By DebbieH 25 Feb 2019 7 min read

ACS Aviation flight school approved to train ex-military pilots for new careers in civilian airline industry

ACS Aviation, a flight school based in Perth, has been given the go ahead to train military pilots for careers flying airline passenger jets.

As reported by The Insider, the Ministry of Defence approved the company’s programme, where ex-RAF personnel can gain Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCAS) to convert their qualifications into civilian licences.

The company has experienced an increase in the number of would-be pilots and forecasts that more than 200 will enrol on to its Airline Pilot Transport Licence programme throughout the next three years.

ACS Aviation is forecasting a 46% increase in turnover from £1.3 million to £1.9 million for the year ending March 31.

Group technical director at ACS Aviation Ltd, Craig McDonald, said:  “Over the past year ACS has established a position as one of the leading flying schools in Europe, with our international graduates going on to secure employment with a host of airlines including Ryanair, Loganair, Thomas Cook, Stobart Air and Norwegian Airlines.

“Achieving Approved Learning Provider status with the MoD is something we’re extremely proud of and strengthens our commitment to support the Armed Forces community. This relationship combined with new developments in our engineering division and a recent surge in flight training applications has contributed to our recent growth and provides a strong foundation for the future expansion of the business.”

The organisation also owns Civil Aviation Authority Part 145 approved aircraft maintenance services provider, ACS Engineering, which specialises in aircraft and helicopter maintenance. It has been authorised as a Diamond Aircraft Service Centre for Diamond DA20, DA40 and DA42 aircraft.

Graeme Frater, ACS managing director said: “At ACS Aviation we are passionate about what we do and strive to build a world renowned centre of excellence for commercial flight training and aircraft maintenance services at Perth Airport.  This award is a huge honour and recognition of the hard work, drive and determination of the entire ACS team.”


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