 richest cities across the globe. Naturally, Shanghai is a major air transportation hub with its two airports serving around 600 thousand aircraft and 80 million passengers each year. While the demand for air transportation in the region keeps rising, local airlines are intensively seeking for hundreds of new pilots, many of whom come outside of China. Shanghai is undoubtedly a beloved tourist destination for millions of travellers from around the world, what is it like to work and live in the ‘Paris of the East’?

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The new Flight Time regulations to be put under the EU parliament vote keep raising concerns for pilots
Published: 2013-06-19

On 18th June, the representatives of the European aviation authorities and airlines as well as aircraft crews gathered to yet once again discuss the new regulations on Flight and Duty Time proposed by EASA. During a Parliamentary Hearing in the EU Transport Committee held this Tuesday, the parties were still unable to reach common ground as concerns the issue. With controversial new regulations allegedly to be put under vote in the EU Parliament already in H2 2013, time for discussions and amendments has almost run out.

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Aircraft manufacturers intend to enter the ‘forbidden’ Russian pilot market
Published: 2013-06-05

Recently the Russian media has reported that Boeing plans to establish a new pilot training centre in Russia, focusing on various pilot type-rating and re-training programs. According to Vedomosti, the American manufacturer plans to invest a multi- million dollar sum into new pilot training facilities in the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, near Moscow. The project is aimed at addressing the pilot shortage issue within the Russian market.

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Aircraft upset – a call for the aviation industry
Published: 2013-05-21

Almost a year has passed since the French authorities released their final report on the Air France Flight 447 crash in the Atlantic Ocean in June, 2009. According to the issued report, the pilots had lacked the understanding of how to address aircraft stall. During 1979-2009, inappropriate crew responses contributed to over 46% of all Loss-Of-Control (LOC) accidents causing more than 2800 fatalities. Unfortunately, dangerous aircraft conditions like aircraft upset cannot be avoided or resolved solely by new cockpit technologies, regardless of how sophisticated and technologically advanced these might be. Once again the attention must be re-directed to the issue of human factor in aviation.

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Retaining experienced pilots in deficit market conditions
Published: 2013-04-29

Recently the deficit of pilots has been the subject of numerous discussions. With airlines being forced to park some of their newly delivered aircraft and lower their development ambitions, many industry players are faced with issue of migrating professional aviators. The situation on the highly competitive market shows no signs of improving any time soon, so it is absolutely necessary to start thinking about the measures which could potentially be taken in order to assist airlines in retaining their experienced workforce.

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Air-pril Fools’ Madness: Some of the creative ideas shared by airlines across the world
Published: 2013-04-04

While the sharp minds among us know to take their news on April 1st with more than a healthy dose of scepticism, this didn’t stop airlines from partaking in a little April Fools’ Day tomfoolery. This year unveiled evermore scheming attempts by the world’s airlines to pass off outrageous announcements as factual, taking advantage of social media and professional video campaigns to instil a fleeting sense of credibility along the way. Although the absurdity of many messages had them exposed before you had a chance to say ‘April Fools’ – others, perhaps, hid a more real dimension of possible changes in store for the airline industry.

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Happy Easter!
Published: 2013-03-31

Easter! Easter! Easter!

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Russia's need for foreign pilots
Published: 2013-03-19

With proposed amendments to Article 56 of the Air Code set to create demand for 200 foreign pilots in Russia, Aviation.CV asks what implications will this have for the country's markedly home-grown base of pilots.
With the widely coveted London to Moscow route marking easyJet's advent in the Russian market this month, it is likely to spur further growth from Russia's emerging low-cost carriers. However, behind the opening of these bilateral agreements lies a crisis – Russia's looming pilot deficit.

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Female Pilots: Now & Then
Published: 2013-03-08

On the 8th of March, 1910, Baroness Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot license. Later in 1914, Eugenie Shakhovskaya became the first female military pilot in the world. At the dawn of the 20th century few women had received the opportunity to take hold of their dream to fly. But a lot has changed over the last 100 years, particularly in the field of women’s rights, so we ask: how do female pilots feel about their place in the aviation industry of today?

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Pilot shortages spell further opportunities in Vietnam
Published: 2013-03-01

With the Asia-Pacific airline industry poised for yet further solid growth in 2013, much attention has been paid to the wealth of job offers available to foreign pilots. Centred primarily on China and the burgeoning ASEAN member states led by Indonesia, airlines continue to draw foreign aircrew with the attractive remuneration packages routinely offered. However, often slipping under the radar for pilots – Vietnam commands a sizable base of expat pilots set to expand as the country takes on initiatives to boost its aviation sector over the coming months. Conducive to the country’s rising middle class, a greater share of the population now has the discretionary income to travel abroad, paving the way for a number of new airlines concentrated largely in the low cost segment. Given these circumstances and the potential for growth, we ask what the Vietnamese market holds in store for foreign pilots.

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The plight of FastJet: Hurdles in Africa's aviation industry
Published: 2013-02-22

Often appraised as the final frontier for the aviation industry, Africa continues to invoke outside interest for its largely untapped opportunities in the domestic airline sector.
In line with this, last November marked the start of operations for the Tanzanian-based budget carrier Fastjet, with its intent to introduce pan-African airline service to the market.
Established in part by the founder of easyJet, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the airline had sought the prospects ordained under the long standing Yamoussoukro Agreement to launch multi-hub air services in much the same line as its European counterpart. However, along with these changes have come a host of problems involving the allocation of route rights and unpaid leasing commitments limiting further growth. It is clear that despite the potential in the region, there are a number of issues that destabilise new entrants to the market.

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200 foreign pilots – is that enough to satisfy the ambitions of Russian air carriers?
Published: 2013-02-21

Recently the Russian Ministry of Transport has prepared an amendment allowing the employment of foreign pilots by the Russian carriers. Under the initiative the Ministry suggests to open a 200 Pilot-in-Command (PIC) quota for foreigners, which would be effective for five years. According to the officials, currently the Russian market lacks only the aforementioned number of PICs with zero-rate deficit of First Officers (FO). However, high wages, which are up to 30% higher than in Europe, along with the competition among local carriers seeking for experienced candidates, may serve as evidence that the suggested quota is still insufficient to ensure the successful development of the air transportation in Russia.

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A turnaround perhaps? – The changes in store for pilots in 2013
Published: 2013-02-12

It appears that the bad dream has ended in daylight for Boeing this month as it retains a firm grasp on the industry’s top spot for order numbers, despite the teething issues surrounding its 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft manufacturer had clinched the number one ranking from Airbus last year, with broadly higher orders and deliveries for January demonstrating the tenacity of this trend. Moreover, last week’s test flight approval of the 787 suggests promising action is underway for the aircraft’s return to commercial service, having been grounded since the middle of January over battery ignition concerns. Taking this development and the post-recession recovery in certain economies, we ask the question: what changes are in store for 2013 and which airlines are driving further expansion?

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The changing face of the airline industry: a sign of better things to come?
Published: 2013-01-25

Lingering economic woes and fuel price volatility have spelled difficult times for the airline industry over the past four to five years. It is perhaps fitting then that no group has been more affected than the scores of pilots and industry professionals either in search of a job or at the centre of widespread cutbacks in salary levels and employee benefits. However, with last year marking a significant improvement over 2009 conditions, recuperating a sustainable job market for the industry may indeed seem more within reach. In addition to predicted structural changes in the operational environment, such an outlook is being supported by optimistic growth forecasts over the next five years. Although whether further advancements will be felt on a global basis remains less certain, as the experts at AviationCV point out why some markets are less susceptible to encouraging change.

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Is China's burgeoning aviation market sustainable?
Published: 2013-01-15

With a stagnant industry stifling the chances of career progression for many pilots across Europe and North America, the Chinese market is proving ever more attractive. CEO of AviationCV.com, Skaiste Knyzaite, writes for AFM on the subject.
It's no secret that Chinese-based airlines have launched extensive recruitment campaigns with the aim of enticing top talent from abroad. So far the efforts have measured considerable success, as foreign pilots flock to take advantage of the exceptional remuneration packages and promotion opportunities not readily afforded at home. Underpinning this recruitment drive has been the tenacious growth of the country's aviation sector, with forecasts indicating 4,700 commercial aircraft deliveries over the next two decades. However, whether the Chinese aviation market will remain sustainable and remain an alluring destination for expats is not so firmly assured.

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The profit divide: Bridging the gap in unit costs for legacy carriers
Published: 2012-12-19

With low-cost carriers encroaching on ever more markets, the profitability of traditional airlines will continue to remain under threat. Recent years have seen the worst of this shift, with flag carriers in Europe struggling to keep afloat and Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection befalling a number of their American counterparts. Indeed, ensuring the long-term survival of these legacy carriers will require bridging the gap in unit costs that separates them from their lower priced competition. This is not a precise science, however, as recent efforts by the traditional airlines to cut costs have measured results ranging from mild success to dismal failure. So what options are in line for these long-established carriers to regain some of their competitiveness?

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The rising East: Opportunities and challenges for pilots in Indonesia
Published: 2012-11-30

As looming financial difficulties continue to hinder the growth of airlines in Europe and North America, Indonesia is seeing something of a tenacious revival. Aviation has long been the backbone of transportation in the SE-Asian country owing to its wide geographical dispersion and severe lack of regional transport alternatives. Indeed, by 2030 the archipelago nation is predicted to hold over half of the total aircraft units in the ASEAN group of states. This is being fuelled largely by ongoing passenger growth, which has amounted to between 15 and 25 percent over the past five years. Such a transformation will of course warrant sizable growth in flight crew numbers and efforts to stave off the ineffectiveness of current pilot training institutions. However, with the wealth of opportunities presented to foreign pilots, we ask the question: what can one expect from a career in Indonesia?

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Tapping into the CIS market: Solutions offered by aviation leasing services
Published: 2012-11-23

Harnessing the growth potential of the aviation sector in the CIS will require a series of reforms starting from within the industry. Indeed, since the advent of market liberalisation in the region, the industry has undergone something of an all-embracing transformation as it looks to the west to modernise its operations and replace its aging fleets of soviet-era aircraft. Consistent with trends of recent years, air traffic in the CIS is predicted to grow by over 6 percent year-on-year until 2026, outstripping the world’s average rate of growth forecast for the same period. Tapping this potential and securing a stable and globally competitive industry for the region will be a formidable task, but the experts at AviationCV ask the question: what solutions can outsourced recruitment and aircraft wet-leasing offer for aviation in the region?

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Is national culture a peril to flight safety?
Published: 2012-11-16

Much scrutiny has been given to the human variables in air safety regulation over the years. Indeed, human factors continue to remain the leading dynamic in the causes of global airline accidents, highlighting the importance of crew resource management (CRM) in pilot training. Traditional CRM practices focused on professional and organisational culture with the aim of reducing human error. However, with the emergence of increasingly ‘stateless’ low-cost carriers and evermore pilots seeking work abroad, higher numbers of multiethnic flight crew are taking to the skies. Doubtlessly, safety is a universal value, but it raises the question whether the influence of national culture has its place in CRM or not.

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The unique dilemma of pilot shortages in business aviation
Published: 2012-11-09

Once the preserve of a very select few, business jetliners are proving increasingly sought after as global economic integration carries on unimpeded. Indeed, central to the global pilot shortage are very real concerns over the training deficiencies in business aviation. While only a mere four percent of trainee pilots opt to pursue a career in the sector, the demand for business jets is expected to grow by 10 percent year-on-year. Abating this shortfall will require solutions to address the supply of qualified pilots in the industry. However, the experts at AviationCV.com are quick to assert this measure is not positively straightforward, as business jet pilots embody an array of skills independent from their airline counterparts.

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Preparing for the colder months: a winter of opportunity for pilots?
Published: 2012-11-01

For contractual pilots, the seasonality of the airline industry continues to hold bearing on the number of flying jobs available. Indeed, the onset of winter often heralds significant hardship for jobless pilots as airlines roll back their operations and charter companies dismiss unneeded staff. Moreover, last February marked a winter of discontent for European carriers, with the culmination of ongoing financial difficulties resulting in the collapse of both Malév and Spanair, amid wider industry losses and cut backs. However, despite the slower growth profile customary for European carriers over the colder months, the experts at AviationCV point out this doesn’t necessarily mean reduced opportunities for out-of-work pilots.

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The fate of the 737 Classics – Slimmer prospects for pilots in Europe?
Published: 2012-10-26

Increasingly fewer Boeing 737 Classics are taking to the skies as airlines in the EU strive for enhanced efficiency and compliance with stricter noise regulations. Facilitating this are downward pressures on new-build prices as both Airbus and Boeing seek to procure greater market share. Moreover, an accepted reduction in the useful service life of single-aisle jetliners (from 35 to 20 years) questions their ongoing viability. While the European air transport industry itself continues to expand, the prospects for newly rated 737CL pilots remain undetermined. Indeed, carriers are already phasing out the once ubiquitous 737 Classic (-300/-400/-500 series), in favour of the benefits afforded by the more modern 737NG and Airbus A320 variants, with the latter taking notably higher ground.

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Is there a way to tackle the surge of laser light attacks on pilots?
Published: 2012-10-19

A central element of air safety is the pilot’s unconstrained vision and situational awareness. Indeed, the alarming growth of handheld laser shining incidents on passing aircraft has sparked concern over the perilous hazards it presents. Across several countries, the problem has intensified exponentially with more than 4,500 reported cases in the UK over the past three years and 3,600 in the US for last year alone. The twelvefold increase in reported cases has even incited revisions to civil aviation laws, extending harsh penalties for culprits and enhanced monitoring near major airports. Attempts to curtail instances of pilots being targeted by handheld lasers have met with considerable success, but it gives rise to what alternative safeguards may exist for dealing with this matter.

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Unlocking opportunities in the East: Russia’s policy on foreign pilots
Published: 2012-10-12

The prospective global shortage in qualified airline pilots continues to remain a topical issue in terms of airlines’ strategic planning. Indeed, recent reports indicate the concern may bring winds of change to Russia’s prolonged ban on foreign pilot recruitment. Last week Russia’s Transport Minister, Maxim Sokolov, suggested that the country’s civil aviation industry currently faces a deficit of some 1,000 qualified pilots. His endorsement to scrap the prohibition on foreign pilots by 2013 may see an easing of the market gap if approved, but what implications does this pose for industrial relations and flight safety in the country?

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The raw flying experience: bush flying in Sub-Saharan Africa
Published: 2012-10-04

Bush flying through the more desolate parts of Africa remains a firm choice for pilots seeking raw, hands-on, unadulterated flying experience. Indeed, it has long been an attractive route for CPL holders fresh out of flight school looking to build up their flying hours. However, bush flying jobs have also managed to draw a sizable number of experienced airline pilots looking to escape the relative monotony of their work. Nowadays, there are opportunities for expat pilots in Africa with as little as 300 hours on a Cessna 208/210 or Beechcraft KA 100/200, although salaries remain somewhat low (ranging from $800 to $1700) for a joining co-pilot. Fitting to this theme, it raises the question: what challenges could one expect from a bush flying career in Sub-Saharan Africa?

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Culture Shock - tips for current & prospective expats in the rising aviation markets
Published: 2012-09-28

In the realm of aviation, the cultural dynamic continues to pose a host of implications for expatriate pilots both on and off the ground. Managing the inevitable culture shock faced by many pilots working in the rising aviation markets of the Gulf States and East Asia is an important factor for both expat pilots and prospective job-seekers themselves. Indeed, the downsides of cultural disorientation extend well beyond a simple faux pas at one end of the scale to encompass alarming legal ramifications on the other. But what factors should pilots consider prior to accepting an expatriate position?

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Banning expat pilots from India means better opportunities for domestic ones?
Published: 2012-09-21

As air transport constitutes a large and still growing industry it facilitates not only economic growth but also world trade, international investment and tourism.  The migration of pilots lies at the core of the on-going aviation industry globalization process. Job opportunities soar as airlines expand so the domestic skies become an attractive place for foreign pilots and India is among the most popular choices nowadays. AviationCV.com experts point out, that nearly 500 foreign pilots are currently working in various Indian aviation companies. However, by 2013 the local government would like to make the Indian aviation industry independent from the expat pilots.

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The alarming situation in the country further increases India’s dependence on foreign pilots
Published: 2012-09-14

During the last few months global media has been escalating the alarming situation in India. One may recall the recent story when a pilot’s mother stormed into the cockpit after failing to get a free ticket or an incident when business class passengers claimed to have been ejected from their seats to make way for staff members' families. The latest Air India pilots’ strike was the longest in the country’s history. Other alarming events include the strike held by the pilots of Kingsfisher Airlines, as well as cheating pilots during Boeing 787 training and many more.

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Pilot shortage in the past and presently – same issues, different approach to solving them
Published: 2012-09-10

The rapidly intensifying pilot shortage around the globe has been an issue for airlines for many years now.  AviationCV.com experts have gathered to review the history of that shortage in order to get a clearer picture of how aviation specialists chose to address the issue in the past and how they tend to approach it today. Hopefully it will provide some valuable insights into the most successful practices which can help carriers to handle the ever rising shortage in the future.

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Who is responsible for the working and living conditions of the migrating pilots?
Published: 2012-07-25

Being separated from your family, working and living in an unfamiliar country, having to adapt to a different culture – these are just some of the issues nowadays faced by many pilots around the world. With modern pilot job market becoming more globalised than ever, working far away from home is becoming an increasingly topical issue with regard to who is responsible for the working and living conditions of the migrating pilots.

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A major step is required from airlines to overcome the global pilot shortage
Published: 2012-07-20

Earlier this month Boeing issued a revised Current Market Overview containing an aviation industry forecast for the upcoming 19 years. The demand for new technicians during the past year decreased by almost 50 000, whilst the situation with regards to pilot shortage practically didn’t improve at all. This is yet another alarming notice for the industry, pointing towards the ineffectiveness of the current measures aimed at delivering a sufficient amount of skilful pilots.

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The growth in the USA and across the Asia-Pacific will counterbalance the abating demand in Europe
Published: 2012-07-13

The Eurozone troubles failing to vacate the continent for several years now have left many of its carriers no choice but to lick their financial wounds or exit the stage completely. January has been the most ferocious month for the aviation industry yet – Malev and Spanair – two considerably large European airlines went bankrupt, many other substantial companies, such as AirFrance/KLM, had to significantly cut costs and look for new ways to maintain stability. The bankruptcy of Spanair also had an intense impact on SAS. After the bankruptcy, the company, having owned 11 per cent of Spanair shares, incurred losses from the fallen share value. Other carriers currently facing difficulties are TAP Portugal and AirFrance/KLM. These airlines are eagerly awaiting the much needed financial injections from external investor

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The global aviation industry unites in the struggle with future HR-shortage
Published: 2012-07-05

For already several years the industry has been fiercely discussing the issue of the upcoming shortage of pilots and MRO specialists, which is fated to hamper the development of airlines, airports and other aviation-related segments of the travel industry. With the IATA to forecast more than  a triple increase in passenger traffic – up to 16 billion passengers by 2050 –  airlines will inevitably develop a keen desire to carry every single of those passengers. However, acquiring additional aircraft – one of the 34 000 forecasted by Boeing – is just the first (and maybe the easiest) step. Securing the necessary skilful human resources – this is the point where the entire industry should act unanimously – from airlines, MROs and HR-resourcing companies to manufacturers and governments.

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Aviation recruitment agencies - a staffing solution for MRO organizations
Published: 2012-06-29

Whether the aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market will reach the ICF SH&E-forecasted $76 billion point in 2021 or not, industry experts unanimously agree that the overall scope of aircraft maintenance sector worldwide will certainly surpass its current $48-50 billion value. Even though new generation aircraft require less technical support, the global demand for the MRO specialists is constantly increasing due to the growing number of aircraft as well as the accelerating retirement of the current aircraft specialists’ generation. The situation mirrors that prominent in the pilot market as MROs tend to increasingly seek the assistance of aviation-related recruitment agencies in order to gain access to the global specialists’ pool.

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The growing popularity of small and middle-size aircraft increases the demand for regional aircraft pilots
Published: 2012-06-21

This week Bombardier Aerospace issued its 20-year Commercial aircraft forecast, which clearly shows that regional aircraft will be almost as popular as larger aircraft with 100-149 seat capacity. According to the forecast the world will see up to 5900 new aircraft with 20-99 seat capacity by 2031. The figures indicate that whilst the demand for smaller aircraft will decline, the number of middle size aircraft may increase by over 170%, elevating the demand for regional aircraft operating pilots.

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Striking pilots shouldn't be afraid of losing their jobs
Published: 2012-06-15

The Indian national carrier – Air India (AI) – has been suffering from pilot’s strike for already over a month. After the court ruling disclaiming the legitimacy of the strike, the carrier has already sacked over 100 disobedient pilots and several hundreds of others are likely to face the same. However, fired pilots, who were struggling for the priority in the carrier’s Boeing 787 Training program, are unlikely to suffer continuous unemployment, since many other airlines are in lack of skilful pilots, especially in the Asian-Pacific region.

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An airline’s bankruptcy doesn’t necessarily mean unemployment for the crew
Published: 2012-06-08

Despite desperately seeking for ways to avoid bankruptcy, in February 2012 the Hungarian air carrier Malev was ordered by the court to start company’s liquidation. As a result, about 200 carrier’s pilots were left without work. However, increasing financial turbulence for some airlines doesn’t necessarily spell hard times for their pilots.
As soon as Malev Hungarian Airlines were declared insolvent, other European market players started planning route and flight expansions in order to occupy the newly deserted Hungarian market, which had served al

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Pilot strikes devour airlines form within
Published: 2012-05-30

In the beginning of May 150 Air India pilots went on an indefinite strike, opposing the carrier’s promotion and type retraining policies thus causing dozens of flight cancelations. In the era of fluctuating sky-high oil prices, burdened by the need to reshape their business strategies, airlines are more than ever vulnerable to protest actions from their crews.The Air India pilots have now been striking for almost a month, costing their carrier millions of dollars in losses, adding even more financial stress on the already heavily debt-laden airline. Some European carriers are also struggling to find a compromise between business optimisation and the demands of the pilots. For instance, for some time now Spanish Iberia has been struggling to reach common ground with its crew r

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Crew lease as a way for airlines to adjust according to the seasonal changes
Published: 2012-05-15

Due to the accelerating summer season air travel demand, airlines worldwide are naturally keen to expand their fleets and destinations. This, along with general expansion plans, alters many airlines’ fleets, which, though, may be relatively easily covered by the airline-to-airline or third-party aircraft lease. Regardless whether it is a season-based decision or the need to expand the fleet due to a freshly added route, the question is who will operate the newly leased airplanes.

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The urge to go green in aviation may lead to changes in the pilot market
Published: 2012-05-09

In 2011 the European authorities have decided to include the air transportation industry in the Emissions Trading System (ETS), by enforcing airlines to pay for the aircraft CO2 emissions. However, the new regulation which is designed to reduce the pollution caused by airlines by almost 50% till 2020 has been greeted controversially by other market players. China has even decided to suspend all new large Airbus aircraft orders placed by the national air carriers. This, along with other ‘green’ initiatives, may naturally affect many different aviation sectors, including the global pilot market.

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Final applicants to join the AviationCV Cadet Program 2012
Published: 2012-05-04

AviationCV.com has announced, that the period during which all candidates could apply for the 2012 Cadet Program of Type and Line Training for pilots is now over. The program, which was launched just 6 months ago, has attracted an unanticipated number of applicants from the entire Europe thus confirming the utmost importance of such projects for the aviation industry.

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The issue of pilots' age remains to be a topical discussion in aviation
Published: 2012-04-26

In February 2012 the LOT London-Warsaw flight was grounded due to the ‘over 60’ pilots who should have operated the aircraft. Though the ICAO regulations state that pilots are allowed to operate an aircraft up till the age 65, still the global aviation society doesn’t have a unanimous approach to the issue.
For many decades pilots from many countries around the world were forced to retire at 60, until the new regulations were adopted by the ICAO, pushing the age limit to 65. The review of the international age requirements was issued in 2006, allowing for one pilot to be up to 65 (provided that the other pilot

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Next generation aircraft may increase the pilot demand for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737
Published: 2012-04-20

Since the middle of the 20th century, the two leading aircraft manufacturers have already delivered more than 21 000 of airplanes worldwide.  With aviation industry expanding in every region, airlines are constantly increasing their aircraft demand.  With more than 8000 orders to be fulfilled by the aircraft manufacturers in the near future, which aircraft types will be the most popular on the global pilot market?

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A pilot’s shift starts long before the cockpit
Published: 2012-04-13

According to Airports Council International (ACI), in 2010 global aviation industry companies served over 5 billion passengers. Many of them still embrace the tradition to clap after a smooth and safe landing, expressing their gratitude for the pilot’s job ‘well done’. But do passengers realize that the pilot’s working day does not begin and does not end with his performance in the cockpit?

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Superstitions and good luck signs in aviation
Published: 2012-04-05

Every year people all over the world celebrate April Fools’ Day by playing different jokes and hoaxes on each other. Despite the common belief that failing to trick someone on All Fools’ may bring bad luck, the 1st of April is just another ordinary day for aviation professionals who cannot risk celebrating it due to flight safety issues. However, it does not mean that flight crew members ignore superstitions altogether. On the contrary, as in most professions that are considered to be relatively high-risk and require utmost responsibility, aviation specialists have some prejudices that might seem odd to the rest of mankind.

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Airlines should reconsider their FCM policy, since fatigue is becoming an alarming flight safety issue
Published: 2012-03-30

According to the survey conducted by the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), more than 40% of the polled pilots have (at least once) fallen asleep during a flight, revealing the warning fact - an alarming number of flight crew members (FCM) suffer from excessive fatigue. Since pilots’ performance depends on their firm control and strong focus during the flight, overwork and sleepiness are becoming the major flight safety issues.

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Asian-Pacific region is setting trends in the global pilot market
Published: 2012-03-27

According to Boeing, the global fleet will almost double in less than two decades, with Asia leading the process and outstripping North America by approx. 4000 new airplanes. Along with the new aircraft deliveries the number of pilots in the Asian-Pacific region will  increase by up to 183 000 while in North America the growth in demand should not exceed 83 000. With the new global aviation centres emerging in the Eastern parts of the world, the demand for flight crew fluctuates depending on different regions.

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Fraud is an increasingly alarming issue in global pilot market
Published: 2012-03-14

In November 2011 Indian Civil Aviation authorities disclosed a highly disturbing fact – approx. 40 local flight schools were operating with a “blatant disregard” for norms and regulations. Unfortunately, this situation only proves an unsettling trend – the global aviation expansion, burdened by the shortage of highly qualified pilots, has triggered an increase in flight crew members with insufficient knowledge and experience or even counterfeit licenses.

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Global pilot migration process won’t succeed without proper Aviation English
Published: 2012-03-06

In February 2012 China’s aviation industry representatives, along with their international partners, conducted the All-China Pilot Job Fair in Florida, which captured the attention of more than 1000 US pilots. The lack of balance in the global pilot market has caused some flight crew ’nationality’ issues, basically in the form of making current flight crews increasingly multilingual and multicultural. Unless the industry invests in providing proper Aviation English training, they may be forced to face a number of safety issues.

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Young pilots’ dream to fly is subject to many additional requirements
Published: 2012-02-28

In February 2012 Boeing signed a record-braking $22.4 billion order for 230 Boeing 737s. Aviation market is currently recovering after the latest consecutive economic crises and the number of new aircraft orders is rapidly increasing.  However, it is still unclear who will pilot the expanding global aircraft fleet in the near future.

In order to pilot Boeing 737 some airlines require the candidates to produce records a total equal to at least 2000 real flight hours, 500 hours of which must be spent while operating a certain aircraft type. However, it is an unattainable task for young pilots. ’Usually a person who has recently gained a private pilot license doesn’t have more than 200 flight hours. In the meantime, according to EASA requirements, in order to command a multi-pilot commercial aircraft you need to have ATPL wi

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Gediminas Žiemelis: Selecting the optimal engine for the A320 NEO: the PW1100G GTF or the CFMI-Leap-X?
Published: 2012-02-23

The discussions among aviation experts in western media regarding the potential winner in the A320 NEO engine race are rapidly gaining acceleration. There seems to be two major competitors that are currently closest to the finishing line: the Pratt & Whitney produced PW1100G GTF and the markedly improved new generation CFMI (CFMI-Leap-X). With respect to the declared fuel characteristics and operating efficiency, Avia Solutions Group experts point out, that the present aircraft technical maintenance and support market is 5-6 times larger than the newly-delivered engine market. They also maintain that most of the expenses associated with the overall A320 NEO – operational costs will be related to engine technical maintenance, repair and fuel costs. Hence choosing the right engine requires a thorough analysis encompassing all aspects of airline activities.

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Lack of cooperation among the cabin crew members may lead to flight safety breach
Published: 2012-02-16

According to the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) statistics, the cause of 60-70% of all airplane accidents and incidents are related to ’human factor’.  Stress, irritability, fatigue and even pilots’ arrogance towards other staff may take its toll on aircraft crew members during the flight and thus contribute towards a lowered attention span. In order to minimize these risk factors aircraft operators should regularly apply relevant team building programs.

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Die ersten Piloten haben am Nachwuchsprogramm von AviationCV.com teilgenommen
Published: 2012-02-16

In den wenigen Monate seit seiner Einführung hat das AviationCV.com Piloteanwärterprogramm zunehmend großes Interesse erfahren. An den Programmen für Pilotenausbildung und Linienausbildung haben bisher neun Piloten aus Portugal, Spanien, Italien, Frankreich, Deutschland, Großbritannien und den Niederlanden teilgenommen. Diese Programme dienen nicht nur dem Erwerb der  Typenqualifikation B737 CL oder A320 und dem Absolvieren von über 500 Flugstunden, sondern ermöglichen den Absolventen darüber hinaus eine Anstellung bei Fluggesellschaften für mindestens sechs Jahre. Weitere 200 Kandidaten warten auf die nächste Vorauswahl.

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Les premiers pilotes ont rejoint le Programme destiné aux cadets d’AviationCV.com
Published: 2012-02-16

Depuis son lancement il y a quelques mois seulement, le Programme de formation de pilotage destiné aux cadets d’AviationCV.com a reçu une attention grandissante de jour en jour. Neuf pilotes en provenance du Portugal, d'Espagne, d'Italie, de France, d'Allemagne, de Grande-Bretagne et des Pays-Bas ont déjà rejoint le Programme éducatif et de formation de pilotage destiné aux cadets ainsi que le Programme de formation en ligne. Les programmes ne permettront pas seulement aux pilotes d’obtenir une qualification de type B737 CL ou A320 ainsi que plus de 500 heures d'expérience de vol, mais également de faire carrière en tant que pilote dans une compagnie aérienne pendant au moins 6 ans. Quelque 200 candidats sont déjà en attente du prochain examen de sélection.

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Primi piloti iscritti al Corso Cadetti di AviationCV.com
Published: 2012-02-16

Dal suo lancio avvenuto qualche mese fa, il Corso per Cadetti Piloti della AviationCV.com ha ricevuto una sempre maggiore attenzione. Già 9 piloti provenienti da Portogallo, Spagna, Italia, Francia, Germania, Gran Bretagna e Paesi Bassi si sono iscritti al Corso Cadetti Piloti Training /Educational e al Line Training Program. I corsi non solo permetteranno ai piloti di ottenere la qualifica B737 CL o la A320 oltre a più di 500 ore di esperienza di volo ma anche di poter vivere una carriera da pilota in una compagnia aerea per almeno 6 anni. Altri 200 candidati sono in attesa dell’inizio della prossima selezione.

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First pilots have joined the AviationCV.com Cadet Program
Published: 2012-02-08

Since its launch just few months ago, the AviationCV.com Cadet Pilot Program has been receiving more and more attention. The Pilot Training/Educational Cadet Program and the Line Training Program have already been joined by 9 pilots from Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the Great Britain and the Netherlands. The programs will not only enable pilots to gain the B737 CL or A320 type of qualification and more than 500 hours of flying experience but will also allow them to enjoy a pilot career in airlines for at least 6 years. Another 200 candidates are waiting for the next screening to begin.

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What mistakes should be avoided by a pilot preparing for his initial contact with a potential employer?
Published: 2012-02-01

For many years now airlines as well as other pilot recruitment agencies have been conducting pilot screening and selection procedures. As a result, they have come up with a list of mistakes most frequently made by candidates. AviationCV.com has observed that many candidates fail to land a job simply because of a poor introduction or an inadequate resume containing minor elementary mistakes or incorrect information.

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Pilots holding PPLs could fill the niche of commercial aviation pilots in Europe
Published: 2012-01-26

According to the data gathered by Civil Aviation Administrations in 18 European countries, there are about 114 thousand pilots holding PPL, ATPL and CPL licenses for operating aircraft and helicopters in the continent at the moment. The most popular type of license in both aircraft and helicopter markets is the Private Pilot License owned by 48 thousand pilots. The ATPL enjoys a slightly lower popularity with 33 thousand license holders in the region. In the meantime, the number of experienced pilots holding CPL licenses amount to 24.5 thousand only. AviationCV.com experts maintain that if the European market demand for pilots continues to increase by 4600 each year (as is expected), the existing CPL/ATPL license holders could fully satisfy the growing need for pilots in the region.

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A thorough background check is a crucial step in pilot employment process
Published: 2012-01-13

For airlines thorough pilot background checks are becoming a concurrent practice in the process of selecting their staff. Such checks ensure that potential employees are highly qualified, experienced and conscientious. However, in aviation practice one can find a number of deceptive resumes as well as examples of negligent background checks. Aviation market players must seek for ways to adjust the process in order to make sure that pilots with faulty information on their resumes fail to find their way into the industry.

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Is the psychological state of pilots still solely their own responsibility?
Published: 2012-01-04

Air passenger safety depends on many factors, such as aircraft technical state, air conditions, pilot qualification and experience as well as his psychological readiness. 70% of aircraft accidents, however, are still attributed to human error, mainly due to tense and strenuous working conditions. Some pilots, when faced with a critical situation, tend to act spontanously, while others fail to avoid panic and simply cease reacting to advice given by the remaining cabin crew members. One of the key reasons for such an unfortunate scenario is the fact that most pilot training institutions, airlines and medical boards see pilots as humans who implicitely follow all given instructions and commands while ignoring their emotional state. In the meantime, in the particular line of work psychological readiness is no less important.

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The Eurozone crisis is to affect pilot markets in the emerging economies
Published: 2011-12-15

The increasing concern about the possibility that the current Eurozone crisis might evolve into a ‘second wave’ of recession has caused the IATA to announce revisions to its aviation industry outlook. In a worst case scenario in 2012 the industry might have to suffer losses of up to USD 8 billion, while a slightly more optimistic one suggests that the losses should not exceed USD 1.4 billion. European carriers are by far in the most challenging position. AviationCV.com experts maintain that if they are forced to cut the number of employees, Asian Pacific airlines will attempt to seize the opportunity to solve the issue of pilot shortage.

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Due to obvious shortfall in human resources airlines may fail to realize their ambitious plans
Published: 2011-12-08

The lack of highly qualified and experienced pilots is becoming an increasingly sore subject in the global aviation industry. However, it seems that it does not interfere with the ambitious fleet expansion plans airlines are set to implement. Air Asia have recently ordered 300 brand new Airbus A320 neo aircraft whilst Lion Air followed with 230 Boeing 737 and is planning to place an order for another 150 units - this deal will be the largest commercial airplane order ever in Boeing's history. AviationCV.com experts anticipate that by squeezing out even the slightest reserve from the European and North American markets the Asian region cause a vacuum effect in the entire global pilot marketplace. Furthermore, by increasing the competition and thus upsetting the pilot salary balance it will also exacerbate the problem.

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Is there a way to uniform the JAA and FAA licensing requirements?
Published: 2011-12-02

The two largest pilot licensing institutions – the European Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) and the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - have so far been adamant about sticking to different licensing standards and have refused to accept licenses issued by one another. However, although licenses issued by both agencies are considered to be valid in many countries around the world, pilots holding the JAA issued license cannot fly within the United States and vice versa. In this age of globalization this situation causes many issues and there are more and more professionals encouraging both agencies to standardise the existing licensing procedures.

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Avia Solutions Group established new representative office in Kuala Lumpur
Published: 2011-11-30

Avia Solutions Group, a group of business aviation companies, together with its subsidiary FL Technics is further strengthening its position in the global aviation technical support and maintenance market and is set to open its first representative office in Kuala Lumpur by the end of this year.

‘FL Technics aims at becoming a local company operating globally; therefore establishing an office in the Asia Pacific region marks the fulfilment of one of the strategic steps towards encompassing the company’s vision. The current forecasts suggest that the thoroughly planned entrance into the Asian market shall certainly pay off. The regional demand for aviation services is on a stable increase and the company cannot miss out on its own piece of the pie.’, - exp

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Asian aviation market is faced with continuously increasing demand for highly qualified pilots
Published: 2011-11-24

Aviation experts expect that in the next twenty years’ time around half of all flights will be directed to and from the Asian-Pacific region. Naturally, local carriers will have to treble their aircraft fleet thus raising the demand for pilots to 183 thousand. According to the data provided by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), currently the existing training institutions prepare only 3200 pilots out of the required 9150 which constitutes merely 35% of the entire yearly demand. However, the biggest problem that the region and its carriers are faced with at the moment is a shortage of highly qualified pilots. According to the Chinese business media, it may take up to 12 years to train one and airlines are reluctant to wait until local training institutions will at least be partly able to satisfy the demand.  As a result, they tend to look for more experienced pilots abroad.

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Pilot psychological readiness is the underlying factor in a pilot’s career
Published: 2011-11-08

Although these days aircrafts are being equipped with increasingly modern technologies 70% of air accidents can still be attributed to human error. For quite a while now commercial carriers have assumed the responsibility for ensuring that only both physically and mentally prepared pilots operate flights. However, the extremely intense and attention demanding position also requires a person fitting a certain psychological profile. Despite the utmost attention paid to pilot qualification and experience requirements the psychological preparedness and scrutinized candidate selection are still not included in most of the pilot training programs.

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Old school pilots versus young generation. Pros and cons
Published: 2011-10-28

The question of the legal retirement age for pilots remains a highly debatable issue in the aviation employment sector. The ICAO considers that captains and pilots-in-command are fully capable of flying at the age of 60-65 and this policy is included in the national laws of many countries. Despite the more or less commonly used practice the disputes among pilots and airlines regarding the issue are as loud as ever. Should the pilots keep flying beyond 60 or should they give way to young generation of pilots?

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Sky is not too high for ambitious female pilots
Published: 2011-10-20

Although aviation industry employs many women men still tend to dominate in the pilot market. With the air transportation becoming more intensive and the growing need to eliminate schedule disruptions airlines pay attention not only to retraining the existing pilots and addressing young cadets but also to women pilots, noticed AviationCV.com
Since the first license issued to a female pilot 101 years ago when merely 3% of all pilots were women the situation has not changed much. Today female pilots account for 6 % of all pilots in the market. However small the percentage, it is inclined to grow.

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There‘s a strong correlation between pilot experience and safety
Published: 2011-10-13

Heavy traffic in aviation is the reason behind many accidents as on an average an airport sustains a landing or a take-off every two minutes. While airlines offer the best opportunities, pilots face strong competition for the jobs. At the same time airlines seek to make bigger profits, and, in the climate of fierce competition, the utilisation of their main assets (aircraft and people) is stretched to the maximum. Lack of experienced pilots, oversupply of young cadets and increasing air traffic flows face airlines with important decisions: to hire the most experienced pilot or a less experienced one, but with a lower salary and how to ensure the safety in this situation?

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Aviation market faces shortage of experienced pilots and turns to young cadets
Published: 2011-10-04

A daily growth in passenger flows and constantly increasing aircraft fleet spell new challenges to the entire aviation industry. Extra strict flight security regulations mean ascending qualification requirements for pilots which, in its turn, results in shortage of experienced flight captains within the market. However, airlines are reluctant to invest their own resources in young cadets. It begs the question whether in the nearest future we will still be able to feel safely on board.

Nowadays aviation industry counts a little more than 230 thousand pilots. According to Boeing prognosis, in 2011-2030 airlines will require on average 23 thousand pilots every year. In Europe the demand will reach more than 92 thousand, i.e. around 4600 pilots per year.

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Gediminas Ziemelis: Avia Solutions Group recognised as the best international transport company in Russia
Published: 2011-09-16

Avia Solutions Group, a group of business aviation companies, received the 'Golden Chariot' public award for the outstanding performance in international transport industry in Russia. On the 12th of September 2012 the award was presented to Avia Solutions Group chairman of the board Gediminas Ziemelis in Kremlin Palace, Moscow.

„We highly appreciate the fact, that Avia Solutions Group was honoured with the international transport industry public award „Golden Chariot". This year has so far been one of the most innovative for Avia Solutions Group. We have extended our capabilities in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the CIS region. I believe that our top-level technical personnel, highly skilled risk management team, the necessary infrastructure, a wide spectrum of services provided internation

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An increasing demand for cabin crews boosts cabin crew training and leasing services
Published: 2011-08-19

AviationCV.com experts observe that an intensifying air traffic and a very optimistic forecast regarding a significant aircraft fleet expansion until 2030 suggest an inevitable growth in pilot market. If the coming 20 years period sees an aircraft fleet rise to the predicted 39000 ps., airlines will be faced with the need to employ over 460000  pilots, i.e. approx. 23000 new pilots every year. One of the largest growths in pilot markets is anticipated in Europe and the CIS where the demand for new pilots is expected to increase up to 102 thousand in the next 20 years.

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Demand for pilots in the near future will increase and the requirements will be raised
Published: 2010-10-21

The aviation business world intensely discusses that the economic recession, which caused the stagnation of the aviation, is over, and now the attention is drawn to the rapidly growing need for pilots and rising requirements for pilot qualification.

The Head of Lithuanian pilot training academy Baltic Aviation Academy FTO (initial pilot training school) Indre Sveistryte states that world aviation professionals are nowadays working on two issues – shortage of pilots and their qualification.

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BAA Starts Airbus A320 Type Rating Training »
Published: 2010-06-14

The aviation specialists training centre Baltic Aviation Academy (Lithuania) added Airbus A320 type to its Tape Rating training list and has become the fastest-growing aviation training centre in the Eastern European region.
The ground school is conducted at Baltic Aviation Academy facilities in Vilnius by the high qualified instructors’ team from Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Germany, and Austria. Academy operates the network of full flight simulators in Lithuania, Spain, France, USA, Bulgaria, Germany, and United Kingdom.

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BAA Starts Embraer Type Rating Training » BAA
Published: 2010-06-08

Aviation training center Baltic Aviation Academy (Lithuania) expanded its capability list by adding Embraer 145 type rating courses and became the first approved type rating training organization (TRTO) in the Baltic region to start training program for this type of aircraft.
In May 2010 the Lithuanian Civil Aviation Administration has issued to the Baltic Aviation Academy an approval certificate to operate the type rating training for Embraer ERJ-145 family aircraft (ERJ 135/140/145).
The ground training courses will be organized at Baltic Aviation Academy facilities in Vilnius.

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