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Flybe trainees first to graduate from Dutch pilot training organisation

29 NOVEMBER 2014

Leading regional airline becomes first to successfully establish MPL programme with partners in the Netherlands

Four Flybe trainee pilots have become the first to be awarded a Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) by the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority in the Netherlands following their  successful completion of Stella Aviation International’s inaugural Dutch MPL course. David Taylor (British), Kasper Petersen (Danish), Andrea Malavisi (Italian) and Richard Van Leeuwen (Dutch) were presented with their pilot licences by Flybe’s Director of Flight Operations, Captain Ian Baston, and Captain Rene Zwarteveen, CEO of Stella Aviation International at a formal presentation at Flybe’s Training Academy in Exeter, England.

The two year MPL programme was developed by Stella Aviation International in partnership with Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline,   as a result of the carrier’s desire to broaden its pilot recruitment catchment and increase its potential number of ab-initio recruits from across Europe.

Steve Deverall, Flybe Training Manager – Regulations & Development commented: “The MPL programme requires a training provider and an airline to jointly develop and oversee the training programme. Traditionally these partnerships have been between companies from the same country. What we have achieved in this instance is a landmark partnership across two European member states.

“We are delighted to have developed this programme with Stella Aviation International. As the first airline to establish an MPL pilot programme in the UK in 2010, we are very pleased to have now extended our partnerships across Europe and become the first airline to establish an MPL programme in the Netherlands.
“Today marks the culmination of two years of high quality training tailored specifically to the needs of a Flybe Q400 First Officer at Stella’s training centres in Teuge and Maastricht (Netherlands), Istanbul (Turkey) and at Flybe’s own Training Academy in Exeter (UK). Having met the high standards expected and been successful in gaining their pilot licences, these four trainee pilots will now commence their flying duties on Flybe’s environmentally efficient Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the largest fleet of this aircraft type in Europe.”
Captain Rene Zwarteveen, CEO of Stella Aviation International said; “The MPL programme is the future for aviation training. The quality and standard of the MPL is much greater than any of the other flying programmes currently available, due to customer-tailored training and added items such as Upset Recovery Training done in Pitt Specials and Full Flight Simulators. For all concerned, both students as well as instructors, this programme has proven to be very challenging but also very effective in achieving a much higher standard with lower costs and shorter a training programme.”
Frank van Vught, CFI of Stella Aviation International added: “We at Stella have been very pleased with the whole process of candidate selection, the support of Flybe and the Dutch CAA during the training phase and, finally, by the outcome of the training with four excellent candidates doing everybody proud by successfully completing the course.  One of the most important factors contributing to the overall success of this programme has been the careful selection process where only the most suitable candidates have been picked to mold into Flybe F/O’s.”
The student pilots will now undertake a further four weeks of intense flying training before taking up their positions as fully-fledged First Officers with Flybe.

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Notes to Editors:
About Flybe

  • Flybe is Europe's largest regional airline with 170 routes serving 16 countries, operating from a total of 87 departure points, 36 UK and 51 European airports* (all routes on sale Nov ’14  – Sep ‘15)
  • Flybe operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Oct ’13 - Sep ‘14)
  • Flybe operates 45 Bombardier Q400, 13 Embraer 195 and 11 Embraer 175 aircraft
  • 2012/13 Awards: Amsterdam Schiphol’s Airline of the Year 2012 Europe;  Travel Agents’ Choice ‘Airline of the Year UK & Ireland; ‘Best UK Domestic Airline’ Award Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards last two consecutive years
  • Flybe was listed on the London Stock Exchange in December 2010
  • In August 2011, Flybe jointly acquired Finnish Commuter Airlines (Finncomm) in a 60-40% partnership with Finnair
  • Flybe has codeshare agreements with British Airways (since March 2007), Air France (October 2010), Etihad (October 2009), KLM (May 2012) and Finnair (Sep 2014)
  • Flybe is the largest scheduled airline, measured by air traffic movements, at Belfast City, Birmingham, Exeter, Inverness, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA  – Sep ‘14)
  • Flybe’s Training Academy in Exeter, costing £11.9-million to construct, was officially opened by Rt. Hon George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer April  2011
  • Flybe launched the aviation industry’s first ever eco labelling scheme in 2007
  • Flybe signed a landmark franchise Agreement with Loganair, the Scottish regional airline, in January 2008– the first of its kind ever for a low cost carrier: and a franchise agreement with Stobart Air in March 2014.

* Flown under the Flybe brand (of which 26 routes and 13 airports are exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair; and 6 routes and 5 airports exclusively served by franchise partner, Stobart Air)

About Stella Aviation International (SAI):

  • EASA Approved Training Organisation based in Maastricht, Istanbul and Dalaman.

Specialised in:

  • MPL training, integrated ATP (on request by airlines)
  • Type and Airline related training on B737NG and A320.
  • Different sorts of selections for Airlines
  • SAI uses over 100 TRI/TRE’s and is able to train and accommodate international students on different locations by having a unique Visa approval  procedure in concert with the immigration department.
  • SAI is a Language Assessment Body (LAB) for the issue, revalidation and upgrade of LPE levels in and outside Europe.
  • SAI is able to select and train ATP pilots from other schools to be ready for a Pilot Provisioning programs for other Airlines.

About the MPL Programme:
Further information about the programme can be found at
www.stella-international.eu where details of future courses will be published when available.