Gama Aviation has signed a partnership agreement with CAE. The agreement will address the new interpretation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part-FCL requirements regarding base training.
Gama Aviation has established its own Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Approved Training Organisation (ATO) which meets the CAA requirement that as "the base training is part of the approved Type Rating course ... it must be completed under the control of an ATO." Gama Aviation launched this ATO to meet the needs of its own roster of more than 450 pilots. However, the company will also be extending the service to other operators.
One benefit of the new partnership is that Gama can provide candidates with access to up to 30 different aircraft types. The new interpretation of the regulations came into effect on 30 June 2015 and Gama and CAE have already certified over 50 pilots.
Hamish Ross, Head of Flight Training of Gama Aviation Training said: "As a business we place a huge emphasis on training, across all aspects of our operations. We demand the highest standards and that is why we have established our own ATO which adds another chapter to our very successful long term relationship with CAE."
The agreement between the two companies builds on a long standing relationship under which CAE provided Type Rating simulator training for Gama Aviation's pilots. The formal arrangement will now ensure that pilots are able to carry out both their simulator and base training of take offs and landing under a single umbrella.
A further benefit for CAE is that the agreement with Gama will enable their simulator instructors to spend more time in the aircraft which will be to the advantage of both them and the pilots they are training.