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Flight Training

The best way to examine an airline's commitment to safety is through assessing the quality of its flight training, and the training our flight and cabin crew receive is renowned as first class. 

Flight Training is responsible for providing aircraft type conversion courses and ongoing training for our flight crew, as well as those working for other customers. We also train our cabin crew in Safety and Emergency Procedures and provide technical training for British Airways Engineering.

Flight Training

Almost all training takes place in simulators and we have 15 full flight simulators at our Cranebank training facility near London Heathrow Airport. This facility houses cabin and engineering training simulators, as well as classrooms equipped with PCs for computer based training in order to provide a range of training from refresher training through to courses in aviation medicine.

Technical professionals, alongside a range of management and business support functions, assist our training professionals who deliver this training bearing a huge responsibility to everyone within British Airways and to all our customers. Having reached the top of their respective fields, they are inspired to share their skills and flying know-how to the next generation of the airline community.

Simulator Engineers

Our Flight simulators are a significant investment for BA at around £9 million each; therefore the Flight Training operation runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In order to support the operation, our team of dedicated Simulator Engineers provide 24-hour coverage and maintenance to the highest standards.

Our Simulator Engineers, have previous experience working within a full flight simulation environment, ideally with exposure to at least one the following simulator types: B777-200, B767-300, B747-400, B737-400.

Safety and Emergency Procedures (SEP) Training

Every year British Airways cabin and flight crew attend one of our Safety and Emergency Procedures training programmes at our Cranebank training facilities.

Our role is to equip crews with the skills and confidence they need to decisively handle a complete range of emergency situations - including fires, decompression, emergency landings and ditching. Both full motion and fixed base cabin simulators are used to allow crews to practise a full range of realistic scenarios in a cabin and flight deck environment.

Most of our trainers come from an operational background and combine their role within Flight Training with flying duties, which provides a greater authenticity to the training environment. Their primary task is to deliver the formal training required by the relevant regulatory authorities in conjunction with creating a culture of success.