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Emirates Flight Training Academy graduates its first international cadet

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Young Bahraini aviator’s inspirational journey highlights the importance of female role models in aviation

Dubai, UAE, 9 March 2022: The story of Bayan Al Turabi, Emirates Flight Training Academy’s first international cadet pilot to graduate, is one that celebrates women in aviation, and highlights the importance of female role models.

Bayan’s inspirational journey as a cadet at the Emirates Flight Training Academy is a story of determination and success, and a testament of a ‘dream come true’. Watch here as Bayan shares her personal story and credits her sister (also a certified pilot) for giving her the confidence to look at a career in aviation. Growing up in Bahrain, Bayan lived in a house located between the airport and the sea, and that’s when her love story with travel and aviation began. Bayan’s family encouraged her and her siblings to aspire for, and achieve whatever they set their hearts on, telling them nothing is impossible.

When asked about why she decided to become a pilot, Bayan had this sentimental story to share: “From a very young age, I had an extreme urge of wanting to explore the world. Since I had never met a female pilot growing up, considering a career in aviation was never an option for me. Until I witnessed my sister fly a plane as a pilot for the first time, hearing her voice through the PA presented a new potential for me to combine my passion for travel, with an established career in flying. Seeing her earn her stripes along the way inspired and encouraged me to follow in her footsteps.”

“I hope that by sharing my story, I can encourage more young women to consider aviation as their careers too, or at least let them know that they can reach for their own dreams and blue skies, if they set their hearts and minds on it.”

On training at the Emirates Flight Training Academy and what made it unique, Bayan said: “The training programme at EFTA is different, as we don’t only train on single-engine piston aircraft, but also on jet aircraft, which is something not found in most pilot training academies. In addition to the 6 fully-motioned simulators, which provide you with a realistic experience of flying an actual plane, the EFTA instructors also give us tremendous support as they guide us through our trainings, shape our skills, and prepare us as up-and-coming Captains in the long run. I have also developed lifelong friendships with my cadet colleagues, extending beyond the walls of the academy.”

Capt. Abdulla Al Hammadi, Vice President of Emirates Flight Training Academy said this about Bayan and the Academy’s efforts in the world of pilot training: “EFTA is committed to providing opportunities for all the ambitious and enthusiastic youth to become pilots. Our academy offers a world-leading training programme for commercial pilots which is delivered by experienced instructors who come from all over the world. It’s not only about our advanced training methods and technologies, but also our inclusive learning environment that’s open and accepting of all qualified candidates. EFTA is proud that our first international student to graduate is a very competent young female aviator. Bayan is smart, ambitious and diligent. I believe she has a promising future and lots of potential to contribute to the aviation industry. The reality is that the world is facing a worldwide shortage of pilots, and here at EFTA, it is our goal to contribute to the global aviation industry by grooming future generations of accomplished and ambitious pilots, from the UAE to the world.”

About Emirates Flight Training Academy:

Located in Dubai South, the Emirates Flight Training Academy was launched by Emirates in 2017 to qualify UAE nationals and international students to become pilots. The Academy combines cutting-edge learning technologies and a modern fleet of 27 training aircraft (Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston aircraft and Embraer Phenom 100EV very light jet aircraft) to train cadets with no previous knowledge of flying.

Cadets are trained using simulators, single and multi-engine aircraft; and are provided with theoretical knowledge of the aviation industry to facilitate their transition into the airline business. The Emirates Flight Training Academy underscores Emirates’ commitment as a global leader in aviation, to train and mentor pilots and meet the future talent requirements of the aviation industry.

The Emirates Flight Training Academy offers more than just an extensive training programme. Its state-of-the-art facility, which is equal to 200 football fields, also provides students with incredible amenities. With 36 modern ground classrooms, an independent Air Traffic Control Tower, and a dedicated 1,800 m long runway, cadet pilots can learn, train and fly successfully without having to leave the Academy’s premises.

For more information visit: www.emiratesflighttrainingacademy.com

About Emirates

The Emirates story started in 1985 when we launched operations with just two aircraft. Today, we fly the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering our customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies.

We inspire travelers around the world with our growing network of worldwide destinations, industry leading inflight entertainment, regionally inspired cuisine, and world-class service.

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