Russia to halve training time for airline pilots

August 31, 2011

The Russian aviation authorities are considering halving the training time for the country’s airline pilots in a bid to head off a looming shortage of aircrew in civil aviation, Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Russia’s Transport Ministry thinks the current course structure, which is a leftover from the Soviet era, is too long and the ministry wants to introduce a western-style Multicrew Pilot’s License (MPL) course, in line with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines, Izvestia says, quoting ministry sources.

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