Etihad Airways is establishing the Etihad Flight College, a flight training facility in the United Arab Emirates for Emirati and international cadet pilots. As a first step in establishing this college, Etihad Airways is in the process of acquiring the fixed wing training division from Horizon International Flight Academy (Horizon). The assets to be acquired include 13 Cessna 172SP Skyhawk aircraft, three Diamond DA42NG aircraft, two flight training simulators and Horizon's hangar facilities at Al Ain International Airport. All fixed wing flight instructors and some support staff currently employed by Horizon will transfer to the Etihad Flight College ensuring there is no disruption to the ongoing cadet pilot training programs.
Etihad Flight College will also implement the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) and will be the first organisation in the world to use multi-engine aircraft in the core phase of its MPL training program.