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HRH Duke of Kent visits Flybe's Training Academy

16 July 2013

The Flybe Training Academy at Exeter International Airport has hosted a visit from HRH The Duke of Kent during which he signed a commemorative plaque in recognition of the first graduates of the Flybe Engineering Diploma/FdSc Aircraft Engineering.

The qualification is offered in conjunction with Exeter College and is the country’s only four-year programme in Aerospace Engineering. Prior to graduating, all students had accepted offers of employment not only with Flybe but also from a number of other major players within the aviation industry.

The Duke was met on arrival by Flybe’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim French and Training Academy Director, Jacqueline Hepburn and enjoyed a one-hour long tour of  the state-of-the art building that features 26 classrooms, a flight simulator complex, integrated apprentice workshop and cabin door trainer. All facilities contribute to the extensive selection of training opportunities available to both Flybe staff and to an increasingly extensive range of national and international clients. Prior to leaving, he was presented with a small memento of his visit  made by this year’s student intake.

Mr French commented:  “We were honoured that His Royal Highness expressed a desire to visit our Training Academy and also impressed by his understanding of the key role that Flybe can play in training future generations of aircraft engineers, pilots, cabin crew and management. We were proud to have such an opportunity to showcase our students’ success and that, together with our partners at Exeter College, we have such a unique programme to offer young people from across the South West and wider afield.”