As part of its ongoing efforts to support the aerospace community during the coronavirus pandemic, the Airbus Training Center in Miami (ATC) launched an A320 Type Rating Qualification course scholarship for student pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians in the United States.

The initiative is part of a collaboration between the Miami ATC, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Women in Aviation International, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Lynn University to further support the aviation industry’s diversity and future needs.

In total, 16 students will benefit from the scholarships. The pilot students will be qualified to fly an A320 upon successful completion of the training, and the maintenance students will have the opportunity for becoming candidates for entry-level maintenance positions with Airbus’ airlines and MRO customers.

In response to the pandemic, Airbus Americas has mobilized support for their local communities through initiatives such as this scholarship. Other efforts include food drives, donation campaigns of food, first aid and personal protective equipment – including 3D-printed face shields and disposable and reusable facemasks for frontline responders.

The Airbus Training Center in Miami, Florida, provides training for Airbus customers’ flight and cabin crew as well as maintenance personnel. The Miami Airbus Training Center trains approximately 2,200 trainees a year. Trainees come from all over the world, although the majority are from Airbus operators in the United States, Canada and Latin America.