BAA Training has relaunched the practical flight training portion of its programmes using Cessna 172S aircraft at S.Dariaus and S.Girėno aerodrome in Kaunas, Lithuania. The action follows a decision by the Government of Lithuania to ease some of the Covid-19 quarantine restrictions.
“We consider reopening of the flight base in Lithuania to be of key importance to our students, instructors, employees and other aviation staff,” said Egle Vaitkeviciute, CEO at BAA Training.
BAA, a member of Avia Solutions Group, claims to be one of the three largest independent aviation training centres in Europe. They also have training operations at the Lleida-Alguaire and Castellón airports in Spain, which remain on government-imposed lockdown.
BAA successfully moved to virtual theoretical training and virtual school exams in the middle of March and was one of the first training centres in Europe to replace theoretical training in classrooms with virtual studies.
Providing initial pilot training since 2009 and collaborating with major airlines for cadet training programs since 2016, BAA Training currently counts over 320 students at its ab initio school.
“Looking forward to the nearest future, when hopefully at least some of the airlines will start renewing flights and governments will find a way to open the borders as safely as possible, we expect the growing need for not only ab initio training, but also for recurrent training and, in particular, recency training. With the four Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 full-flight simulators in Lithuania and two Airbus full-flight simulators in Vietnam, we have capabilities to meet the upcoming need for pilot training in Europe and Vietnam”, Vaitkeviciute added.
To minimise the Covid-19 risks and ensure the safety of students, instructors, employees, and aerodrome workers, BAA has introduced these measures:
- Disinfection liquid in all briefing rooms, aircraft hangars and other training premises;
- Mandatory use of approved masks and single-use gloves during flights and on aerodrome premises;
- Disinfection of the aircraft following strict instructions;
- Disinfection of all aerodrome premises operated by the academy according to the recommendations of Lithuania's Ministry of Health;
- Disinfection of shuttle busses after student transfer between Vilnius and Kaunas.