Hungary’s Ministry of Innovation and Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Norwegian-based Pilot Flight Academy on the establishment of a new pilot training centre in Hévíz, in western Hungary.
Under the agreement, Norwegian companies will invest 15 million euros in setting up the academy at the local airport. The centre will offer two-year flight training programmes to cadets of the Visegrad Group countries starting in 2020.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, state secretary László György said the academy would bring a high value-added training programme to Hungary that would prepare cadets for “a profession of the future”. He said the European Union was in need of some 7,000 pilots, only half of which could be recruited through current pilot training programmes.
Frode Granlund, head of the Pilot Flight Academy, said there were some 350 cadets studying at their Norwegian academy. He said one of the reasons why the programme was needed was that more and more pilots were retiring from airline flying. The Pilot Flight Academy is in constant contact with airlines, he added.
Featured photo illustration by Pilot Flight Academy’s Facebook page